Sunday, August 19, 2012

McDonald's Blueberry Banana Nut Oatmeal

My family is a berry-loving family. We each have our favorites: Big B loves strawberries and my husband loves blueberries. I will eat any type of berry put infront of me. It's not just how they taste, but what they deliver that makes me love these fruits so much. Every bite is packed with antioxidants, and different berries will provide different micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) that help reduce certain chronic diseases. The only downside to berries is that they are mostly a summer-time fruit. Sure, you can get frozen berries year round. But, there's nothing quite like popping a handful of fresh blueberries in your mouth - the texture, the mouth-watering.

About McDonald's Blueberry Banana Nut Oatmeal
McDonald's Blueberry Banana Nut Oatmeal is a seasonal menu item and was launched this spring. The oatmeal includes fresh blueberries and walnuts. The 8.6 ounce serving is 290 calories, with 6 grams of protein, 8 grams of fat, 49 grams of carbohydrate, and 180 milligrams of sodium. It provides 2 servings of whole grain and about a 1/4 cup of blueberries. Complete nutritional information is available on the McDonald's website

My first encounter with their oatmeal was last year when I was pregnant with Little B. I had hyperemesis and had a very difficult time keeping food in. I do not eat at fastfood restaurants often but was running out of options to try, not to mention that I just couldn't afford to pay so much money just to, literally, throw food down the toilet. One day, I tried their Fruit and Maple Oatmeal. To my surprise, I actually kept it down. I was incredibly excited. Unfortunately, when I went home to try and replicate it, my version didn't work, I couldn't keep it down. I had to have the Fruit and Maple Oatmeal, which wasn't so bad since it was delicious. 

I had the opportunity to try the blueberry version of the oatmeal. Since I love blueberries, I was interested to see what it would taste like. Initially, I thought the blueberries would be dried or frozen. It wasn't. Fresh blueberries come with the oatmeal, and more than just a handful. The berries were good and sweet. The walnuts come separately, as they do for the salads. For me, this works not because we have nut allergies, but because Big B isn't too fond of walnuts; so there's a bit of customization there. The oatmeal was a good size portion for me. Even though I am still breastfeeding, I do still practice portion control. I just eat more frequently throughout the day to get my calories in. As for the nutritional value, this oatmeal is 290 calories, not bad. Overall, the new menu item tasted good and I enjoyed it. 

Starting my day eating breakfast at a fastfood restaurant in not typical. However, it's good to know that there are options out there for a quick breakfast while on the go. The price point of $2.49 is also not bad, especially for the amount of fresh blueberries you get. Would I buy this again next year if it comes back? Yes, and I would also tell friends and family about it, too.

Disclaimer: I was not financially compensated for this post. The brand/PR representative provided a product sample for review purposes. The opinions expressed in this post are solely mine and I was under no obligation to provide a positive review. I received permission to post brand trademarked logo and images on my blog.