McDonald’s First Taste of Summer

Last week, I attended a berry filled McDonald’s First Taste Event in NYC.  The event was held at the Empire Hotel’s rooftop terrace and I got to rub shoulders with a lot of bloggers and journalists.  At the event, we had a chance to just kick-back, relax and enjoy some treats including:

- Manicures by Lisa Logan, manicurist to stars like Beyonce

- Massages

- Make-up tips and makeovers

McDonald's First taste Event

We also had the opportunity to sample McDonald’s two newest menu items – the McCafe Cherry Berry Chiller and the Blueberry Banana Nut Oatmeal.  Both of these items will only be available for a limited time only this summer.

While I like most berries, I’m not a big fan of blueberries so I wasn’t sure if I was going to like the Blueberry Banana Nut Oatmeal.  I’m happy to say that I did.  The flavors blended together nicely and the combination of fresh blueberries and walnuts was pretty satisfying.  The oatmeal has 290 calories and has 5g of fiber and 6 g of protein so it will keep you feeling full for a long time.

McDonald's Blueberry Banana Nut Oatmeal

The Blueberry Banana Nut Oatmeal contains approximately 1/4 cup of fresh blueberries in every serving.  Hard to believe right?  But it’s true.  Take a look at my cup of oatmeal.  It’s full of blueberries!

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As for the McCafe Cherry Berry Chiller, I’m guessing that it is going to be my new favorite summer drink.  It’s made with 100% fruit juice and is freshly prepared, made to order.  It is a refreshingly, delicious drink.  A 12 oz. serving is just 200 calories.

McDonald's McCafe Cherry Berry Chiller

Wanna try the Cherry Berry Chiller?  McDonald’s currently has a promotion going on right now where you can get $1 off the Cherry Berry Chiller. Try it, I’m sure you will like it!

I am very pleased to see that McDonald’s is making an effort to include healthier options on their menu.  Again, while we don’t frequent fast food restaurants often, It’s good to know that when we do, we have the option of ordering healthier meals.

McDonald’s also recently launched the New York Metro Nutrition Network.  Through this network, New York Tri-State McDonald’s restaurant owners are reaching out to local organizations in an effort to provide funding to help these local organizations teach their communities to make better healthy eating choices.  To apply for this program, please visit the McDonald’s New York Metro Nutrition Network’s website.  The deadline is quickly approaching so get your applications in while you still can!

What do you think about McDonald’s effort to offer healthier menu options?

24 Responses to McDonald’s First Taste of Summer
  1. Angela Sherman
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    May 10, 2012 | 1:26 am

    Hi Diane! I’m Angela from Lipgloss Break. Thought I’d say hi since we’re both members of the SITS Girls site. Love your site! And yes, all of these McDonald’s options look delicious, especially the Blueberry banana oatmeal :)

    • Diane
      May 10, 2012 | 1:41 am

      Hi Angela! Nice to “meet” you and thanks for visiting!

  2. Meagan P - Sunshine and Sippy Cups
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    May 10, 2012 | 4:31 pm

    I love the healthier changes at Mickey D’s! And it looks like they know how to throw a party too – :)
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    • Diane
      May 11, 2012 | 12:57 am

      Yes! I found out later that they actually flew in bloggers from all over for another event the night before this one took place. I wasn’t invited to that one :(

  3. Determined Momma
    May 10, 2012 | 5:21 pm

    All of that looks absolutely delicious!
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  4. Jenn [ Crippled Girl ]
    May 10, 2012 | 5:52 pm

    Mmm. I am such a berry fan, so the new oatmeal flavor is right up my alley! I’m super iffy about cherry flavors (artificial or real fruit lol) so I’m not sure if I’d like that one . . . even if it LOOKS delicious!

    Glad you had a fun time!
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    • Diane
      May 11, 2012 | 12:56 am

      If you do try it, come back and let me know how you like it.

  5. Melody
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    May 10, 2012 | 7:16 pm

    I LOVE McDonald’s Smoothies! The Cherry Berry Chiller looks amazing! I’m not a huge blueberry fan, so I’ll probably steer clear of that one!
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    • Diane
      May 11, 2012 | 12:55 am

      Yeah, while the oatmeal tasted really good, I still have an aversion to blueberries. Don’t know why!

  6. Nicoyle
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    May 10, 2012 | 11:07 pm

    I would love to try the blueberry banana nut oatmeal. Glad to see that they are making healthier choices on the menu. I may have to stop by McDonald’s once in a while to try them out.
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    • Diane
      May 11, 2012 | 12:54 am

      You should try it!

  7. cmichaelsny
    May 11, 2012 | 12:50 am

    I love this kind of drink…The Cherry Berry Chiller looks amazing!
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    • Diane
      May 11, 2012 | 12:53 am

      It tastes really good. I’m scared to introduce my son to this drink. He’ll want to have one every day!

  8. Bicultural Mama
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    May 11, 2012 | 1:39 am

    What a fun event! The food looks good with the fresh fruit. Thanks for sharing!
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  9. Johannah B
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    May 11, 2012 | 2:29 pm

    Actually I LOVE that McDonalds is offering new and healthier options. We usually go for breakfast too -perfect time to try the blueberry oatmeal!
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  10. Heather Beyant
    May 11, 2012 | 3:06 pm

    Yum is all I can say!
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  11. Sadie
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    May 11, 2012 | 10:00 pm

    Wow that looks awesome!
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  12. Jen - Life With Levi
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    May 14, 2012 | 2:11 am

    Manicures, massages, and smoothies? Sounds like a perfect afternoon to me! I can’t wait until the Cherry Berry Chiller is available in MN!
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    • Diane
      May 14, 2012 | 2:22 am

      It was a great event. Hope you like it!

  13. Cristina
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    May 14, 2012 | 10:00 pm

    I’ve been waiting for a time to try out the blueberry oatmeal! Now I want to try it out even more! It looks super yummy and I’m glad that they are at least trying to give us some healthier options!
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  14. Jessica Drake
    May 15, 2012 | 6:09 am

    Wow, I haven’t been to the Empire State yet, wish I could attend a gathering like that! Plus, the freebies are great, I’d love to experience a free massage on the back. LOL. That berry chiller is a must try! Yum.
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  15. robyn
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    May 18, 2012 | 1:04 pm

    I have been eyeing up the cherry berry chiller but always grab my go to favorite the mango pineapple.
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    • Diane
      May 18, 2012 | 2:52 pm

      I haven’t tried the mango pineapple yet. I’ll try that one next.

  16. Elizabeth Towns
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    May 18, 2012 | 8:58 pm

    I am glad McDonald’s is working at providing healthier options – I barely eat there, but my kids love the fries and an occasional burger. Even though I know what it is, and tell them without abandon, I let them indulge. I like having the oatmeal option and the smoothies – it means I can have something as well!
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