Friday, January 28, 2011

McDonald's Debuts Yummy Oatmeal + Giveaway

A registered dietitian, standing, talks to us about McDonald's Fruit & Maple Oatmeal
at my Breakfast Club event.

UPDATE: Congrats to Lanee Foster, aka Neenay, who won the McDonald's gift bag! Enjoy an Angus Burger on the Golden Arches! Thanks again to everyone who participated, and stay tuned for more giveaways!

When I think of McDonald's, I don't usually think about oatmeal. Happy Meals? Yes. Big Macs? Yes. But a low-calorie, fruit-filled snack? Not so much.

So when the company invited me to host a complimentary "Breakfast Club" (full disclosure: for which I would also be compensated), I was intrigued. I also wanted to hear what a dietitian, who would be on hand, would have to say about this new, healthy menu item.

Plus, when am I not hungry?

So I invited several friends in the area and asked them to stop by a Westside Mickey D's and try the new Fruit & Maple Oatmeal alongside CC and me.

And I have to say, judging from all the reactions around me, my friends and CC were impressed -- and a little surprised.

McDonald's Fruit & Maple Oatmeal blends 100% whole-grain oats with optional brown sugar and light cream with a topping of crunchy diced apples and a tangy cranberry-raisin mix. Total calories: 290 with brown sugar and 260 without. Total cost: $1.99 plus tax.

While Monica, the dietitian, said this alone did not make up a complete meal, the oatmeal did make for a healthy between-meal snack. Adding that our bodies like to get nutrients every four hours or so, Monica also noted that a grain-and-fruit-filled item was a good one to choose.

Enter a little tub of oatmeal. A tasty tub of oatmeal at that.

I really liked the warm, slightly sweet oatmeal with a burst of crunchy, fruity flavor on top. I'm not usually a warm-raisin fan, but the mixture really worked for me. The tart apples really sold me. Plus, the size was right. Not too big and not too small.

To be perfectly honest, I'd opt for it again. In fact, I already have.

*** GIVEAWAY ***

I'm giving away a McDonald's Gift Bag, filled with lots of goodies, coupons for gratis items and a $10 gift card!

To enter, leave a comment telling me your favorite McDonald's menu item.

For more chances to win, follow me on Twitter. I'm at @la_story. Or you can "Like" the L.A. Story Facebook page.

Just be sure to leave extra comments telling me you did so.

Good luck, and I'll announce the winner on this post (not a separate one) Friday, February 11!

Photo credit: Jon Didier /McDonald's

(Disclosure: Sponsored Post. While I have been or will be compensated for this post, the views expressed herein are solely my own.)


LS said...

Oh My!! I would have to say that the oatmeal is my favorite menu item at the moment. I tried it once yesterday and I think I will be adding it to weekly trip to McDonalds.

LS said...

I follow you on twitter (@lswheatly)

Anonymous said...

Hi, my favorite McDonald's item is their french fries (not very healthy, I know).
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Unknown said...

My favorite is the FRENCH FRIES!

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Pokie said...

Definitely the fries. Man that is sad!

Karin said...

The big mac is pretty good!

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Vita said...

Chicken McNuggets with sweet and sour sauce are my favorite. Paired with a McFlurry, makes me feel like a little kid again!

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Neenay said...

My favorite menu item at the arches is Angus burger(bacon/cheese). So unhealthy I know...

Neenay said...

I follow you on Twitter (my id is neenay)

Neenay said...

I follow you on fb (Lanee Foster)

~ Cee ~ said...

I would say that my favorite item has always been their fries. Perfect crispiness, very salty ... they were totally my downfall when I was pregnant and really trying to be healthy! I really like their chicken caesar salad now, and it only has 7g of fat! cee
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L.A. Story said...

All of these comments are making me seriously hungry. :)

Liz said...

My favorite item is the Big Mac!

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