As I’ve mentioned before, I really like oatmeal, especially in the cold months. And it’s a breakfast that I recommend to clients all the time. It sticks to the ribs and is full of fiber, which means you won’t be hungry again for at least a few hours. Recently I was visiting family in Atlanta, and my sister-in-law had frozen oatmeal from Trader Joe’s. I had heard about it before, but never tried it, so when I got home I decided to give it a whirl.
Overall, I really like the frozen oatmeal, although I do have a few critiques.
- Made with steel cut oats.
- Lower in sugar than flavored instant oatmeals, even though made with brown sugar and maple syrup.
- Quick and easy to make – heats up in the microwave in 3-4 minutes.
- Only comes in Brown Sugar & Maple Syrup flavor. Wish they made it plain.
- Made with water. When I make oatmeal at home, I make it with one cup of nonfat milk – equivalent of a calcium serving.
Since the oatmeal already had brown sugar and maple syrup in it, I didn’t need to add any sweetening agent, and with only 6 grams of added sugar it wasn’t too sweet (most sweetened oatmeals have >12 g added sugar). I topped my oatmeal with pomegranate seeds:
One pouch of the oatmeal (w/o fruit) contains 150 calories, 2.5 g total fat, 0 g saturated fat, 27 g carbohydrate, 4 g dietary fiber, 7 g sugar, 5 g protein, 0 mg cholesterol, 40 mg sodium.
What’s your favorite oatmeal?
Note: I was not paid to write this review. All opinions are my own.
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I love oatmeal for breakfast. As soon as the cold weather hits, I am all about warm, comforting foods, and oatmeal is definitely one of them. When I was younger, I didn’t have the healthiest diet and I ate sugary packets of oatmeal (my fave: Maple & Brown Sugar). As I got older and started to enjoy the natural flavor of foods (I definitely have a sweet tooth, so it was no easy feat!), I began to like plain oatmeal with some fruit, cinnamon, and a touch of brown sugar — not too sweet, but just enough to give it some flavor.
I’m sure you’ve heard about the nutritional benefits of oatmeal — it’s a whole grain, good source of soluble fiber, helps lower cholesterol, keeps you full and satisfied, and maintains your blood sugar levels. To increase the nutritional value of my oatmeal, I make it with skim milk so I get a dose of calcium and protein. Here’s the bowl of oatmeal I ate for breakfast yesterday:
- 1/2 cup dry quick-cooking oats
- 1 cup nonfat milk
- 2 tablespoons dried cranberries (can use fresh fruit if on hand)
- sprinkling of cinnamon sugar
- Combine oats and milk in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for about 1 minute. Remove from microwave, stir, and continue heating for another 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Remove and stir again.
- Top with cranberries and a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar (or cinnamon and brown sugar)
Nutrition Facts: 283 calories, 13 g protein, 51 g carbohydrates, 5 g fiber, 3.5 g fat, 5 mg cholesterol, 129 mg sodium, 505 mg calcium
Do you like oatmeal? How do you prepare it?
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