Jul 13, 2010

Review: McDonald's - Real Fruit Smoothies

McDonald's Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Real Fruit Smoothies are the latest McCafe offering in McDonald's edible repertoire. They are available in two flavors: Strawberry Banana and Wild Berry.

Both feature a fruit blend of mostly fruit puree, water, and sugar (much like the Frappes feature a coffee base), lowfat yogurt, and ice. McDonald's new Smoothies are available in small (12 ounces), medium (16 ounces), and large (22 ounces) sizes and, are priced the same as Frappes, at $2.29, $2.79, and $3.29 respectively.

While available for a while now in quite a few countries abroad, Smoothies at McDonald's are a recent development with a great deal of testing in various markets and are just now available nationwide in time for the summer. It might be scorching on the East Coast, but here in southern California, summer has been uncommonly mild so far. Still, it's still warm enough to enjoy a ice-cold smoothie while reading a book and that's just what I did.

I've actually tried a free sample of the Wild Berry Smoothie (a mix of blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries) previously at a fair; it tasted fine, but a blend of just berries isn't that interesting to me. A bit of lime or orange would have appealed better to me.
McDonald's Strawberry Banana Fruit Smoothie
This time around, I tried the Strawberry Banana Smoothie. I have to say I'm not a huge fan of bananas in smoothies usually, but McDonald's came up with a good, balanced blend that worked for me. Besides good flavor, the Strawberry Banana Smoothie I got was just the right consistency; not too thick, not too watery.

All-in-all, the blend of strawberry and banana gave the smoothie just enough personality to keep me interested and I recommend giving it a try for yourself. Plus, until August 15th, there's a $1 off printable coupon on McDonald's website.

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Nutritional Info - Small Strawberry Banana Smoothie (12 fl oz)
Calories - 210 (Calories from Fat - 5)
Fat - .5g (Saturated Fat - 0g)
Sodium - 35mg
Carbs - 49g (Sugar - 44g)
Protein - 2g

Nutritional Info - Small Wild Berry Smoothie (12 fl oz)
Calories - 210 (Calories from Fat - 5)
Fat - .5g (Saturated Fat - 0g)
Sodium - 30mg
Carbs - 48g (Sugar - 44g)
Protein - 2g

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  1. Be careful not to burn out your blender by making your smoothie too thick. If it sounds like it's working too hard trying to mix everything, add a splash of water or the liquid you are using in the smoothie.

  2. If you're the forgetful type, you might also want to check if the smoothie blender you choose has an automatic stop function once the smoothie recipe is completed. This way, your blends are created right and perfect every time even if you've completely immersed yourself in your favorite TV show and only remembered that you were making smoothies when the commercials came. While you're at it, you might also want to get a blender with preprogrammed controls .This is helpful especially if you're going to use your blender to prepare stuff other than smoothies.

  3. Don't like all-berry smoothies? Don't like bananas in smoothies?? Maybe you just don't like smoothies!Try milkshakes instead.

  4. I tried Wild Berry and was not impressed. It tastes like they threw a Dannon yogurt in the blender w/ some water and ice and called it a smoothie. For all the sugar grams it contains, I would have expected it to taste sweeter.

  5. i got 2 free coupons in my sunday insert last week. then today i got one coupon for free too in the mail and its printed in vietnamese. funny. i havent tried it though. i think i will buy the frappe instead with my coupons.


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