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happy meal did you know you can?!?!

post #1 of 134
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when you go McDonalds you can order a happy meal for your dc and ask then to add on other toping like lettuce, tomatos or whatever else dc loves all you have to do is place the order and say "I would like extra lettuce on it" it is free just want it to get around let our kids can get healthy things in it
post #2 of 134
I didn't know that. Not that we go that often but it does happen from time to time. You can also get apple slices insted of fries most places. Sometimes you can get a pack of graham cookies insted of the toy too. Not any healthier but not a piece of plastic junk either.
post #3 of 134
The lettuce isn't exactly healthy though. Sure it's a "veggie", but that is just iceberg lettuce with no nutritional value.
I just don't let my kids eat there at all.
post #4 of 134
I worked at McD's before. You can pretty much add whatever you want.
post #5 of 134
McDonalds - uck, yick, ewwww. I think I've said enough.
post #6 of 134
I agree, YUCK! My husband and I decided: no fast food for baby! Now, if I could just quit the habit....
post #7 of 134
When we go to Burger King we often ask for extra tomatoes and such. I sure wish they'd use something besides iceberg lettuce though.
post #8 of 134
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post #10 of 134
Here in Australia, the happy meal choices are :
cheeseburger, fries, drink
nuggets, fries, drink
toasted cheese/tomato sandwich, box sultana's, juice
pasta shapes (filled with cheese and roast vege's) with a tomato dipping sauce, and a reduced fat milk drink plus a flavoured straw (blech... i don't like these... my daughter would just get the milk)

I haven't let DD have mcdonalds for ages, but I think it's good that there's pasta there as well, now. We have McCafe's, I guess they're in the US too? So we could go to Macca's, I could have a paninni with tomato and fetta, plus an espresso, and DD could have pasta and a juice. And I could have a piece of mud cake afterwards (breastfeeding... I need chocolate for that, right? LOL that's my excuse anyway..!!)
post #11 of 134
You don't need an excuse for chocolate. It's a food group. :
post #12 of 134
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Originally Posted by the_queen View Post
Here in Australia, the happy meal choices are :
cheeseburger, fries, drink
nuggets, fries, drink
toasted cheese/tomato sandwich, box sultana's, juice
pasta shapes (filled with cheese and roast vege's) with a tomato dipping sauce, and a reduced fat milk drink plus a flavoured straw (blech... i don't like these... my daughter would just get the milk)

I haven't let DD have mcdonalds for ages, but I think it's good that there's pasta there as well, now. We have McCafe's, I guess they're in the US too? So we could go to Macca's, I could have a paninni with tomato and fetta, plus an espresso, and DD could have pasta and a juice. And I could have a piece of mud cake afterwards (breastfeeding... I need chocolate for that, right? LOL that's my excuse anyway..!!)
I want those choices!!!! I think we just have the burger and nuggets options.


I get mcD's for me and DH. DD will sometimes share a salad with me while DH and I soley get the cruddier stuff. : I usually end up swinging by the smoothie shop and get her a cup a fruit too.
post #13 of 134
I would never, ever, ever special order anything at McDonalds. This is only a result of anectdotal evidence from people I've known who worked at one.
post #14 of 134
Somehow I can't imagine how the lettuce and tomatoes make it any healthier, yuck! Kinda like how ordering a diet coke w/ a big mac is weight control.
post #15 of 134
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Somehow I can't imagine how the lettuce and tomatoes make it any healthier, yuck! Kinda like how ordering a diet coke w/ a big mac is weight control.
LOL I agree.
But if you are going to eat it, might as well get some of the better stuff in there with it I guess.
post #16 of 134
It has to be an EXTREME emergency for us to let DS eat there. If we are on the road and forgot to pack snacks for DS and he is hungry we will stop there and our eating choices are limited, we will absolutely stop there.

For the Happy Meal, we try to stick to as healthy as possible:

2% Milk or just plain ole water in lieu of Soda
Apple Slices/Fruit Cup in lieu of French Fries

I have no problem with DS keeping the plastic toy. Buys me at least 15 minutes of guaranteed quiet time for the rest of the car trip home.
post #17 of 134
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Originally Posted by zo's ma View Post
Somehow I can't imagine how the lettuce and tomatoes make it any healthier, yuck! Kinda like how ordering a diet coke w/ a big mac is weight control.
Well, if you're in the habit of regularly ordering a Big Mac and a coke and then you substitute the Coke with a Diet Coke, it will likely contribute to weight loss because you are consuming fewer calories. Healthy, no.
post #18 of 134
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Originally Posted by Throkmorton View Post
The lettuce isn't exactly healthy though. Sure it's a "veggie", but that is just iceberg lettuce with no nutritional value.
It has a bit.

Iceberg lettuce has Vitamins A and C, and iron (although in small quantities), and also adds some fiber to an otherwise non-fibrous meal.
post #19 of 134
yah, but it's still mcdonald's... even w/ a piece of iceburg lettuce on top!:
post #20 of 134
I'm shocked that families on here eat at Mcdonalds...that seems soooooo unnatural for a natural family living community.

Even if you add the few vitamins that are in the crappy lettuce and tomatoes that they provide...you are still eating bleached white flour, low grade hormone filled meat (if that's even what the substance is), and processed cheese if you order it with cheese. The chicken nuggets are noooo better...fried food...filled with UNhealthy trans fats...even if you substitute the fries for fruit...you are still getting a crappy meal...I'd rather serve my little one a stick of butter than let her eat there. (or myself for that matter).

This is all without going into the practices that make mcdonalds and other large fast food and soda companies corrupt in nature.
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