Monday, January 24, 2011

Shape Up Series: Taste Testing McDonald’s Fruit and Maple Oatmeal

By: Finance Foodie

It’s Monday! And you know what that means – it’s time for my weekly weigh in! Now, I’ve gotten a few comments/criticisms about this Shape Up series on how short term diets are not the key to long term weight loss. Therefore, I feel the need to re-address the purpose of these posts: First, the 10 lbs I gain over the holidays is something that happens almost every year (bad on my part, but pretty much unavoidable with all the delicious homemade food at home), so this Shape Up is what I do EVERY WINTER so I can get back to 130lbs, the weight I keep during other ~300 days of the year. I've been 130lbs for about 5 years now and it’s the weight I feel most comfortable at (where I can eat healthy most of the time, but still indulge once in a while). Furthermore, even after I lose my 10lbs, I still plan to use/eat all the tips, recipes, and food options I've posted -- and I encourage you to do the same!
This is what 130 lbs looks like!
With that off my back, let's get on to the recap of last week!

Height: 5'1''
Goal Weight: 130lbs
Week 1: 140lbs (Starting Point)
Week 2: 138lbs
Week 3: 137lbs
Week 4: 136lbs (almost halfway there!)

Goal Body Fat: 20.0%
Week 1: 25.0%
Week 2: 24.0%
Week 3: 24.0%
Week 3: 23.5%

Exercise Plan (and actual results in red)
Day 1: 45 minutes on the elipitcal trainer, level 5 – Check!
Day 2: 30 minutes on the recumbent bicycle, level 7; 30 minutes weight training using 5lb to 8lb weights – Check!
Day 3: 45 minutes on the treadmill, speed 3.5, incline 2.0 – Check!
Day 4: 30 minutes on the recumbent bicycle, level 7; 30 minutes ExerciseTV’s Cardiokie with Billy Blanks Jr.; 30 minutes weight training using 5lb to 8lb weight – It was a snowy slushy cold mess outside, and I didn’t want to slip and break a hip to go to the gym. Thank God for ExerciseTV from On Demand and my hand weights at home. Plus I got to change my routine up a bit…Check!
Day 5: 30 minutes on the elipitcal trainer, level 5; 10 minutes on the recumbent bicycle, level 7 – Check!
Day 6 &7: Rest – An Easy Check!

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by the McDonald's team to taste test their new Fruit and Maple Oatmeal from the breakfast menu. Since I’ve had high cholesterol pretty much my entire life (d*mn genetics!), I try to eat oatmeal regularly for breakfast, due to its magical cholesterol reducing abilities and ease of preparation. Frankly, I was highly skeptical that McDonald's oatmeal would be palatable, but given that their recent healthier menu items (fruit smoothies, salads, yogurt parfaits, etc) have been actually tasty, I decided to give it chance on one frightfully chilly Boston morning.
WOW! Color me shocked because this $1.99 bowl of heart attack prevention tasted much better than my usual Instant Quaker Oats. The generous portion of fresh sliced apples, raisins, and dried cranberries really gave the oatmeal a nice flavor profile and meshed well with the hint of maple flavor. But the best thing? This bowl only contains 290 calories and kept me full and satisfied until lunch (full nutrition profile here)!

***Giveaway***
Congrats Frank (Grand Prize) and Lara @ GoodCookDoris (1st Prize)!

I totally applaud McDonald's push for healthier menu items (that still taste good), so I am offering a $25 gift card (I don't mind if you spend it on fries and a Big Mac, but I totally recommend you try the oatmeal/smoothies/healthy menu items!) and 2 coupons to try their new Fruit and Maple Oatmeal for two financefoodie.com readers.

Grand Prize: $25 Arch Card (the Mickey D's gift card) - one winner
1st Prize: 2 free product coupons for McDonald's Fruit and Maple Oatmeal - one winner

There are THREE ways to enter 
1. REQUIRED: In my comments section, tell me what is your favorite oatmeal topping? (Mine is fresh strawberries - maybe McDonald's can add that in their oatmeal too (Hint Hint)!). Also please include your email address so I can contact you if you win!
2. Follow Finance Foodie on Twitter (leave separate comment telling me this)
3. Reblog / Retweet this giveaway (leave separate comment telling me this)

Contest ends Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 5pm EST. Winners will be chosen via random integer generator on random.org announced on the financefoodie.com site shortly afterwards that night! 

