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.

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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?

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Diane Nassy

Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 9-year-old little boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Check out Diane's Google+ profile "

24 Comments

  • 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 🙂

  • 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!

  • 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!

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

  • I love the healthier changes at Mickey D’s! And it looks like they know how to throw a party too – 🙂

    • 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 🙁

  • 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.

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

  • Actually I LOVE that McDonalds is offering new and healthier options. We usually go for breakfast too -perfect time to try the blueberry oatmeal!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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!