Friday, February 4, 2011

On the run...

Last night was one of those last minute busy nights where I didn't have a plan and didn't have my head on straight. I had to get Harper to piano lessons by 6:00, and she was starving. I decided to make a run by McDonald's and get her the best things I could find on the menu...a wild berry smoothie and the fruit & maple oatmeal.

To go please...

Here are the ingredients:

Wild Berry Smoothie:
Wild Berry Fruit Blend
Strawberry puree, water, sugar, blackberry puree, blueberry puree, concentrated pineapple juice, concentrated apple juice, contains less than 1% of the following: cellulose powder, xanthan gum, colored with fruit and vegetable juice, natural (botanical source) and artificial flavors, pectin, citric acid. 
Low Fat Yogurt
Cultured Grade A reduced fat milk, sugar, whey protein concentrate, fructose, corn starch, gelatin. Contains active yogurt cultures.
Fruit & Maple Oatmeal:
Whole grain rolled oats, brown sugar, food starch-modified, salt, natural flavor (plant source), barley malt extract, caramel color.
Diced Apples
Apples, calcium ascorbate (a blend of calcium and vitamin C to maintain freshness and color).
Cranberry Raisin Blend
Dried sweetened cranberries (sugar, cranberries), California raisins, golden raisins, sunflower oil, sulfur dioxide (preservative).
Light Cream
Milk, cream, sodium phosphate, datem, sodium stearoyl lactylate, sodium citrate, carrageenan.

Sure, there could be some improvements made to these items to make them even healthier (less/no added sugar and a couple less added unnecessary ingredients would be great), but overall, these are pretty good options when you're on the go and in a bind. 

Harper approved!


  1. I read that you can order the oatmeal without the sugar...not sure if that's true, but it would allow you to control the amount if it is.

    I tried the oatmeal about a week ago. I thought it was pretty tasty, and it's the healthiest thing on the breakfast menu for sure.

  2. have you seen this article? more sugar than a snickers and nearly the calories of a mcdonalds cheeseburger?? not really what i'd want my kids eating for their dinner...

  3. I didn't see an article posted - I'd love to see it though. Was the sugar referring to the smoothie or the oatmeal? I'd expect the sugar content to be pretty high in the smoothie due to the fruit, which is a better kind of sugar than that of a Snickers.

    This isn't a meal I would suggest on a regular basis, but if you are pressed, it is better than a lot of other fast food options.

  4. oh my bad... here it is:

  5. Oh, I completely agree with the article. This is not a meal I would ever suggest on a regular basis, by any means. I also clearly stated how they could easily make these options better. But I do appreciate the baby steps.