Saturday, July 19, 2014

What's Happening @McDonalds ? New "Happy" Meal Ambassador, New Go-Gurt Side + Giveaway (5 Winners)

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A lot of our summer has been filled with Doctor appointments, therapy appointments and the running around that comes with them.  Although running around all summer is not at all what I had in mind we've made the best of it.  One of the ways we've made it work is special treats at the end of those appointments.  One of my sons favorite picks is a Happy Meal from McDonald's. "Chicken and Fries," he will say. That means he would like a chicken nugget kids meal.

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Meet "Happy" McDonald's new Happy Meal Ambassador
McDonald’s today introduced “Happy,” a new animated Happy Meal character that brings fun and excitement to kids’ meals while also serving as an ambassador for balanced and wholesome eating. Happy was introduced nationwide May 23, and will encourage kids to enjoy fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy and wholesome beverages such as water or juice.

Parents and kids across the U.S. can also look forward to an additional side option for Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals starting July 4: Go-GURT® Low-Fat Strawberry YogurtThis Go-GURT Low-Fat Strawberry Yogurt is made exclusively for McDonald’s, contains 50 calories, has 25 percent less sugar than the leading kids’ yogurt* and is made with natural flavor. Guests have more options for sides in kids’ meals – they can choose either Go-GURT Low-Fat Strawberry Yogurt or apple slices, or choose both together as their sides in place of a kid-size fry.

These new additions are the latest examples of McDonald’s USA’s ongoing dedication to children’s nutrition and well-being as part of its “Commitments to Offer Improved Nutrition Choices.”


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McDonald's has added Go-Gurt Low Fat Strawberry yogurt to the menu! 


Happy is an animated McDonald’s Happy Meal box who was first introduced in 2009 to children and families in France. Happy has since made its way to Latin America and other countries in Europe and is now set to make a grand entrance in the U.S. Happy is about bringing more fun and excitement to kids’ meals, including eating wholesome food choices like low-fat yogurt.

Go-GURT Low-Fat Strawberry Yogurt, which delivers about one quarter cup of low-fat dairy and is a good source of calcium and vitamin D, provides another balanced choice for kids, along with apple slices, 1% low-fat white milk, fat-free chocolate milk and 100% apple juice beverage options.  

This latest offering supports McDonald’s partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, an organization founded by the American Heart Association and Clinton Foundation to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity and empower kids to develop lifelong, healthy habits. The Alliance and McDonald’s are working together to increase customers’ access to fruit, vegetables and low-fat dairy and help families and children make informed choices in keeping with healthy, balanced lifestyles.

In March 2012, McDonald’s started automatically including apple slices and a kid-size fry in every Happy Meal and Mighty Kids Meal. Since then, more than 1.1 billion bags of apple slices have been served.  Beginning later this year, McDonald’s USA will also only promote milk, juice or water as a beverage choice with Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals on menu boards and in-restaurant and external advertising and communications.

About McDonald's
McDonald's USA, LLC, serves a variety of menu options made with quality ingredients to more than 27 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of McDonald's 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by businessmen and women. Customers can now log online for free at approximately 11,500 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald's U.S. restaurants. For more information, visit www.mcdonalds.com, or follow us on Twitter @McDonalds and Facebookwww.facebook.com/mcdonalds.
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Happy encourage kids to enjoy fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy and wholesome beverages such as water or juice.

My Thoughts:  Although my child will choose the apples every single time I am happy McDonald's is giving other healthy options for families to choose from.  Choice is great!  I think the Go-Gurt will be a very kids friendly option.  I know many of the kids I work with bring go-gurts daily in their lunch boxes from home. I know that I have a very picky eater.  I think that in my situation having these options could be beneficial because if he gets them as something special in a happy meal, he may want to try them when I buy them for home.  

These new additions are the latest examples of McDonald’s USA’s ongoing dedication to children’s nutrition and well-being as part of its “Commitments to Offer Improved Nutrition Choices.”

McDonald's has generously shared some Happy Meal coupons to do a giveaway for my readers.  WIN: Each winner will receive a 4 pack of McDonald's "Free" Happy Meal Coupons!!  US only we will have a total of 5 winners. Just fill out the rafflecopter entry form for you chance to be the winner! 
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