The Healthiest Kid's Meals at Fast Food Joints

As parents, we want our kids to eat healthy. However, this can be hard to implement when you are running your kids from school and after-school activities. Many families do not have time to put a healthy dinner on the table. When you have to eat out, choose these healthy kid meals instead.

Chipotle Kids Taco Plate

This is the best choice for kids because it can be easily customized to their preferences and if they have any dietary restrictions. Kids can get black beans, brown rice, and chicken with guacamole and salsa. The kid’s meal also comes with organic juice. In fact, Chipotle has made the transition to organic and GMO-free ingredients.

McDonalds with Fruit Instead of Fries

If you can convince your child to skip the fries and soda, McDonalds can provide a decent fast food meal. Of course, even with subbing apple slices for fries, McDonalds should not be any every day type of thing. To get the healthiest meal at McDonalds, skip the fries and get apple slices and a yogurt instead. Also, chicken nuggets have fewer calories than a cheeseburger. Try to skip the drink all together and just drink water.

KFC

While KFC may stand for “Kentucky Fried Chicken”, the best thing to get for kids is grilled chicken. Choose grilled chicken drumsticks with a side of green beans and apple sauce. You can then choose milk or water as the beverage since their juice is all sugar.

Dairy Queen

Sick of your child always eating chicken nuggets? Dairy Queen offers a kid’s meal that comes with a turkey wrap, banana, and smoothie.

Subway

Get your child a veggie delite and avoid the processed chemicals from the meat. While Subway’s bread is not the healthiest choice either, it is still better than many restaurants. Opt for wheat. For your side, skip chips in favor for apple slices and choose regular milk over the sugar-laden chocolate milk.

Starbucks

A classic oatmeal and an unsweetened passion tea or kid’s cold milk makes a great breakfast or anytime meal. The classic oatmeal comes with a mix of berries and nuts, but go easy on the brown sugar package that also comes with it.

When it comes down to it, children and adults alike will eat better at home. However, sometimes when life gets busy, it is great to know where you can get a healthy meal on the go. To keep kids even healthier, keep organic apple sauce pouches, raw nuts, and water bottles in the car at all times.

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