We try really hard to get healthy foods into our kids. We’re not an all-organic clan over here, but I’m pretty proud that one of Story’s favourite foods is kale (with the runners up being chocolate and broccoli). That’s not too bad for a four-year-old. Mason (he’s 14 months) is a really easy-to-feed kid, too. Were it not for his scary food allergies, I’m sure there would be little he wouldn’t hoover. The fact that he’s so eager to try any food we eat is actually stressful for me, because I often have to deny him foods for fear they contain one of the Big Bad Scary Ingredients he’s allergic to (dairy and eggs are the two most common offenders, particularly in take-out or fast foods).

So when it comes to convenience eating, while I don’t at all mind feeding Story fast food on occasion, I really avoid it with Mason.

That’s where “Shwishalay” comes in. Or, rather, Swiss Chalet. (Story pronounces it “shwishalay” and since she mispronounces very little, I don’t bother to correct this one… it’s cute… so sue me.)

Swiss Chalet is fast, and as far as convenience food goes, it’s not too unhealthy. WIN. They cook the fries in trans-fat free oil and since we usually eat a low-sodium diet, I can overlook the sodium content of the chicken (490mg in a quarter chicken) on occasion.

The other night when we were all exhausted from being sick for what feels like months on end, I ordered a Family Meal online at for delivery. I usually order online and send Ryan (my husband) to pick it up, but this time, frankly, we were too tired to make the trip. I was pretty disappointed with the soggy fries that arrived at the door, but we popped them in the oven for five minutes and they were fine.

It’s relieving to know Mason can safely enjoy the chicken and fries, and that we can sit down and have a treat meal all together. While we usually cook supper, I absolutely loved being able to, for once, go with convenience.

It’s sometimes pretty difficult to eat as a family (my husband doesn’t get home from work till 7pm, and the kids go to bed at 7:30pm), so being able to treat outselves once in awhile like this is fantastic.

I wouldn’t order often, but I sure like it for a treat. So thanks, Swiss Chalet & EverythingMom, for the opportunity!

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As part of a Mom Influencer program with EverythingMom, I was offered a $50 eGift Card from Swiss Chalet in order to experience their online order system and share my dining experience with you.

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