Fast Food No-Nos

I’ve mentioned before how much I love the book “Eat This, Not That! For Kids!” by David Zinczenko.

It’s an easy read with great nutritional info and food alternatives. The book understands that kids are kids and want chicken nuggets, sweet cereal, and McDonald’s. The best part is that it offers the best places/choices for these things and doesn’t try to force feed your kid green leafy veggies.

One good tidbit is The 20 Worst Kids’ Foods in America. I giggled a little when I realized 3 of the top 4 things had been consumed by me at some point. Lets see how you fare:


Baskin-Robbins’ Heath Shake 990 calories, 46 g fat, 113 g sugar

It has 73 ingredients and almost as many calories as 5 Heath bars.

Honestly, I’ve had this probably 4 times. Heath is my favorite candy bar, and this shake is damn good! However, I’m glad the boys are content with a single scoop or sorbet.



P.F Changs’s Chicken Lo Mein 1,198 calories, 67 g fat

There is more fat in this dish than 5 chocolate Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

Wow, I just had both last week! And so did the boys. Bad mom.



T.G.I. Friday’s Potato Skins (1/2 order) 1,430 calories

This contains 80% of a 9-year old’s daily caloric intake.

I really thought this was a healthy choice because it’s a potato, right?



Chili’s Pepper Pals’ Country Fried Chicken Crispers with ranch dressing and homestyle fries

1.110 calories, 82 g fat, 1.980 mg sodium, 56 g carbs

I think this one is self explanatory.

I am proud to say me or the boys have never had this (probably only because we don’t have Chili’s here, but at least I know not to get it…or at least not to eat all the fries)

So, how did you do?

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