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McDonald's Fruit and Maple Oatmeal

Do You Order From the Healthy Menu at Fast Food Joints?

As a rule, I try to stay away from fast food restaurants. Menu choices tend to be processed and high in fat, sugar, and sodium. As much as I'd love for fast food to go away, it's easy, convenient, and inexpensive — it's also addictive. As obesity rates continue to grow, and movies like Super Size Me expose the dark side of America's diet choices, fast food restaurants are giving themselves a makeover by offering healthy menu options like like salads, grilled chicken, and yogurt. While it's a nice first move, the food is often laden with sugar and salt and overly processed. And as a friend of mine can attest to, even when she goes to McDonald's with the intention to eat healthy, she always walks out with a large fry.

Keeping in line with the healthy makeover, McDonald's has a new Fruit & Maple Oatmeal. The dish is made with whole-grain oats, light cream, brown sugar, red and green apples, dried cranberries, and two types of raisins. Each bowl is made to order, which means you have some control in its nutritional content. But YumSugar points out that it's made with things like modified corn starch, doesn't contain real maple syrup, and the apples are tasteless. And while the oatmeal is a much better breakfast option than the McGriddle, I'd rather make my own healthy oatmeal at home — how about you?

 

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northcarolinag2 northcarolinag2 5 years
I do the same thing as TiVo with salads. I've been lucky lately though. I've been eating all my meals at home. I have looked up nutrition information for several common fast food places, so i know what better choices are in a bind.
ticamorena ticamorena 5 years
i second Gabriela - if i'm counting calories or looking out for nutrients etc, i would not be within sight of a fast food joint. But when i want my fast food, then i'll have it and enjoy it for what it is - tasty, unhealthy, indulgent and fast! But I find the flavour of everything produced in most fast food joint - healthy foods included - insipid so i'm not even tempted.
TiVo TiVo 5 years
Perhaps it's not "healthy" fast food, but "lower-calorie" fast food. I rarely stop at McDs, Burger King, etc, but when I do, I usually opt for a healthier item. McD's southwest chicken salad is actually declicious, even after I pull off the tortilla chips and half the cheese.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 5 years
i'll admit that i love the spinach feta wrap at starbucks, but it's a treat not a habit. It's only 230 calories but a TON of sodium. If i have to go real fast food though, the fruit and yogurt parfait at McDonalds is pretty tasty, but i'm sure that's also awful for you.
Kagetee Kagetee 5 years
An oxymoron is Healthy Fast Food.. I don't think there is such a thing. I think it is just addictive...if I have to it is normally Subway...and even then it feels processed...
amber512 amber512 5 years
Fast food is hard to do when you are a vegetarian who can't eat gluten. But before the gluten ban, I wouldn't get a salad or anything healthy there. If I am eating fast food, I'm going to eat something I can't eat at home.
Spectra Spectra 5 years
I try to avoid fast food at all costs, but if it's an emergency and we HAVE to eat somewhere like McDonald's, I do usually order something healthy. I like McD's salads with grilled chicken and light dressing.
karinacocina karinacocina 5 years
i rarely eat at any fast food joints but if i do i choose something "healthy" from the menu. sure it may not be fresh or made with real food but neither is the bad stuff so i'd rather get the grilled chicken versus the fried. tastes better too
Gabriela-Une-Vie-Saine Gabriela-Une-Vie-Saine 5 years
If I'm going to eat junk, I'm going to eat junk- not junk masquerading as health good. There's nothing wrong with some McD's fries every once in awhile, but I eat REAL food the rest of the time so that I can indulge without feeling any guilt about it!
Tara-Block Tara-Block 5 years
My experience with oatmeal from places like Starbucks is it's runny, bland, and generally terrible. HOWEVER, the steel-cut oatmeal at Jamba Juice is seriously addictive and the perfect texture. I get it with just a smidgen of brown sugar, which is far less sugary than the "fruit" toppings.
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