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A healthier option for children

Chick-fil-A includes grilled nuggets, apple sauce

Photo by M.J. Subiria Arauz
The Chick-fil-A: Jonesboro Dwarf House is now offering a grilled chicken nuggets “Kid’s Meal,” with “healthy” side options. The grilled entrée is part of a new children’s meal option at all Chick-fil-A locations throughout the nation.

Photo by M.J. Subiria Arauz The Chick-fil-A: Jonesboro Dwarf House is now offering a grilled chicken nuggets “Kid’s Meal,” with “healthy” side options. The grilled entrée is part of a new children’s meal option at all Chick-fil-A locations throughout the nation.

Most children seem to enjoy eating at fast food restaurants.

Meals usually come with a hamburger, hot dog, or chicken nuggets and a side of french fries.

Chick-fil-A is now providing additional healthy choices for their “Kid’s Meal,” by giving children the option to choose grilled chicken nuggets, instead of the traditional breaded kind, according to Marc Brown, an assistant manager at the Chick-fil-A: Jonesboro Dwarf House.

Chick-fil-A has added apple sauce as a side item as well, he said.

“Quality nutrition — that’s what Chick-fil-A customers have come to expect,” said Brown.

“People are looking to become more health-conscious,” he added.

Chick-fil-A Spokesman Mark Baldwin said the eatery is debuting one of the nation’s most nutritious kids’ meals. This is the first time a fast food chain has included a grilled entrée on its children’s menu, he said.

Jonesboro resident, Mike Guyton, was dining at the Jonesboro Dwarf House with friends, recently. He said he is excited about the grilled chicken nugget option for children. “Grilled food is much better than fried,” he said.

Assistant Manager Brown said a Kid’s Meal with grilled chicken nuggets, on average, costs $3.25 for a four-nugget meal, or $3.95 for a six-nugget meal.

According to Chick-fil-A officials, four pieces of grilled chicken nuggets contain 80 calories and a gram of fat. Six pieces of grilled chicken nuggets have 110 calories and 1.5 grams of fat.

The “Buddy Fruits Pure Blended Fruit To Go” applesauce is consumed through a pouch, and contains 60 calories and zero grams of fat. It compliments Chick-fil-A’s fruit cup, which has been on the menu since 2004.

Healthy meal drink options also include: one percent, reduced fat, plain or chocolate milk; 100 percent apple juice, and fresh lemonade which, restaurant chain officials said, contains 30 percent of the recommended requirement of vitamin C.

According to Chick-fil-A’s “Nutrition Guide,” youngsters, who eat a four-count breaded chicken nugget meal with a small fruit cup and reduced fat plain milk, will take in 270 calories.

The four-count grilled chicken nugget meal has 210 calories, 60 calories less than the breaded meal.

“According to reports from the [U.S.] Centers for Disease Control, Americans frequently choose convenience over nutrition,” added Woody Faulk, vice president of brand strategy and design for Chick-fil-A. “This has created a greater likelihood of our children becoming overweight and obese.”

Spokesman Baldwin said children, today, consume 31 percent more calories, as well as, 56 percent more fat than youngsters did 40 years ago.

“Our new Kid’s Meal reflects our commitment to helping parents strike a balance between nutrition, convenience and price,” added Faulk. “We want parents to know that they do have a choice with Chick-fil-A.”