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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..!!)
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.
Mama to (DS 7) and (DD 5), wife to DH
The lettuce isn't exactly healthy though. Sure it's a "veggie", but that is just iceberg lettuce with no nutritional value.
We all know that mickey d's is crap, most all chain store food is crap.
But I want everyone to keep in mind one thing.
I was raised by a woman who had extreme food and TV values... no sugar...EVER, no meat,dairy, the closest thing to fast food was tomato soup. and god forbid I ever had kool aid or soda, Popsicles, and for the longest time... i hated chocolate, until i learned that carob and chocolate are not the same.
No TV either.. one hour a week.
When I went to my friend's houses... I BEGGED for the sugary treats, zombied myself in front of their TV.
Then I went away to school... and discovered diet Pepsi, fast food and because I was never taught moderation of these things, I did a huge number on my body.
So in my adult house... we eat well, we do meat, dairy and organic veggies, and food from our garden, the neighbors trees and the like. BUT the kids get to go to Mickey D's, or their favorite Taco bell, they get the occasional soda, they are allowed to make reasonable responsible decisions about food NOW. And I admit we will go months with out eating fast food, and then finals hit and I am bringing home fast food every night for a week. (then we all are begging for real food again)
TV.. during the summer, the TV is rarely on, because there are lots of things to do and be.. during the Oregon rainy winters, we do watch more, IN MODERATION and the children get to make the decisions on whether they want to play card games, or watch TV.
BTW... my mom never learned this lesson.. I have a 15 year old brother (I'm 37) and when he is at my house... his head is in my son's psp, or he's zoned out on the boob tube... and raiding my fridge for goodies... And at 15, he can wipe out both my inside fridge and outside fridge of all things "banned" at mom's.
Well, I have no issues re: McD either way but wanted to share a chuckle...
We have Bearded Dragons (AWESOME little pets) but the breeder made sure that we understood NEVER to feed them iceberg lettuce as it won't give them enough nutritional value. ANd, yeah, sure enough, they adore organic dark leaf lettuce.
But, hey, if you're balancing out your diet w/more than crickets, go for it.
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