Monday, March 5, 2012

Have You Tried the New McBites at McDonald's Yet? (Review)

As busy parents, there are times that we can't get a hot, homemade meal on the table, as we have spent the day running around doing errands, tending to sick children, or forget to pick up key ingredients at the market.  When this happens, I know I am always looking for quick and healthy ways to satisfy my family's hunger.  Ever thought of McDonald's?  I know what you are saying, "Are you crazy? That stuff is so fattening and unhealthy."  Well, if you know what to order, read the nutritional facts in advance or eat foods in moderation, you can satisfy your hunger, without expanding your waistline.  

While I was pregnant with both daughters, I found it hard to keep certain foods down.  As a result, I had to stick with a few foods that I knew would work for me, and stay down.  There is where McDonald's comes in.  I tried their Premium Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken one night, and was hooked.  I couldn't believe how tasty and fresh this salad was.  It had plump grape tomatoes and hearty pieces of grilled chicken.  I opted to not add the croutons, as I was never a fan of these.  Each and every time I ate this salad, the girls would kick around in the belly.  And, the best part was that this salad stayed down! 

I am not sure if my salad eating during pregnancy made an impact on my daughters, as Savannah goes crazy over diced tomatoes and cucumbers.  I guess she is a salad lover like her Mommy.  So, now when I head to McDonald's when I am in a pinch for dinner, I get a salad for myself, but share the tomatoes with her.  This reminds me of when I was a child and my parents would take me to McDonald's for a Happy Meal and shake when I was sick, or if my mom was too busy to prepare dinner.  My brothers and I always looked forward to trips here, especially for the indoor play center.  My favorite item from McDonald's was and continues to be their chicken nuggets.  And, who can resist their french fries!  I know, they have a lot of salt, but they taste so good!

The other day, I was watching television and saw an ad for McBites, a new menu item at McDonald's for a limited time only.  And, when I went out to the mailbox to get my mail, I found a prize pack, which included a $10 arch card to try out these new chicken bites, as well as shoulder bag, mini portable speaker and universal car adapter/charger, all from McDonald's.  

So, I took this as a sign to enjoy an afternoon out at our local McDonald's, where we all enjoyed some of these tasty McBites, as well as a salads.  And, Savannah got to experience the play center for the first time, as she recently learned how to go down the slide per herself.  As I watched Savannah play, I reminisced about those times I spent with my parents at McDonald's, and all the fun we had.  It is nice to be able to carry on this tradition with my girls.  Don't tell Savannah, but while she was playing, I treated myself to a Shamrock shake! was so good!

If you are a fan of McDonald's and love their chicken McNuggets, then you will love their new McBites.  We ordered a few snack sizes and were full.  I love how they were small enough for Savannah to enjoy, without having to cut up in tiny pieces.  She was able to pick them up and nibble on them.  Act fast, as this new menu item is only available for a limited time.

Disclosure:  I was sent a prize pack from McDonald's in order to sample their new McBites.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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