Wednesday, December 16, 2009
A Few of My Favorite Things~McDonald's Fruit and Maple Oatmeal
I really cannot believe that I am posting a McDonald's menu item as one of my favorite things. Usually this is a place that I give-in and go to once in a while for the kiddos. It is seldom that I go there for myself.
We had a road trip to take Thanksgiving weekend, and on our rush out the door that morning, I forgot to eat breakfast. Since Mickey D's is practically at the end of my driveway, that was my breakfast option. I noticed a sign for the new Fruit and Maple Oatmeal and decided to give it a try. Wow! I received a reasonably-sized portion of freshly made oatmeal with loads of freshly chopped apples, raisins, golden raisins, and dried cranberries. It smelled and tasted wonderful. There was fruit in every bite. I have ordered this three times since Thanksgiving to see if they were going to get skimpy with the fruit. I have consistently gotten hot, fresh oatmeal with lots of fruit.
Kudos to McDonald's for bringing healthy food to breakfast (or any time, I just ordered the oatmeal pictured at 5:30 PM). After the McGriddle, I had almost written them off, blech! (Come on...bacon, eggs and cheese sandwiched between two syrup-infused pancakes?) I wanted to give you the nutrition information, but it appears to be MIA. I looked on their website and asked at the store, but neither had it for this item. Based on my knowledge of sweetened instant oatmeal packets and the dried fruit, I'm going to guess it to be around 220 calories which is not bad. So, the next time your kids sweet-talk you into a Happy Meal, give the oatmeal a shot! Oh...and did I mention that it costs $1.99? Cheap food makes me happy :)
****This is an update as of May 15, 2011. I've had lots of questions about how differing variations on the oatmeal affect the nutritional value. Please understand that the original post on this was written over a year and a half ago while this product was being tested in my area for potential national coverage. I am personally glad that they decided to keep the oatmeal. But...they've tweaked it some since this post was written. I doubt that the nutritional facts here will mirror what you can find on the company website. For nutrition facts on the current product, please check out the McDonald's website. Thanks! ~Amy****