Food on the Run: McDonald's Fruit & Maple Oatmeal
Oatmeal can be a great tasting and healthy winter breakfast. McDonald's oatmeal boasts two servings of whole grains and vitamin C rich fruits to get your day started off with a tune. As part of our ongoing Food on the Run reviews, let's take a closer look at this new breakfast offering to see if it hits the right tune.
Eating breakfast is important when trying to reach personal weight loss goals. Selecting quick and healthy breakfast at home is your best choice. However, sometimes you need to grab breakfast while traveling or need to be away from home. The McDonald's Big Breakfast with scrambled eggs, sausage patty, hash browns, hotcakes, and a large biscuit is tempting. Hopefully knowing it provides 1,150 calories and 60 grams of fat will make you think twice. The Fruit & Maple Oatmeal provides a nutrient rich alternative when eating breakfast on the run.
Calories - 290 (260 without brown sugar)
Fat – 4.5 grams
Sodium – 160 mg (115 mg without brown sugar)
Carbohydrates – 57 grams (48 grams without brown sugar)
Fiber – 5 grams
Protein – 5 grams
Serving size – 9.2 oz/250 grams
The oatmeal provides a whole grain low fat, low calorie, low sodium breakfast option that offers 130% of recommended daily value for vitamin C from diced apples and a blend of cranberries and raisins. It is nutritionally similar to its popular Starbucks competitor.
Starbucks Oatmeal with Nut Medley and Dried Fruit Topping
Calories – 340
Fat – 11.5 grams
Sodium – 115 mg
Carbohydrates – 51 grams
Protein – 8 grams
It is also very similar to a packet of Quaker Apple and Cinnamon Instant Oatmeal made with skim milk.
Calories – 170
Fat – 1.5 grams
Sodium – 170 mg
Carbohydrates – 31 grams
Fiber – 3 grams
Protein – 3 grams
The Bottom Line
Breakfast is an important start to your day. Planning ahead and having quick, go-to options on hand for those days when you are running late or need to eat away from home is ideal. Until you get that skill mastered, McDonald's Fruit & Maple Oatmeal is a low fat, low sodium, calorie smart choice when eating on the run.
Have you tried McDonald's oatmeal? For those that are just learning healthier eating options, what quick breakfast options can you suggest?
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