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 Healthier Happy Meal

Two kids are working with the top chef at McDonald’s to make Happy Meals more nutritious
NOVEMBER 09, 2012
JOHN ZICH—ZRIMAGES FOR MCDONALD'S
Kid Reporter Alice Gottesman posed with Sarah Ralston and Elanya Saley at McDonald's headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois.
Fast food is known for being convenient. But when it comes to nutrition, it is not considered to be the best choice. McDonald’s says they want to change that. In July 2011, the company announced a plan to provide customers with healthier options. One change since then has been the addition of apple slices to Happy Meals.
Now, the fast-food chain is enlisting kids’ help to make changes to their kid’s meals, which they call Happy Meals. Sarah Ralston, 11, and Elanya Saley, 9, won a contest to become honorary Happy Meal chefs. Their job is to help the company’s executive chef, Dan Coudreaut, create a healthy new Happy Meal option. “I want to make sure that [kids] are being active and healthy,” Sarah told TFK.
Kids Pitch In
Kid Reporter Alice Gottesman interviews McDonald's executive chef Dan Coudreaut.
JOHN ZICH—ZRIMAGES FOR MCDONALD'S
Kid Reporter Alice Gottesman interviews McDonald's executive chef Dan Coudreaut.
At the company’s headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, the two girls started by experimenting with pocket food—a term used for food items that have a filling. They made turnovers stuffed with broccoli and cheese, empanadas packed with chicken and vegetables and ravioli made with meat and spinach.
Sarah and Elanya started with pocket foods because it is easy to put vegetables in pocket food. If you can grow all the vegetables in one place and put them in the foods in one place, it’s possible to then ship everything out to the thousands of McDonald’s locations, Coudreaut explained.
According to Coudreaut, making changes to the Happy Meal can be challenging. Even adding apple slices required a great deal of planning. “With 14,000 restaurants, that is a really hard thing to do,” said Coudreaut.
Still, Coudreaut hopes to make many more changes, with the goal of making the meals more nutritious. “We aren’t stopping at apples,” he said.
 
i used to love happy meals when i was small. my question about this article is should Mcdonalds change the happy meal to a more healthier meal or just leave it the way it is ????????????? 




































6 comments:

  1. I think McDonald should change the happy meals but they haven't yet and this article was written two years ago. McDonald definitely had enough time to change the meals its been two years. It was a good idea to bring the kids in but personally i wouldn't buy what they were making.

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  2. i feel that they should change the happy meal to something more healthy for it will help the already bad obesity in the US along with providing real, fresh food to those who want it. it must be hard to do though for it has been three years since they started this project and nothing much has happened and i believe it would cost much more to have fresh food shipped and sold all around the world

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  3. I do agree with megan that if this happened two years ago and still nothing changed with the meal selection and considering it was young kids wanting change im surprised nothing was fixed. Also, healthier foods may cost more which would cause higher prices for the mcdonalds company and more for the consumers. I think they should split the menu and do some healthy and some unhealthy because most people do go to mcdonalds for the cheap, easy food.

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  4. Im completely with Vince on this article as well. If McDonalds truly believes that they can make their food healthier and change obesity in our country then I am definitely all for it. I also agree with Vince in how I have not seen much progress on this so I dont know how much this will have an impact on country. If this were to get started up then I think it could have potential for a really large impact on our country.

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  5. Even if they make happy meals healthier, people will always have a choice. There are other restaurants where you can get kids meals with the same unhealthy foods as an old unhealthy happy meal would have. People also always have the choice to just order the adult sized food for kids. Either way, they will eat the way they want to regardless of a change in happy meals.

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  6. I agree with sharona, because making the kids meal a healthy meal, it can not prevent other kids eating healthy foods. There are other places that doesn't give healthy meal. Also it is their choice if they want to eat healthy foods or unhealthy foods.

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