Take-out Tuesdays: The Best Options for College Students On-The-Go

Breakfast may be the hardest meal to make at home for some college students as they wake up with just enough time to get to class.

Like we talked about last week, breakfast is important, so whether it’s right before or right after class, it’s important to squeeze it in to your schedule.

This week it’s more about what NOT to eat than what to eat, but don’t worry, we have a healthy alternative for you, too!

Health trends in America

I’m sure you’ve all noticed, but the United States is trending (and I don’t mean on Twitter) toward a healthier lifestyle. Local eateries, chain restaurants and fast food joints alike are all creating low calorie, low carb, and all around healthier food options for their health conscious customers.

McDonald’s is no exception to the trend…. or is it?

McDonald's Oatmeal

McDonald’s Breakfast Tip: Don’t eat the oatmeal

Whether or not you decide to indulge, we all know that the breakfast sandwiches at McDonald’s are high in fat, carbs and calories. But what if I told you their newest “healthy breakfast” menu item, the “undeniably delicious” oatmeal, isn’t any good for you either?

It’s one thing to serve up sandwiches that are bad for you because most of the customers who are buying them know about the health risks, however, it’s quite another to market a seemingly healthy option, like oatmeal, to those who don’t know better.

McDonald’s fruit & maple oatmeal, although admittedly better the other menu items such as the  McSkillet Burrito with Sausage, isn’t nearly all it’s cracked up to be.

I was excited to give the oatmeal a try, but was disappointed in the taste and what I learned about its nutritional facts. Another who agrees that McDonald’s breakfast oatmeal is a big disappointment? Mark Bittman, New York Times Food Columnist.

Bittman writes about the oatmeal’s umpteen ingredients, lack of nutritional value and poor quality:

“A more accurate description than ‘100 percent natural whole-grain oats,’ ‘plump raisins,’ ‘sweet cranberries’ and ‘crisp fresh apples’ would be ‘oats, sugar, sweetened dried fruit, cream and 11 weird ingredients you would never keep in your kitchen'”.

Moral of the story? Skip the oatmeal. You should probably skip McDonald’s breakfast all together, but if you just have to go there, opt for the fruit &  yogurt parfait which now features only 30 calories of Nature Valley granola.

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2 thoughts on “Take-out Tuesdays: The Best Options for College Students On-The-Go

  1. Agreed – the oatmeal was way too sweet and the fruit wasn’t anything special. If you’re going to rock a McDonald’s meal you might as well go with the classic egg mcmuff, because opting for the deceptively unhealthy oatmeal is a waste of chewing. I applaud the effort for them to offer healthy alternatives, but in practice they have failed.

  2. Hahaha, Steve, this is very true! I would definitely prefer getting the protein from the “meat” and “egg” sandwich than getting nothing out of the oatmeal. I think if they want healthy options on their menu, they should change the name of the restaurant. McDonald’s is McDonald’s for a reason: it’s fattening, cheap and delicious; not bland and fake healthy!

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