“Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to a very un-Happy Meal,
Happy Birthday to you!!!”
It is official. One year has now passed since I purchased this meal and Annie freaked out over the smell of a McDonald’s drive-thru. Since then, this burger and fry combo have sat on our dining room hutch, and attracted many interesting comments from guests. One of Darren’s friends (okay, he’s my friend too) even ate one of the french fries just a month or two ago! He said it tasted like a McDonald’s french fry. I gagged. (And could barely finish the dinner we were enjoying.)
Annie and Ellie now both scream, “EW!!! STINKY OLD McDONALD’S!!! PEOPLE DON’T EAT THERE!” every time we pass one, and every so often, Darren asks when we can just put the plate away. (He long ago gave up the idea that I would even consider tossing it at any point before the girls enter high school. Now, he’s just hoping I will put it up on a shelf somewhere.)
As for me, I giggle over the fact that Healthnut Foodie gets more traffic from Google because of this photo and this post than from any of the yummy food we’ve created. Well, except for pozole verde, coconut crusted chicken tenders, and the best grilled veggies ever. (The article I wrote on artificial colors gets a lot of attention as well.)
All of the buzz over this burger gets our family excited because it means that more and more family’s are realizing the risks that come with feasting on the standard American diet. Every day, more and more mainstream grocery stores are adding better for you choices to their shelves as well! We still have a long way to go, but I am pumped about the way real food awareness has skyrocketed over the past year!
To all of you that are sharing the real food message with your family, friends, and community, THANK YOU!!! Together, and by regularly voting with our food dollar, we will take back the integrity of our nation’s food source.
(While snapping this picture, I really wanted to put a candle in the burger or the bun, but they were both as hard as a hockey puck.)