It seems as if McDonald's has accepted the #KisMenuChallenge and will, in fact, make major changes to its happy meals.
Back in September, Panera Bread's CEO, Ron Shaich, posted a video on social media where he got real about the fast foods our kids are eating. Basically, he noted that "for too long, fast food chains in the United States have served our children poorly," and he even challenged the big dogs to a Kids Menu Challenge. "I challenge the CEOs of McDonald's, Wendy's and Burger King to eat off of their kids' menu for a week, or to re-evaluate what they're serving our children in their restaurants," he said.
Come February 2018 and McDonald's has officially announced healthier kid meals are on the way! On Thursday, the company announced that they will further its efforts by setting five new Global Happy Meal Goals through 2022. These include balanced meals, simplified ingredients, and more.
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Expect to see the following Happy Meal changes in the upcoming years:
- No more cheeseburgers: They will be listing only the following entrée choices: Hamburger, 4-piece and 6-piece Chicken McNuggets. The Cheeseburger will only be available at a customer's request.
- Reducing fries: Replacing the small French fries with kids-sized fries in the 6-piece Chicken McNugget meal, which decreases the calories and sodium in the fries serving by half.
- No more chocolate milk: Reformulating chocolate milk to reduce the amount of added sugar. During this period, chocolate milk will no longer be listed on the Happy Meal menu but will be available at a customer's request.
- Water bottles: Later this year, bottled water will be added as a featured beverage choice on Happy Meal menu boards.
- Organic juices: In December 2017, McDonald's USA completed the transition to Honest Kids Appley Ever After organic juice drink, which has 45 fewer calories and half the total sugar than the prior 100 percent apple juice served in the U.S.
"With these planned menu updates, there will be average reductions of 20 percent in calories, 50 percent in added sugars,13 percent in saturated fat and/or 17 percent in sodium, depending on the customer's specific meal selection," the fast food chain said in a press statement.
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