SARAH'S BLOG OF FUN: McDonald's Kids In The Kitchen Day Event! #McDKidsintheKitchen @McDEasternNE

Thursday, September 1, 2016

McDonald's Kids In The Kitchen Day Event! #McDKidsintheKitchen @McDEasternNE

**All opinions expressed are 100% my own.  I was compensated for this post.**

McDonald's has been a tasty treat for myself for many years now!!  When I was a kid, we were always so excited when my parents would take us.  Our favorite time to go was around Halloween and we would get our Happy Meals in those really cool Halloween themed buckets.  We had witches, Frankenstein, and Dracula!!  

I remember this one time we went to McDonald's and on our way home, our car broke down.  At the time my Dad was in the hospital, so we were given a ride home by a police man.  It was so cool riding home in a police car.  It was my Mom, two Sisters, Brother and doggie Vinni.  

Now McDonald's was a rare treat for us, so we savored it immensely.  When we arrived home, my siblings and I sat at the coffee table in the living room while my Mom called my Dad to see how he was doing and to let him know what happened.  I laid my cheeseburger out on the table, got my fries out of the box, and of course had to check out my toy!!  I turned my head for two seconds, and my evil doggie Vinni, grabbed my burger and ran.  Of course he ate the whole thing!!

Obviously that event has traumatized me still to this day at least 20 years later!!  

I want my kids to have fond memories of childhood with McDonald's like I do, except without the dog eating their Happy Meal!!

This past week, the boys and I were invited to attend a fun filled event with McDonald's out in Natick MA.  The event was titled McDonald's Kids In The Kitchen. 

When we arrived we were greeted by an awesome table that lights up and of course some awesome people too!!

This is Sara Amin.  She is a Nutritionist who explained to the kids how you need daily servings of Dairy, Grains, Protein, Fruits and Veggies for a healthy diet.  She did it in such a fun way, that I don't think the kids realized they were learning!!  She had them interact and participate by naming certain foods, and even playing Simon Says!!

After being taught about the healthy food groups, the kids got to decorate their own lunch boxes.  My boys who love arts and crafts, had so much fun doing this!!  Doug has been carrying his box around with him everywhere since he made it!!

While we waited for the lunchboxes to dry, the kids were given the opportunity to make their own lunch!!  Now this was the highlight for me!!  The kids were given a piece of lettuce, and a ton of fixings to make their own wrap!!  It was such a simple concept, but something that made my boys very happy!!  

We've never made these ourselves before, so they went crazy!!  They added cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, BBQ sauce, Italian Dressing and of course Chicken McNuggets.  They loved it and ate every bite!!  We have made them at home twice since.  

All in all, my boys had a blast, and I was happy to learn all about how McDonald's is still striving to give kids and parents healthy food options, and constantly improving their classic menu items, like how their Chicken McNuggets are now 100% free of preservatives!!

Commitment to Nutrition and Well-Being

·  McDonald’s is on a journey that involves listening more and assuming less. They’re asking questions and getting answers. Today, they’re working harder than ever to evolve with their customers and the changing world.

·  For more than 55 years, McDonald’s has evolved its menu to meet the changing needs of its valued customers. McDonald’s is committed to giving you more delicious choices to feel good about now and in the months and years to come, with the overarching goal of making sure the food you and your family love is something you can feel good about.

Real & Fresh Ingredients in Chicken McNuggets

·  McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets are now completely free of artificial preservatives

·  Chicken used in all McDonald’s food including McNuggets is no longer raised with antibiotics important to human health

·  The change comes as part of McDonald’s continued commitment to being transparent about its food so you, the consumer, can enjoy the best food experience possible

Real & Fresh Ingredients in Additional Signature Menu Items

· Chicken

o   The Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich and Premium Grilled Chicken Bacon Clubhouse Sandwich are made with 100% chicken breast filet with no preservatives and are seared right in McDonald’s kitchens

o   The Premium Crispy Chicken Bacon Clubhouse Sandwich is made of a tender and juicy chicken breast filet

o   McChicken sandwiches are made with a filet that’s made with a blend of dark and white meat chicken, so it’s juicy and flavorful

o   McDonald’s works with three dedicated Chicken McNugget suppliers: Keystone Foods, Tyson and Dorada – all located in the U.S., in states such as Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia

o   McDonald’s has committed to using chicken that is not raised with antibiotics important to human medicine. McDonald’s has been working closely with farmers for years to reduce the use of antibiotics in our supply, thus are able to commit to stop using said antibiotics for McDonald’s USA by March 2017

· Eggs

o   McDonald’s cracks USDA Grade A fresh eggs into an ‘egg ring’ which forms the iconic round shape for the Egg McMuffin

· Beef

o   McDonald’s uses 100% beef that is ground, formed into patties and then flash frozen

o   Flash freezing is when beef is freshly ground and then quickly frozen to seal in flavor. From there, it usually takes about two to three weeks until the burger is served from the day it was formed

o   McDonald’s burgers are made with no additives or preservatives; just seasoned with a pinch of salt and pepper when cooked

· Potatoes

o   The potatoes used for McDonald’s World Famous Fries are made from varieties including Russet Burbank, Ranger Russet, Umatilla Russet and the Shepody

o   The suppliers McDonald’s works with first peel, cut and blanch the potatoes. They then dry, partially fry and flash freeze the fries for restaurants. Once in kitchens, the fries are cooked in a Canola blend oil so that they are served crispy and hot

· Produce

o   McDonald’s finds most of the leafy greens for salads right here in the U.S., but some come from Mexico, too

o   The majority of McDonald’s lettuce comes from farms in the U.S., supplemented with a small amount imported from Mexico

o   McDonald’s uses three kinds of lettuce in its Premium Salads — Romaine and Iceberg for crunch, and Spring Mix for flavor

o   Tomatoes originate in Florida, the Carolinas, California and Mexico

We had a great time!!  Thank you McDonald's for inviting us!!  Make sure you follow them on Twitter and Instagram to learn about new products and promotions!!  It was also great to see some of my favorite fellow bloggers, Melissa at The Mommy Chronicles and Kristi at Mom's Own Words!!
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This post is written by Sarah Coulsey . She is a Wife, and Mother of two boys living in New England. This post may contain affiliate links.

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