Disclosure: McDonald's provided me with the free product coupons to try the product and for the giveaway. I bought the Arch Card myself. 

329 comments:

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Nance Meyer said...

I like apples, cinnamon, and brown sugar! YUM!

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Unknown said...

brown sugar
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Shanna said...

i love brown sugar ! =)

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Shanna said...

I follow you on twitter
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beckytag said...

My favorite oatmeal topping is brown sugar!
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Anonymous said...

Would love to win!!!

DarcyO said...

Brown sugar is my favorite.

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DarcyO said...

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Anonymous said...

I like Dried Cranberries on my oatmeal!!

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Anonymous said...

I follow you on Twitter under the name JCHARRIES

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Anonymous said...

I tweeted at http://twitter.com/#!/JCHARRIES/status/30107707675508737

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LAMusing said...

I like raisins and brown sugar
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Norma said...

My favorite is blueberries
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LAMusing said...

I follow you on Twitter
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Suz said...

Brown sugar

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Kris said...

I love strawberries and bananas on my oatmeal! My email is mickiejames92@yahoo.com.

tina reynolds said...

I love apples and Cinnamon thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

tina reynolds said...

I follow on twitter @mrstinareynolds

tina reynolds said...

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theolotto said...

I like blueberries on my oatmeal.

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theolotto said...

Email subscriber.

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cpage2323 said...

I like butter, brown sugar and cream...i guess that is not horribly healthy, huh?
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cpage2323 said...

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sweetsue said...

I love a little milk and sugar.
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Nikki said...

My favorite oatmeal topping is bananas and cinnamon. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I have ALWAYS had my oatmeal with milk only, but after reading all these posts I think I might try my oatmeal a different way every day!

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Jinxy and Me said...

I like almonds on mine!

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Jinxy and Me said...

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Jinxy and Me said...

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Life Is A SandCastle said...

My favorite topping is chopped apples.

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elango said...

My favorite instant oatmeal flavor when I was young was the strawberries and cream. I don't like that fake tasting stuff anymore, but still love strawberries on oatmeal, better yet are the freeze dried strawberries since they don't spoil like fresh.

elango said...

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Roxann said...

My favorite topping is raisins.

Roxann said...

I follow you on Twitter.

Hbomb said...

brown sugar would be my favorite oatmeal topping! bananas and strawberies are a second though :)
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Hbomb said...

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foreverheavenly said...

cinnamon and rasins

intime said...

i love oatmeal and maple syrup as a topping intime@myself.com

Breanne said...

Mine is brown sugar

Breanne said...

I follow you on Twitter @RazzMyBerry

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clc408 said...

I eat oatmeal every morning with brown sugar, raisins and cinnamon. Sometimes I substitute berries for the raisins.

Anne said...

My favorite topping is walnuts and cinnamon
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Anne said...

I follow you on twitter, lunaj1456
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Anonymous said...

fresh strawberries

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Barbarawr said...

Just this morning, I had oatmeal with Sunsweet's berry blend in it. I don't like the dried cranberries as much as the blueberries and raisins - it's too early in the morning for such strong flavor. But any of the other dried berries are sweet enough that I don't need sugar, which is good.

Email address is in blogger profile

Barbarawr said...

I follow you on twitter - bsw529

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Barbarawr said...

I tweeted http://twitter.com/bsw529/status/30248204301770752

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Holly said...

I just need raisins on my oatmeal.

Unknown said...

Apple and cinnamon are our faves. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

Leslie S. said...

I add pecans an brown sugar to my oatmeal.Thanks!
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Unknown said...

Peaches and cream - email w/user name

Unknown said...

I follow you on twitter dddiva

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Unknown said...

