Last week McDonald’s hosted 2 events last week: (1) A private event with a few handpicked Bloggers flown in from across the country, and (2) A launch event for the new Cherry Berry Blast and Blue Berry and Banana Oatmeal. During the course of this two-day event, I listened to reps from the brand speak about their commitment to providing healthy selections for their customers. In all honesty, the majority of Americans are not complaining about McDonald’s… but there are certain groups that blame McDonald’s for being a big factor in the obesity problem in America. Now there are tons of fast food choices out on the market, but since this particular brand is #1, it has to take the fall… or as they say, “Heavy is the head, that wears the crown”.
So, I live in New York… the epicenter… the hub… the beginning…. possibly the Garden of Eden, loll?! Like it all starts here. As New Yorkers, we are always on the run. New Yorkers know nothing of the word, “patience”. So when it comes to our Monday through Friday regimen, we try to cut down on time as much as possible. How about a fast lunch in order to make time for an hour dinner?! Some of us miss meals all together in order to meet some other demand. So what it all boils down to is McDonald’s is not the enemy, time is our enemy. No one person or organization will ever take down this giant. The point when McDonald’s should be concerned is when people start focusing on quality time, and/or a slower pace of life.
I am writing this article to say that as someone who has attended McDonald’s events, and has heard what the brand has to say; this company is not trying to fight, or trying to ignore people’s concerns. McDonald’s is attempting to try and meet the critics halfway by adding healthy options to their menu. Are they going to stop selling their signature burgers? NO! Are they going to give us healthy alternatives? YES!
At this point for every negative on the McDonald’s menu, there is also a positive. Egg McMuffin or Oatmeal? Big Mac or Grilled Chicken Salad? Apple Pie or Yogurt? McDonald’s is what you make of it. People can’t blame the brand for their own personal over-indulgent ways. Currently, my only complaint with the brand is how when I go into a location a lot of times they are out of salads. Like it happens often enough to the point where it’s annoying. I am not sure if the workers are being lazy, and do not want to make me a salad… or if the salads are so popular they sell out. Either way, I enjoy their salads and it is hard to track one down. The thing about McDonald’s is… if I were annoyed enough, I could easily reach out to one of their readily available team members online and get an immediate response.
So below are my Top 10 Things to Order From McDonalds:
- Chicken McNuggets- I don’t care where the chicken comes from… #teammcnugget
- Cherry Berry Blast- I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS!!!!
- Filet o’ Fish- I am a fan… but I wish they would update this.
- Southwest Chicken Salad- *sighs* Whenever it is available…
- Country Chicken Sandwich- This is quite tasty
- French Fries- I limit my fry servings… but there are so damn good!
- Strawberry Lemonade- It’s rare that I order this, but I occasionally buy it
- Cheese Burger- It’s rare that I order this, but I occasionally buy it
- Carmel Frappaccino- It’s rare that I order this, but I occasionally buy it
- Sweet Tea- I no longer order this… it is too addictive, loll
Again, in full disclosure, I have worked with McDonald’s on a few campaigns. I promise you that my opinions are my own. For those of you who follow my tweets, I am blatantly honest when it comes to the McDonald’s brand. Instead of shying away from me and working with a more dormant type Blogger; McDonald’s invites me out to present their side. In addition, unlike other brands… they NEVER force me to write, tweet, or mention their brand. The process is they extend an invite, I attend, I listen to what they have to say, then I leave. The only follow-up that I receive is, “Thank you for attending, let us know if you have any questions”.
*thinkin* Maybe I should reach out to McDonald’s and ask them to consider “Grilled Chicken Bites” as an alternative to the McNuggets that are fried. *shrugs* It’s worth a try, loll.