This post was sponsored by McDonald’s as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
This was a big week for us – first, my four year old graduated from preschool in a flourish of yellow feathers and a school performance of his favorite song – five little ducks. Later that night my oldest son came home with news that he had aced his school’s band auditions and would be the proud owner of a rented trumpet next year. Not to be left out of the celebration, my middle son decided to learn to ride a bike without any training wheels one night – something he’s been working towards for two summers already. I love celebrating victories big and small with the boys – I want them to know how proud we are of the work they put in to meeting all of their goals! We decided we would choose a day this week to have dinner out. Going out to eat is one of our favorite ways to celebrate because it gives us a chance to slow down and connect – I’m not stuck in the kitchen cooking and there’s no big clean up waiting for me later on, which means I have more time to focus on my family. Finding something we can all agree on isn’t always easy, but I can count on the boys to always agree to McDonald’s!
In our house McDonald’s is the perfect family treat – something that bridges the gap between childhoods. I can remember the excitement of a special trip to McDonald’s for a Happy Meal when I was a kid, and watching my kids still enjoy something as simple as that Happy Meal is refreshing for me. With so much pressure from school and activities, I feel like a trip to McDonald’s is a chance for my boys to just be kids for a little while!
Isn’t there something so down-to-earth and easy about watching our children laugh and play with fingers sticky from barbecue sauce? It takes me back to the games and giggles of my sister and I, sitting with friends at our local McDonald’s, while our parents chatted away over stolen french fries at the next table. And while I’m no stranger to swiping a few fries from the kids, I’m really loving some of the more grown-up selections I get from the Signature Crafted sandwiches on the menu right now! My current favorite is the Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Sandwich because it’s made with 100% chicken breast filet, real buttermilk and a blend of spices including black pepper, garlic and onion powder, but their growing menu of signature sandwiches, like the Pico Guacamole, Maple Bacon Dijon and Sweet BBQ Bacon burgers and chicken sandwiches, make it easy to find something delicious every time we visit!
As a parent my appreciation for McDonald’s has grown in so many new ways. I’ve seen the menu change over the years to reflect things that I care about as a mom – healthier, updated food options and high quality ingredients that allow me to feel good about the choices we are making, without sacrificing the great taste we love. My kids are huge fans of the chicken nuggets (who isn’t!?) and I’m a huge fan of knowing they are made without any artificial preservatives or antibiotics important to human medicine. And now that my oldest son has moved on to the regular menu I can let him order whatever he likes secure in the knowledge that every burger and sandwich is made with 100 percent pure beef or chicken. Even their milk jugs and Go-Gurt yogurt are made with low-fat milk that hasn’t been treated with growth hormones, just like we use at home.
In fact, changes to the way McDonald’s sources and prepares their food has impacted over half of the national menu in the last two years! That’s a lot of positive progress! And McDonald’s isn’t done yet – they have more exciting changes planned in the future, like sourcing only 100% cage-free eggs by 2025 in the US and Canada.
As summer approaches I’ll appreciate McDonald’s even more, because we love stopping by after a day of hiking or playing at the pool to cool down and refuel! Need to find a McDonald’s near you? Check out their website for locations, or download the app to get access to locations, menus and more! If you want to hear about all of the great menu changes McDonald’s has planned, follow them on Twitter and Instagram!