My favorite oatmeal topping is also strawberries! :) And I have been making healthier eating choices as well so if I win my toothpick husband will enjoy eating double cheeseburgers and fries while I munch on the oatmeal or apple slices lol

Unknown said...

I followed you on Twitter natashaharmon519@yahoo.com

Erin said...

My favorite oatmeal toppings are brown sugar and dates.

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Erin said...

I follow you on Twitter as @one_of_three.

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Unknown said...

apples are my favorite topping
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Anonymous said...

Two of my 'favorite' oatmeal toppings are peaches and raisins!

Yum! Yum! Yummy!

Thanks for the great giveaway offering!

Good Luck to All!

Anonymous said...

I follow you on Twitter!

Twitter Handle: LT38

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tombetz said...

Ummm... "butter"

tombetz said...

@tombetz is following you on Twitter

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Anonymous said...

I Tweeted this giveaway to All my Twitter Friends!

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Erin said...

I blogged about your giveaway: http://coffeecritical.blogspot.com/2011/01/hooray-for-clowns.html

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Nicole Larsen said...

My favorite oatmeal topping is bananas and strawberries!

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Nicole Larsen said...

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Unknown said...

strawberries and a little powdered sugar

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Unknown said...

Peaches are my favorite oatmeal topping. garrettsambo@aol.com

Anonymous said...

I like brown sugar and raisins.


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susansmoaks said...

blueberries
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susansmoaks said...

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susansmoaks said...

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Rose said...

PB and cinnamon! It's heavenly swirled into apple oatmeal on a chilly morning.
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mail4rosey said...

Brown Sugar and Apple Slices are my favorite toppings for oatmeal.

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Anonymous said...

Maple and brown sugar

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Anonymous said...

My fave is apples and brown sugar.

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pat jasmin said...

i am folling on twitter, my favorite with oatmeal is rasins and walnuts

esldiane@gmail.com said...

My fave topping is raisins and brown sugar
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07violet said...

my favorite is with banana, cinnamon and a little maple syrup

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07violet said...

following you on twitter (07violet)

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Becky said...

As bad as it is for you mine is sugar and butter.

ShesAnAngel said...

My fave oatmeal topping is brown sugar!

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ShesAnAngel said...

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ShesAnAngel said...

I tweeted

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shelley said...

I agree with you! Fresh Strawberry's are my favorite!

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Heidi said...

Dark chocolate chips on top of oatmeal = amazing!

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Mercedes Beaudoin-Lobb said...

I like blueberries on my oatmeal!

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Kathy P said...

my favorite is brown sugar :)

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Kathy P said...

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Mercedes Beaudoin-Lobb said...

Following finance foody on twitter!

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Mercedes Beaudoin-Lobb said...

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Sandra K321 said...

My favorite is real maple syrup.
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lyndseyluvsjj said...

My favorite topping is raisins and brown sugar. Yum!

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Dawn Reid said...

Brown sugar with bananas.
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js22 said...

I like raisins & diced apple with either brown sugar or maple syrup on top!
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Dawn Reid said...

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js22 said...

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littlelatina said...

I just had a mcd's salad for lunch. I like the fruit topping

adaM said...

I like the little apple bits and cinnamon on my oatmeal.

adaM said...

I like the little apple bits and cinnamon on my oatmeal.

hale2005 said...

My favorite oatmeal topping is milk.

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cman said...

Strawberries and Cherries.
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dvice12 said...

My favorite oatmeal topping is raisins

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smdrm said...

My favorite oatmeal topping are apples with cinnamon.

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Amy delong said...

strawberries are yummy on top!
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Frostine said...

Favorite topping has to be brown sugar, I know, not very healthy.
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Heather W said...

brown sugar
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Heather W said...

brown sugar
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/\Heather/\ said...

Lemme see...I guess raisins and craisins and pecans and walnuts. I gotta have some trail mix on my oatmeal. lol
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/\Heather/\ said...

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magic5905 said...

Blueberries and honey are my favorite. Thanks.
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Sand said...

I love walnut in my oatmeal!

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EmmaPeel said...

Caramel, love that on almost anything.
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katg said...

blackberries!

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