Do you know what you get when a bunch of super intelligent, highly capable, incredibly social moms come together to talk parenting, nutrition, guilt and options? You get a darn good time! I was very honored to serve as the hostess of the Moms nutrition panel at recent McDonald’s Workshop where we engaged in an open dialog about parenting with real moms of real kids. Everyone in attendance was able to ask questions of registered dietician Sylvia Klinger. She opened our eyes to the numerous ways in which McDonald’s is working to keep customers informed and in the driver’s seat when it comes to their meals.
It seemed that most everyone in attendance was surprised to find out that you can make changes and substitutions to your McDonald’s order to better suit your personal needs. You can request your Filet of Fish to have the tarter on the side. You can have your Southern Style Chicken served on a whole grain bun. You can have your Egg McMuffin without the canadian bacon. You can even have your french fries without extra salt. So many options, you just have to think outside the menu. And if you are not sure where to start, I suggest you log onto the McDonald’s website. There you will find a plethora of information about what is offered at McDonald’s and the nutrition and caloric content for each of the items. Because there is nothing wrong with having McDonald’s occasionally as long as you make informed choices and round out your day’s nutrition with the fiber, protein, fruits and vegetables that you need in total.
It’s a good idea to check the online menu anyway as McDonald’s is constantly increasing their menu offerings. Just recently they added Fish McBites to their food roster. We got to sample them at the event. Some of our Moms admitted that they were initially hesitant to try the McBites because they just assumed that they wouldn’t like them. But in the spirit of the event they took a chance and were pleasantly surprised by how much they enjoyed the Fish McBites’ experience. That’s exactly what McDonald’s is hoping your kids will do as well, take a chance.
We could have gone on for another hour or more, but the event finally had to come to an end, however, the conversation is still going. Nevertheless, in short, I think the quick takeaway from our little event was, “Don’t measure your nutrition in bite size moments, it’s the arc of your days’ meals that matter.” Hey, but don’t just take my word for it, check out what all of these brilliant ladies had to say in their own words.
Lis @blm03 #ChicagoMomsFish Workshop
Raijean @swaraiblog McDonald’s Moms Nutrition Workshop
Tracey @justanothermom McDonald’s and My family and a Giveaway!
Samantha @peanutsgang2004 http://www.thepeanutsgang.com
Natasha @hfofnicholes http://www.housefulofnicholes.com
Joyce @PThirty1_JC www.pthirty1.com
Maria @maritramos http://ASavingsWOW.com
Jennifer @3girlsmomma19 http://www.memyselfandjen.com
For additonal Articles from Miss Lori about this subject please check out these links:
12 Reasons Why I Consider McDonald’s a Parenting Partner here
Miss Lori Talks Moms and Nutrition at McDonald’s here
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