Thursday, March 8, 2012

McDonald's Takes the Lead and {A Giveaway}

McDonald's once again earns the title of industry leader in providing even better, healthier choices for our littlest eaters. The Happy Meal has been revamped and parents are likely to be pleasantly surprised. Remember when you had to argue with your kids to choose the apples over the french fries when ordering their Happy Meal? Do you also remember the disappointment you felt when your girlfriend's kids ordered the apples and your kid walked up to the counter and adamantly answered "Fries!" so loud the people in the drive-thru could hear him? Embarrassment no more, my friends! Now, when your child orders a Happy Meal, expect the apples to be standard fare. Whew, right? Well, there's more!


McDonald's genuinely cares about our kids and their health and anything McDonald's does causes a huge ripple effect in the industry. The societal impact made by McDonald's and its actions are monumental. So much so that others in the fast food industry soon follow their lead. When redesigning the Happy Meal, McDonald's also looked at portion control and how children perceive a single serving size. The fact is, even the small fries are too much of a good thing for our kids. McDonald's reduced the size of the fries to "kid size", appropriately proportioned to tiny tummies. Learning about portion control starts young so as McDonald's spearheads this campaign, I say BRAVO! Other changes include the fat-free chocolate milk.

McDonald's is all about options. Over the years they have adjusted their menu to accommodate the public's desire for healthier choices. McDonald's should be commended for their menu updates. Is it their fault I still order the Big Mac value meal when I could be ordering the delicious chicken salad don't you have Big Mac days with balsamic vinaigrette? The same philosophy is behind the new Happy Meal. If your child prefers, and you approve, you can still get your Happy Meal with the original, small fries option. But say nothing and you'll get the kid size fries and apples on the side automatically. Not a bad way to manipulate the situation, huh? Heck, you could even make McDonald's the scape-goat as your kids open their Happy Meal to find the changes a bit unnerving. I can hear you saying it now, "Can you believe it? McDonald's changed their Happy Meal. Well, it's there, you might as well eat those apples," as you grin ear to ear on the inside.
Isn't this McDonald's absolutely stunning? It was a great event! Rockside Rd., Independence, Ohio
Last week I attended a mom blogger event hosted by McDonald's and they gave me some extra grab bag items that I wanted to share with a lucky LOVD reader. Here's what's included in the bag:

exclusive 1-GB McDonald's flash stick (so cool, and useful)
McDonald's Frisbee (fun, and your friends will be jealous, promise)
McDonald's band-aides (yeah, they do exist)
Recycled Journal (even the pen is recycled)
8 - coupons for FREE Happy Meals (did someone say FREE FOOD)

Giveaway winner will be chosen Tuesday, March 13, so check back then!

HOW TO ENTER?

1. Enter to win by leaving a comment telling us your favorite McDonald's menu item.

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3. Become a Linky Follower of feelLOVDeveryday

Leave a comment for each activity you did. US Residents only (sorry).
Winner will be selected via random.org.
The flash drive is worth your time to comment!

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There is one more contest I want you to know about. McDonald's is giving away a trip to the London Olympics to 10 lucky, creative kids and their one parent/guardian. All you have to do is make a video having your child talk about how your family makes mealtime fun while making healthy eating choices. Click here for more information. Deadline April 18.

Full Disclosure: I was invited to the Mom Blogger Press Release Event sponsored by NEO McDonald's and was provided grab bags with indicated contents and a meal (which was delicious, by the way: did you know there are over 14 different lettuce varieties in their salads? Ooo, I'm lovin' it!)

Begin your entries and Good Luck!

21 comments:

Lefty said...

I doubt this contest will be like the Halloween pillow! :) I'll be first to cast my vote! The pregnany mom over here would say that her favorite menu item is hands-down...the addictive Shamrock shake! Then...after March 23, it's the Mocha Frappe!

And I really wonder why I gained 25pounds ALREADY with this baby! :)

Chrissy said...

I'm a follower! :)

Amy said...

I follow you via Linky.

Amy said...

My fave is the Shamrock shake too.

Suzan Wood-Young said...

Wow, that's definitely not the McDonald's I remember!

Sherri said...

I love the McDouble. Ok, so it may not be as healthy, but I liked Double Cheese burgers...it just had too much cheese for me. The $1 menu item is perfect with one slice. It's my inexpensive quick fix for a Drive Thru lunch when I have to go that route. Plus the price is right!
I also love the Mocha Frappes.

Sherri said...

I 'like' McDonald's via Facebook.

Sherri said...

Thrilled to have found your blog, and am now following via Facebook.

Alaine88 said...

I love their Filet O Fish
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Alaine88 said...

I like you via FB
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Alaine88 said...

I like McD's on FB
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Cari and Cortnee @ Two Sasters said...

My fav are McFlurries:)

Cari and Cortnee @ Two Sasters said...

I follow you via LF!

tristatecruisers said...

i love their Chicken McNuggets and the chocolate shakes :)

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tristatecruisers said...

"Like" feelLOVDeveryday on FB :)

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tristatecruisers said...

"Like" McDonald's on FB :)

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Michele said...

Oh, Lilly! This is completely awesome. I'm from Idaho - yes, home of the Spuds. But most people don't know that all of those french fries from McDonald's come from Idaho potatoes (JR Simplot himself used to serve them up at a local McD's in downtown Boise). Okay, so maybe they aren't the healthiest to eat every day - but once in awhile is awesome. So glad you are doing this - and I'll be heading over to "like" you on facebook - and the linky follower. The children will be super excited to work on a video - thank you for letting us know.

Have a great weekend!!

xoxo michele

thistlewoodfarm said...

I am a linky follower :) What a great contest! I am trying to like you and McDonald's on fb....hope I can figure it out!

Have a great weekend!

blessings,
karianne

Dee said...

I love their chicken strips and french fries! :)

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Dee said...

I like McDonald's on fb as Dee G

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Dee said...

I like feelLOVDeveryday on fb as Dee G :)

Thanks for the chance!

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