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San Francisco Happy Meal Ban Could Help Parents Think Outside the Box


San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors have voted to ban most of McDonald’s happy meals as they are now served. This will make San Francisco the first city in the US to forbid restaurants from offering a free toy with meals that contain more than a set level of calories, sugar, and fat.

The ordinance may require that fruits and vegetables be included in children’s meals that come with toys. With child obesity so prevalent in this country, parents can find healthier choices.

For some outside the box ideas, here is a top ten list of healthy food choices that kids will love:

“My first reaction was defensive. Will this take away my right and responsibility to decide meals for my children?” said Kimberly Lumsden, Founder of No Tears Parenting. “We parents will still have a choice. It just forces us to think more carefully about healthy meals for our kids.”

The No Tears Parenting website,, is dedicated to analyzing the best practices for child rearing - including optimum diets to keep our kids happy and healthy. The No Tears Parenting community serves as support for parents dealing with parenting issues including defiance, ADHD, isolation, and more.


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