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These Are The Best And Worst Fast Food Kids' Meals

Hint: It's a "no" for Dairy Queen's 1,080 calorie option.

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According to The American Heart Association, kids aged four through eight should eat only 1200-1400 calories per day, while kids aged nine through thirteen should eat just 1600-1800.

(Note: While calories are important, they don't give the entire picture of a meal's nutritional value. For more in-depth nutritional information click the links below.)

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Lowest calorie option: Chicken McNuggets, Apple Juice, Apple Slices, and Low Fat Strawberry Yogurt.

Highest calorie option: Cheeseburger, Chocolate Milk, Kids' Fries, and Low Fat Strawberry Yogurt.

Did you know? Fries are a default side in a Happy Meal, but you can skip the fries and get apples and yogurt as the two sides if you ask.

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Lowest calorie option: Four Piece Chicken Nuggets, Apple Slices, and Apple Juice.

Highest calorie option: Cheeseburger, Satisfries, and Chocolate Milk.

Did you know? In March, Burger King began serving "Satisfries" in its kids' meals, which taste like regular fries but have 40% less fat and 30% fewer calories.


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Lowest calorie option: Chicken Stars, Natural-Cut Fries, and 2% Milk.

Highest calorie option: Cheeseburger, Natural-Cut Fries, Barq's Root Beer.

Did you know? The Kid's Hand Breaded Chicken Tenders are also a good option, as they have just ten more calories than the Chicken Stars and less fat.

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Lowest calorie option: Grilled Drumstick, Green Beans, Apple Sauce, and Tropical Fruit Juice.

Highest calorie option: Chicken Little, Mac 'n Cheese, Apple Sauce, and 1% Milk.

Did you know? In addition to having the least amount of calories among the entree options, the Grilled Drumstick also has the least amount of fat and sodium.

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Lowest calorie option: Chicken Nuggets, Apple Slices, and Low-Fat Milk.

Highest calorie option: Cheeseburger, Natural Cut Fries, and Chocolate Milk.

Did you know? Wendy's offers a healthy seeming grilled chicken wrap, but it actually has more calories and as much fat as the hamburger.

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Lowest calorie option: Junior Roast Beef Sandwich, Apple Sauce, and Fruit Punch.

Highest calorie option: Chicken Tenders, Kid's Curly Fries, and Chocolate Milk.

Did you know? Bottled water is also an option for kids' meals.


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Lowest calorie option: Original Slider, Applesauce, and Milk.

Highest calorie option: Savory Grilled Chicken Slider, Kid's Sized French Fries, and Grape Soda.

Did you know? Many locations offer kid-sized onion rings. They have between 210-290 calories.


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Lowest calorie option: Grilled Chicken Strips, Apple Bites with Caramel, and Apple Juice.

Highest calorie option: Grilled Cheese, Kid's Fries, and 1% Milk.

Did you know? A Jr. Jack hamburger is another option for older kids. It has 320 calories.


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Lowest calorie option: Chicken Strips, Apple Slices and Fat-Free Caramel Dipping Sauce, and Apple Juice.

Highest calorie option: Grilled Cheese, Natural Cut Fries, and Chocolate Milk.

Did you know? They also offer tater tots, which at 220 calories are somewhat less caloric than the fries.


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Lowest calorie option: Turkey Wrap, Banana, and Strawberry and Banana Smoothie.

Highest calorie option: Cheeseburger, Kid's Fries, Dilly's Bar, and Arctic Rush Drink.

Did you know? The lowest calorie option meets the nutrition criteria to qualify as a meal for the National Restaurant Association’s Kids LiveWell Program.

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Lowest calorie option: Chicken Tenders, Barbecue Sauce, Mashed Potatoes, and Unsweetened Tea.

Highest calorie option: Chicken Nuggets, Barbecue Sauce, Onion Rings, and Orange Soda.

Did you know? Popeye's does not offer milk or apple juice for kids.

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Lowest calorie option: Veggie Delite, Apple Slices, and Low-fat Milk.

Highest calorie option: Roast Beef Sandwich, Apple Slices, and Low-fat Chocolate Milk.

Did you know? Subway is the only fast food chain to join The Partnership for a Healthier America in "making meaningful commitments to help in the fight against childhood obesity."

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