But add in a child or two and the time/ability/effort to avoid fast food kind of goes out the window.
And sometimes it’s the only opportunity to get a moment to relax and read a book.
And then when your child is diagnosed with diabetes and you begin diligently counting carbs, you come to appreciate that McDonald’s tray liners have nutritional info on the back side, that their website has a meal builder, and that many of their menu items have the information right there on the container. Happy meals even have a listing of common kids’ fare.
I often stop at McDonald’s to get a $1 gigantic ice tea on my way to work. I was happy this winter to see Fruit & Maple Oatmeal added to their menu. Granted, oatmeal made at home or in the office microwave is cheaper, but it is certainly convenient to find somewhat healthy (healthier?) items on their menu. Whole grains and fruit, FTW!
As I ate my cup of oatmeal my thoughts of course turned to carb counts and I made a mental note to look it up since Q loves oatmeal. I was quite happy to see the nutritional data on the cup. And an added bonus is the info for both ways you can order it (with or without brown sugar).
So, is this a good breakfast item?
Taste-wise I can say that I really enjoyed it. I liked the bits of real, fresh and dried fruit. The flavor was nice. And it didn’t taste like oatmeal from a packet. I would likely order it again.
From a nutrition standpoint? Not bad. Of course the brown sugar and dried cranberries add a proportionally large amount of carbs, but you are getting whole grains from the oatmeal and a bit of fresh apple. It’s 56 carbs with brown sugar and 48 without.
What do you think?
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The following product information and images are from McDonald’s website:
Diced Apples 2
Cranberry Raisin Blend 16
Light Cream 0
Total 56 grams carbs
Without Brown Sugar (subtract 8 grams carbs for 48 grams carbs total)
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Whole grain rolled oats, brown sugar, food starch-modified, salt, natural flavor (plant source), barley malt extract, caramel color.
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).
Milk, cream, sodium phosphate, datem, sodium stearoyl lactylate, sodium citrate, carrageenan.
Disclaimer: McDonald’s in no way asked me to write about this product and I spend my own money on my daily iced tea and whatever else I may shove down my gullet on the way to work.