|Cute lunch bag as a reminder to pack healthy snacks for those busy times.|
First - figuring out how much my kids should be eating. I've always thought they really shouldn't be eating a lot. I mean, they're kids, they're little people. But, as I read, they are little people with little stomachs and a lot of energy. And, admittedly, most of our activities are sports related, so my kids are active kids. According to a couple charts and figures, my little squad should be consuming between 1200 calories (the 7-year old girl) to 1600 calories (the older girls) to 1800 calories (the 9-year old boy)!* That's as much as I eat. (Now, I really feel bad for my friends with three boys.) That puts us at between 400 - 600 calories per meal. Alright, let's see what the kids can have.
|Menu options fit for a kid|
For me? Its the Fish Sandwich or one of the salads. I don't eat meat, so those are pretty much my options, as far as entrees, anyway. But I did notice on one of the info sheets a great tip - I can skip the tartar sauce and get rid of 90 calories. That's half-way to a vanilla cone (skip the hot fudge) or a small sweet tea. Another tip, only use half the dressing on the salad - there's the other half of my ice cream cone.
On the list of things that induce mom guilt is feeding the kids fast food. Reading over this nutritional information is making me feel better. Do I think we should grab a burger and fries every day? No, I don't think anybody should eat anything every day (well, except coffee, and maybe rice). You need a variety in your diet for vitamins and all that good stuff. But I'm glad to have some options for those days when we are no where near our kitchen.
Check the website for more info on McDonald's menu items or flip over the tray liner next time you order your meal.
*Note - this caloric information is not medical recommendations from me - I'm not a doctor - this is info gleaned from other articles. Be sure to check with your own kids' doctor if you have questions about their weight, diet, etc.