Me, I was always a Burger King girl.
When I was a kid, in the prehistoric period of the 1970's, there were only two choices, McDonald's and Burger King. Oh, sure, there was Jack in the Box with that creepy doll popping out of the top of the restaurant, and Wendy's a bit later, but if you were going out for burger and fries, you were likely to choose one of the Big Two.
My sister loved McDonald's and there would always be an argument.
"Flame broiled!" I would shout.
"Twoallbeefpattiesspecialsaucelettucecheesepicklesonionsonasesameseedbun!" she would zing back.
Rats. Who could argue with Special Sauce and such obvious syllabic dominance?
Still, I maintained my Whopper Pref through most of my life. You know, until I went all Food, Inc. and swore off commercially produced beef for two years, which forced me to look for alternative choices on the very rare occasion of a visit to a fast food joint. And as much as I tried to BKLoyal, once the Whopper was out of the picture, I was saddened to find that there wasn't much else that was Royal on the King's menu.
And I found myself at McDonald's.
I did not ask them to Super Size Me and I didn't really Deserve a Break Today, but could it be? Was McDonald's becoming My Kind of Place? Was I Lovin' It?
Well…all I knew was that I really liked the yogurt parfait, the salads had Paul Newman dressing, and the oatmeal was pretty seriously yummy. And all of it was (gasp) relatively healthy.
So when The Motherhood asked me if I was interested in attending a press event for McDonald's brand-new Nutrition Network, an initiative that will award seed money to local community organizations in the tri-state area for grassroots nutrition programs, I had to consider it.
I say "consider" because I genuinely wanted to make sure I would feel good about writing about McDonald's nutritional efforts, or at least I could do so with a straight face. Sure, I'm not a food blogger, (after all, I call myself The Slob Gourmet) and I'm not a nutritionist, as my enduring passion for Twizzler Pull'n'Peels makes plain, but I do like to be able to stand by my decisions on what and whom I recommend. So I would ask you to not throw pink slime my way when I say that I think that McDonald's is doing a pretty good job of giving healthier options on their menu. Options. No, you won't find me devouring a Big Mac and a Shamrock shake, but you will find me giving my kids the occasional Happy Meal (particularly now that McDonald's has reduced the size of the french fries from 2.2 ounces to 1.1 ounce and includes apple slices for dessert) while I eat a salad (and a few of their fries while they are distracted by the Play Space). Occasional.
Are you noticing my italicized "O" words?
McDonald's new Nutrition Network will identify and celebrate community organizations that promote nutrition and responsible eating choices, providing seed money to NPOs in the tristate area for development or improvement of their nutrition programs. You can obtain an application here.
I just have to say that my sister is going to be delighted that I've caved and am promoting McDonald's. She may even send me a bucket of Special Sauce to acknowledge her win.
I was compensated by The Motherhood to attend McDonald's Nutrition Network press event. All opinions are my own. Particularly my opinion that my sister is going to rub it in that she was right all along. And that Twizzler Pull'n'Peels are nutritionally bereft but utterly delicious.