I'm a big believer in personal responsibility, so you're not going to find me vilifying fast food companies like McDonald's or soda companies like Coca-Cola for making the products that they do. I truly believe it is possible to incorporate these foods into your diet, as long as you keep in mind that it's an indulgence (and by indulgence, I mean occasional, not every other day) and watch your portions when you do indulge.
That said, I always appreciate it when big companies acknowledge the huge influence their food and their marketing practices have on the average consumer, and work to inform and educate the consumer, as well as provide healthier options.
That's exactly what I saw on our latest trip to the Disneyland Resort. They have had healthier food options for some years now, but this time around, I saw healthy foods in more places than ever:
* Tiki Juice Bar, in Adventureland
* Tropical Imports Fruit Stand, in Adventureland
* Fruit stand on Main Street
* Fruit stand in Critter Country
* Fruit stand in Mickey's Toontown
* Fruit stand in Tomorrowland
Disney's California Adventure
* Floyd's Taste-In at Cars Land
* Fairfax Market at the Hollywood Pictures Backlot
* Schmoozies at the Hollywood Pictures Backlot
Moreover, I'm not just talking about a perfunctory serving of apple slices and caramel. I saw:
Pineapple spears and grapes
Mangoes and strawberries (with chocolate, to be sure, but hey, a girl has got to indulge)
Hummus, watermelon, and apples with caramel
Mixed berries and veggie sticks with ranch dip
I'm all for letting my kids have a hotdog and hamburger, but when you're on a 3 or 4-day Disneyland vacation, having these options is such a relief!
large-scale health initiative that includes pulling their character licensing for Happy Meals and banning ads for junk food on Disney tv channels and shows (starting in 2015). True, there are still way more carts for churros and turkey legs than carrots and apples, but it's a step in the right direction. Way to go, Disney!