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The Healthy Family Meals Newsletter, Issue #146 Fullness of Summer
August 19, 2011

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Improved Nutrition Choices at McDonald's

McDonald’s® is making some major changes this summer for better nutrition choices. It is a comprehensive plan to help families make nutrition-minded choices when visiting McDonald’s or eating elsewhere.

These commitments include:

1. Championing children’s well-being: McDonald’s will automatically include produce in every Happy Meal® and promote food and beverage choices to meet the rigorous Council of Better Business Bureaus’ Food Pledge nutrition standards.

The impact will be an estimated 20 percent reduction in calories for the most popular Happy Meals.

In 2012, McDonald’s will also raise nutrition awareness among children and parents through national communications and marketing initiatives. The company will promote nutrition and/or active lifestyle messages in 100 percent of its national kids’ communications; digital, magazine and television advertising and as part of the Happy Meal packaging. McDonald’s will also provide funding for community-based nutrition awareness programs.

2. Expanding and improving nutritionally-balanced menu choices: By 2020, McDonald’s will reduce added sugars, saturated fat and calories through varied portion sizes, reformulations and innovations. Starting with the already completed 10 percent reduction in the majority of our chicken items, McDonald’s will reduce sodium an average of 15 percent across its national menu of food choices by 2015.

3. Increasing customers’ and employees’ access to nutrition information: McDonald’s will expand in-restaurant, website and mobile communications, and marketing making access to this information even easier.

To begin, McDonald’s first mobile app is now available so customers can access nutrition information on-the-go. McDonald’s will continue to evolve the offerings on the menu and in collaboration with food and nutrition experts, will strive to encourage individuals to make nutrition-minded choices.

McDonald's welcomes comments or questions at To learn more about these commitments and to access downloadable resources, please visit the website link below.

Submitted by:

Cindy Goody, PhD, MBA, RD, LDN

Senior Director – Nutrition

McDonald’s USA, LLC

2111 McDonald’s Drive

Oak Brook, IL 60523

Read more on the website.

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In early August through mid-September, when tomato season is at full throttle, this simple salad of tomatoes and cucumbers is a feature of our dinner table at least twice a week.

Ingredients and Instructions:

* 6 large ripe tomatoes, seeded and chopped

* 1 cucumber, peeled if the skin is bitter, seeded and chopped

* 1 small red onion, chopped

* about 1 cup fresh curly parsley, chopped fine

* juice of 1 lemon, strained

* about 1/4 cup unrefined extra virgin olive oil (see sources)

* unrefined sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1. Toss the chopped tomatoes, cucumber, onion and parsley together in a big mixing bowl but take care not to bruise the tomatoes to badly.

2. When the the vegetables and parsley are thoroughly mixed together so as to ensure that every spoonful of salad yields a little bit of cucumber, parsley, onion and tomato, pour the juice of one lemon and 1/4 cup unrefined olive oil over the salad. Stir it again.

3. Generously season the salad with unrefined sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

YIELD: About 4 to 6 servings for vegetable lovers, 8 servings for everyone else

TIME: under 5 minutes

SOURCE: Nourished Kitchen

What will your family do for healthier MEALTIMES?

Celebrating Healthy Families 2011

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Kindy --Your Family Dietitian

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