McDonald’s Tweaks Happy Meals With Healthy Changes

New options include bottled water and low-fat yogurt with no artificial ingredients.

November 19, 2018

CHICAGO, Ill. – McDonald’s Happy Meal on got a makeover earlier this year, and now the fast-food giant is again updating the popular offering, according to Nation’s Restaurant News.

The chain has removed artificial preservatives from the meal’s low-fat strawberry Yoplait Go-Gurt and will provide a 16.9-fluid ounce bottle of Dasani water as a beverage option at no additional cost.

In February, McDonald’s announced that the Happy Meal would undergo major changes, such as making cheeseburgers a request-only item, reducing the serving size of French fries, cutting sodium in chicken McNuggets and reformulating the sugar content of chocolate milk. The company also removed artificial preservatives from its Chicken McNuggets.

In addition, McDonald’s has pledged that every meal combination offered on the Happy Meal’s U.S. menu will have 600 calories or less.

Five years ago, McDonald's began working with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, an organization that battles childhood obesity, to develop a plan for providing customers with more access to fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy and water, especially in the Happy Meal.

Since that time, changes range from replacing frozen beef on the Quarter Pounder with fresh beef to eliminating artificial ingredients in seven classic burgers.

McDonald’s operates approximately 14,000 restaurants in the U.S.