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More Nutritious Meals for Children Debut at Dacula, Hamilton Mill Chick-fil-A Restaurants

New meals feature grilled chicken, applesauce and healthier drink options.

The and the Hamilton Mill Chick-fil-A now have a healthier children’s menu.

Grilled chicken nuggets are now being offered as an alternative to regular chicken nuggets. According to a Chick-fil-A press release, the move marks the first time a national fast food chain has offered a grilled entrée as part of a children’s menu.

The grilled nuggets are gluten-free and are made from a boneless, skinless breast of chicken tumbled in a salt and pepper spice blend before being grilled. Four nuggets contain 80 calories and 1 gram of fat, while the six count contains 110 calories and 1.5 grams of fat.

The new menu also includes Buddy Fruits Pure Blended Fruit To Go applesauce. The squeezable fruit pouch is gluten free and contains 100 percent fruit juice. Each serving contains 60 calories and zero grams of fat.  Hi-C has been removed from the menu and the restaurant chain will now promote 1 percent milk, 100 percent apple juice, fresh-squeezed lemonade or bottled water as drink choices.

The new menu give customers the option to pair grilled nuggets, a fruit cup and 1 percent milk for a meal with only 210 calories and three grams of fat.

Dacula residents wanting to try the new menu offerings can take advantage of child-friendly activities on Jan. 10 at the and the   Customers will receive one free kid's meal with each adult meal purchase.

“According to reports from the Centers for Disease Control, Americans frequently choose convenience over nutrition. This has created a greater likelihood of our children becoming overweight or obese. The reality is that we live in an on-the-go world where parents have limited healthy meal options for their kids on the way to and from recreational activities, school or other events,” said Woody Faulk, Chick-fil-A’s vice president of brand strategy and design, who oversees Chick-fil-A’s menu. “Our new Kid’s Meal reflects our commitment to helping parents strike a balance between nutrition, convenience and price. We want parents to know that they do have a choice at Chick-fil-A.”

The changes to the children’s menu are just part of an overall effort to make Chick-fil-A’s offerings more nutritious. Chick-fil-A is currently working to reduce sodium in its menu items and has removed high fructose corn syrup from its chocolate milk, and some salad dressings and sauces.

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