Happy Meals Make Me Unhappy

So here’s the deal: I do not just want to rain on the Happy Meals parade.  In general, I am not a huge fan of the majority of American children’s menus… not in the least.  And here’s why:

Is a serving of french fries equivalent to a serving of vegetables?

In this same way, can ketchup count as a serving of fruit?  Children’s menus in America are certainly trying to convince us that they can.  Unfortunately, these food options for kids often lack substantial portions of fruits and vegetables.  Unhealthy fats, sugars, and sodium replace the healthful benefits and bright flavors of fresh herbs.  They are just plain nutritionally deficient.

Besides the fact that these menus are unhealthy, they are also uninventive.  For instance, the typical options go something like this: hamburgers/cheeseburgers, cheese/pepperoni pizza, chicken fingers and french fries, and macaroni and cheese.  In my opinion, these offerings discourage kids from developing a palate.  Rather than trying to expand their culinary horizons, kids eat the same foods, made from the same ingredients (or chemicals) each time they go out to eat with their families.

Do Happy Meals make you unhappy?  Why or why not?  If given the opportunity, how would you take action to change American children’s menus?  Please let me know.

Until Next Week… Plan Well, Pack Well, Live Well,

Katie 🙂

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3 thoughts on “Happy Meals Make Me Unhappy

  1. Jen

    In my opinion, kids that are weaned on Happy meals and other fast foods, even the so called “healthy options” are at risk. Risk for the obvious diseases, diabetes, obesity, etc… but they are also susceptible to bone density issues, and high blood pressure from the high sodium content. Thanks for bringing awareness to the issue!

  2. Pingback: Children’s Menus…Lacking Common Sense? – Katie Chiffer: Nutrition Advocate, Food Blogger, & Health Enthusiast

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