McDonald's Happy Meal Nutrition Facts

McDonald's has changed its signature Happy Meal many times over the years. In 1979, the first of these kids' meals let children choose between a hamburger or cheeseburger, plus a side of French fries, a drink, cookies for dessert, and a toy. In 1983, McDonald's take on bite-size chicken, McNuggets, were added to Happy Meal choices. But with growing demand for healthier options, the restaurant has evolved things further since then.

Happy Meal Options

In 2019, kids can choose either the chain's classic hamburger or chicken McNuggets (four or six pieces) for their Happy Meal entrée. (While a cheeseburger is no longer advertised as a meal option, it can be substituted at a customer's request.)

The meal comes with a small side of fries, but kids can also choose to add a Yoplait GO-GURT Low-Fat Strawberry Yogurt or apple slices.

The drink options included in the Happy Meal lineup are a small jug of 1 percent milk, a bottle of Dasani water, or an apple juice box. And, of course, the Happy Meal still comes with a toy.

If your child has food allergies or sensitivities, many McDonald's locations will accommodate substitutions if you ask.

Happy Meal Nutritional Information

McDonald's has been working to be more transparent about nutrition, particularly with Happy Meals. In 2018, the fast-food chain announced it was taking a more proactive approach to providing consumer-friendly nutrition information and began rolling out changes to the Happy Meal menu.

The changes are part of the McDonald's five "Global Happy Meal Goals" to be reached by 2020, which include a pledge "to offer more balanced meals, simplify ingredients, continue to be transparent with Happy Meal nutrition information, reinforce responsible marketing to children, and leverage innovative marketing to help impact the purchase of foods and beverages that contain recommended food groups in Happy Meals."

When planning your child's diet, it's important to understand where the foods you choose will fall within percent daily values (%DV) for nutrients.

Nutrition recommendations for children are not the same as those for adults, so it's important to be aware of how food selections will affect your child's daily nutritional needs in ways that may be different from yours.

For example, fast food, prepackaged snacks, and other highly processed foods tend to have a lot of sodium. Knowing the %DV of sodium that a fast food meal accounts for will help you balance the rest of the day's snacks and meals. Making a more balanced choice, such as a Happy Meal with McNuggets and apple slices instead of fries (or sharing an order), can help you reduce a meal's overall impact in this regard.

You can calculate the total calories, fat, protein, and carbohydrate, and other nutritional information for all items on the menu, including Happy Meals, using their website's Nutrition Calculator.

Here is the 2019 nutrition information for the items included in a McDonald's Happy Meal. The %DV included are per recommendations for adults and children age 4 and up, and based on a 2,000-calorie diet.

Entrees

A young boy eating a Mcdonald's Happy Meal
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McDonald's Hamburger

  • Calories: 250 calories
  • Fat: 8 grams (12% DV)
  • Carbohydrate: 31 grams (10% DV)
  • Protein: 13 grams
  • Sugar: 6 grams
  • Sodium: 480 milligrams (20% DV)

4-Piece Chicken McNuggets

  • Calories: 180 calories
  • Fat: 11 grams (16% DV)
  • Carbohydrate: 11 grams (4% DV)
  • Protein: 10 grams
  • Sugar: 0 grams
  • Sodium: 340 milligrams (14% DV)

6-Piece Chicken McNuggets

  • Calories: 270 calories
  • Fat: 16 grams (25% DV)
  • Carbohydrate: 16 grams (5% DV)
  • Protein: 15 grams
  • Sugar: 0 grams
  • Sodium: 510 milligrams (21% DV)

Sides

McDonald's French Fries (Kids' Size)

  • Calories: 110 calories
  • Fat: 5 grams (8% DV)
  • Carbohydrate: 15 grams (5% DV)
  • Protein: 1 gram
  • Sugar: 0 grams
  • Sodium: 80 milligrams (3% DV)

Apple Slices

  • Calories: 15 calories
  • Fat: 0 grams
  • Carbohydrate: 4 grams (1% DV)
  • Protein: 0 grams
  • Sugar: 3 grams
  • Sodium: 0 milligrams

Yoplait GO-GURT Low-Fat Strawberry Yogurt

  • Calories: 45 calories
  • Fat: 0.5 grams (1% DV)
  • Carbohydrate: 7 grams (2% DV)
  • Protein: 2 grams
  • Sugar: 5 grams
  • Sodium: 30 milligrams (1% DV)

Beverages

Dasani Bottled Water

  • Calories: 0 calories
  • Fat: 0 grams
  • Carbohydrate: 0 grams
  • Protein: 0 grams
  • Sugar: 0 grams
  • Sodium: 0 milligrams

1% Low-Fat Milk Jug

  • Calories: 100 calories
  • Fat: 2.5 grams (4% DV)
  • Carbohydrate: 12 grams (4% DV)
  • Protein: 8 grams
  • Sugar: 12 grams
  • Sodium: 125 milligrams (5% DV)

Honest Kids Appley Ever After Organic Juice Drink

  • Calories: 35 calories
  • Fat: 0 grams
  • Carbohydrate: 9 grams (3% DV)
  • Protein: 0 grams
  • Sugar: 8 grams
  • Sodium: 10 milligrams

Meal Combination Examples

Hamburger Happy Meal With Apple Slices, Fries, and Low-Fat Milk

  • Calories: 480 calories
  • Fat: 16 grams (25% DV)
  • Carbohydrate: 62 grams (21% DV)
  • Protein: 22 grams
  • Sugar: 21 grams
  • Sodium: 680 milligrams (28% DV)

4-Piece Chicken McNuggets Happy Meal With Yogurt, Fries, and Apple Juice

  • Calories: 370 calories
  • Fat: 17 grams (26% DV)
  • Carbohydrate: 42 grams (14% DV)
  • Protein: 14 grams
  • Sugar: 13 grams
  • Sodium: 460 milligrams (19% DV)

6-Piece Chicken McNuggets Happy Meal With Apple Slices, Fries, and Water

  • Calories: 400 calories
  • Fat: 21 grams (33% DV)
  • Carbohydrate: 35 grams (12% DV)
  • Protein: 16 grams
  • Sugar: 3 grams
  • Sodium: 580 milligrams (24% DV)
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