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Panera Has Cleaned Up its Kids Meals and Challenges Other Chains to Do the Same

The Daily Meal | Posted 08.18.2016 | Taste
The Daily Meal

Would Happy Meals be happier if they were healthier? Panera has cleaned up its kids menu, eliminated artificial colors and preservatives, banned "gimmicks and distractions," and focused on nutritious options paired with water and apples.

Huge Happy Meal Toy Recall Affects McDonald's Nationwide

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 08.24.2016 | Healthy Living

UPDATE, AUGUST 23: McDonald’s issued a full-scale recall of its fitness tracker toys. Customers who received one in a Happy Meal are instructed to r...

Healthiest McDonald's Happy Meal Menu Items

The Daily Meal | Posted 06.29.2016 | Taste
The Daily Meal

Enjoying a McDonald's Happy Meal is one of the great childhood memories for many of us, because not only did it come in that awesome box, not only was...

13 Unique Things You Should Collect When Traveling (PHOTOS)

Trippy | Posted 06.30.2016 | Travel

Let's face it. If you love to travel, there's nothing more exciting than exploring a new place for the first time. Well, maybe there is one thing: buying something new from each place to remind you of your trip!

McDonald's Operators: Cut McCafe, Happy Meal Choices

BurgerBusiness | Posted 03.23.2015 | Business

McDonald's has said it will begin simplifying its menu. McCafé and Happy Meals may be the first to get eliminated.

The Happy Meal: Fast Food's Greatest Invention

Troy Johnson | Posted 04.23.2014 | Comedy
Troy Johnson

Of all the fast food gimmickry in the world, the Happy Meal is the greatest. Other fast food chains tried to be clever and baroque with the name of t...

Editorial Shorthand Fails Our Debates On Public Health

Marice Ashe | Posted 03.27.2014 | Home
Marice Ashe

The word "ban" is a loaded one, virtually guaranteed to inflame readers' passions on an issue.

11 Signs Fast Food Has Completely Taken Over America

The Huffington Post | Renee Jacques | Posted 03.14.2014 | Taste

Fast food restaurants keep thinking of more outrageous ways to get you completely hooked to them.

The Year in Food: McD's, Big Food Tweets, Great Reads, and GMO Seeds

Andy Bellatti | Posted 02.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

This time around, I pay homage to high school yearbooks and take a look back at the year in food and nutrition via superlatives. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you... the class of 2013.

The 5 Unhealthiest Fast-Food Kids' Meals

The Daily Meal | Posted 01.25.2014 | Taste
The Daily Meal

We tracked down the unhealthiest kids' meal combos at fast-food chains, and they're not always the ones you'd expect.

Super-Sized Lies: Why You Can't Trust Promises by McDonald's

Michele Simon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Michele Simon

In a grandiose announcement from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation (an offshoot of the Clinton Foundation), McDonald's proved once again that it's not only the world's fast-food leader, but also the king of spin.

Nutrition Standards Won't Fix Big Food's Worst Child Marketing Tactics

Michele Simon | Posted 09.08.2013 | Business
Michele Simon

Some advocates contend that tweaking the nutritional content of foods marketed to children is a good approach because it's incremental, while stopping marketing altogether is asking for too much. But why must this be the only way to engage in incrementalism?

Top 10 Lies Told by McDonald's CEO at Annual Shareholder's Meeting

Michele Simon | Posted 07.30.2013 | Business
Michele Simon

Last week at McDonald's annual shareholder's meeting, CEO Don Thompson got caught off-guard when a team of 15 advocates descended upon corporate headquarters to question the fast food leader's relentless exploitation of children and communities of color.

Man Allegedly Tries To Turn McDonald's Into Very Happy Meal

Posted 04.16.2013 | Weird News

Maybe she wanted to try the new McWraps? Donald Jones, 58, is accused of trying to trade McDonald's for sex with a prostitute in Albuquerque, N.M.,...

The Latest McFib: Our Food Is Healthy

Andy Bellatti | Posted 06.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

Last week, in what is yet another example of Big Food's symbiotic relationship with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, McDonald's Director of Nutrition spoke to her fellow colleagues at the Utah Dietetic Association meeting about the chain's new "healthy initiatives."

Koch-Backed Candidate's Un-'Happy Meal'

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 08.02.2012 | Politics

An Americans for Prosperity-backed candidate for the Kansas state Senate is being accused of violating McDonald's copyright over use of the term "Happ...

McDonald's Debuts New Health-Focused Happy Meal Ads

Posted 03.06.2012 | Home

McDonald's has long been criticized for luring kids through the Golden Arches, towards a lifetime of unhealthy eating, using toys and clowns. But, as ...

The Holiday Foods
That Will Boost Your Mood

Maria Rodale | Posted 02.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

The foods we eat have a huge impact on our emotional well-being. Some foods can give you a sharper, more energized, happier brain, while others tank y...

Hey McDonald's, How Do You Like Them Apples? Why I'm Not Unhappy With the New Happy Meal.

Dina R. Rose | Posted 02.08.2012 | Parents
Dina R. Rose

These changes don't amount to a hill of beans from a nutrition perspective. From a habits perspective, though, the changes are worth considering. Let me explain.

McDonald's Unveils Healthier Happy Meal Options In Chicago

Posted 12.28.2011 | Chicago

As part of McDonald's "Commitments to Offer Improved Nutrition Choices," an initiative they announced in July, the restaurant chain will launch a new ...

Happy Meals To Include Less Fries, More Fruit

Huffington Post | Amanda Chan | Posted 09.25.2011 | Healthy Living

We all know what's always included in a McDonald's Happy Meal: a burger or chicken nuggets, french fries, a toy, a soft drink. And fruit? McDonald'...

Jack In the Box Pulls Toys From Kids' Meals

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 08.22.2011 | Home

San Diego-based Jack in the Box will no longer include toys in its kid's combo meals, spokespeople from the fifth-largest fast food chain told Reuters...

Ronald McDonald Returns To Commercials

Slashfood | Slashfood Editor, Posted Apr 4th 2011 @ 1:00PM | Posted 06.05.2011 | Home

Apparently, the reports of his death were greatly exaggerated -- Ronald McDonald, the red-haired clown that's been the (silent) mouthpiece of the Gold...

Where's Ronald?

Daily Finance | David Schepp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

As clowns' careers go, Ronald McDonald has had a pretty good run -- he's been the face of McDonald's (MCD) for 48 years. But as fans of the jester may...

I'm With Stupid: Bad Parents Unhappy About Happy Meals

Todd Hartley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

I am, admittedly, not the best parent in the world. Oh, I try, but I'm lazy and not very bright, so sometimes things don't work out exactly as planned...