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March 30, 2012 8:33 PM
I really love quakers instant oatmeal. Just add some hot water to the oatmeal and bam! But now i realize that everyone is eating normal oatmeal... so is it bad? and if it is, what are some really good oat meal recipes?
March 30, 2012 8:38 PM
The flavoured kind has a lot of sugar in it, so it might not be best to go overboard on it. Still, I don't think it would hurt once in awhile. There is nothing wrong, IMO, with plain instant oatmeal.
  12800241
March 30, 2012 8:41 PM
You can get Quaker instant with low sugar, too. Or if you're the more hungry morning folks, get the Weight Control variety (larger portion). It's all good, IMO. I lost 30 pounds eating that stuff every day.
  14436961
March 30, 2012 8:45 PM
QUOTE:

I really love quakers instant oatmeal. Just add some hot water to the oatmeal and bam! But now i realize that everyone is eating normal oatmeal... so is it bad? and if it is, what are some really good oat meal recipes?

Whats "IMO" mean?
March 30, 2012 8:46 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I really love quakers instant oatmeal. Just add some hot water to the oatmeal and bam! But now i realize that everyone is eating normal oatmeal... so is it bad? and if it is, what are some really good oat meal recipes?

Whats "IMO" mean?


In my opinion.
  14021093
March 30, 2012 8:51 PM
I eat it daily. Sure plain oatmeal is healthier, but it helped lower my cholesterol and I lost 60+ lbs with it part of my diet
March 30, 2012 8:53 PM
It is my favorite also and I ate like 3-4 times a week for breakfast a few years ago and I still lost weight.
March 31, 2012 1:21 AM
I like the Quaker's raisins and spice oatmeal. Now I buy plain oatmeal and add my own raisins and cinnamon to it. Just as good and less sugar! :)
  8282255
March 31, 2012 1:33 AM
I really like cinnamon and spice. Just don't go overboard on sugar the days you have it.
March 31, 2012 1:47 AM
I eat steel cut oatmeal and add in 1 oz of fresh blueberries about 5 minutes through the cooking process and let it cook for another 5. Then when it's done cooking on the stove I add 1 packet of splenda just for a little more sweetness. This way I get some good whole grains and fiber with a touch of fresh fruit.

I've been eating it pretty much every morning since the beginning of the year and I've lost 34 pounds so far with it as part of my diet.
  9999430
March 31, 2012 2:23 AM
QUOTE:

I really love quakers instant oatmeal. Just add some hot water to the oatmeal and bam! But now i realize that everyone is eating normal oatmeal... so is it bad? and if it is, what are some really good oat meal recipes?


I wouldnt say it was bad for you. Rolled or Steel Cut are better. They take longer to cook but I find them to be tastier.
  15364375
March 31, 2012 2:41 AM
The oatmeal itself still has all its health benefits BUT the sugar content is really high. I buy the quick cooking oats from quaker or publix brand and they cook well, quick! lol And I get to control what goes in it. Give it a shot and try some of these add ins.

To sweeten

Stevia
splenda
truvia
sugar in the raw
Honey

Flavor combos
unsweetened cocoa powder and a Tbsp of your fav peanut butter
apple pieces and some cinnamon
vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and some libbys canned pumpkin
cinnamon and raisins
strawberry and banana
unsweetened shredded cocnut and pineapple
basic stir ins

almond milk
protein powder
chopped nuts
blueberries
vanilla
cinnamon
strawberries
almond extract
steep a chai tea bag in the water before adding oatmeal
raspberries
raisins
dried cranberries
unsweetened coconut

Hope that helps! Good luck! :)
banana
March 31, 2012 2:43 AM
i say make you own!, i buy the steel cut oats, and add raisins. healthier!
  18764101
March 31, 2012 2:50 AM
i just buy plain, i weigh out 27g add 200mls of water, cook it in the microwave, then add 20mls of whole milk, 0.5 teaspoon of nutmeg and cinnamon and 1 tea spoon of sugar and its only 136cals and its very filling
March 31, 2012 2:50 AM
I use quick oats add my fruit, water and microwave for apron 2 min. Instead of sweetener I add a scoop of protein powder so that I get a little extra protein as well with the oatmeal helps to keep me full longer. I have never liked oatmeal but now I love it!
March 31, 2012 2:54 AM
Maybe I'm just a cheapskate but the little packets of oatmeal are way more expensive than buying the bigger package. I add my own raisins or blueberries or whatever I feel like that morning.
March 31, 2012 2:58 AM
QUOTE:

The oatmeal itself still has all its health benefits BUT the sugar content is really high. I buy the quick cooking oats from quaker or publix brand and they cook well, quick! lol And I get to control what goes in it. Give it a shot and try some of these add ins.

To sweeten

Stevia
splenda
truvia
sugar in the raw
Honey

Flavor combos
unsweetened cocoa powder and a Tbsp of your fav peanut butter
apple pieces and some cinnamon
vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and some libbys canned pumpkin
cinnamon and raisins
strawberry and banana
unsweetened shredded cocnut and pineapple
basic stir ins

almond milk
protein powder
chopped nuts
blueberries
vanilla
cinnamon
strawberries
almond extract
steep a chai tea bag in the water before adding oatmeal
raspberries
raisins
dried cranberries
unsweetened coconut

Hope that helps! Good luck! :)
banana



Great ideas! !! Thanks! !!
  264361
March 31, 2012 2:59 AM
QUOTE:

Maybe I'm just a cheapskate but the little packets of oatmeal are way more expensive than buying the bigger package. I add my own raisins or blueberries or whatever I feel like that morning.


Oh yea thats the other thing! I buy a bag of about 1 kg of Rolled Oats for about a dollar here in Oz. Those other portion control packs of the instant stuff are easily around 5 bucks or something like that and you dont get as much.
  15364375
March 31, 2012 2:59 AM
They are high in sugar. Personally, i find they are far far too small a portion size!

I eat one packet, i'm still hungry. I eat three, i feel miserable for eating more than what is regarded as a portion! I really hope i'm not the only one who thinks this!
  12838400
March 31, 2012 2:59 AM
I buy the big things of regular oatmeal. And what I do now (thanks to the diary of a mfp pal) is add a third tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder, half tablespoon of peanut butter and a couple splenda packets and it tastes like an oatmeal chocolate cookie or something. So delicious.
  8849989
March 31, 2012 3:01 AM
QUOTE:

They are high in sugar. Personally, i find they are far far too small a portion size!

I eat one packet, i'm still hungry. I eat three, i feel miserable for eating more than what is regarded as a portion! I really hope i'm not the only one who thinks this!


They're too small for me too! I usually have to have at least two or three to feel full. That's why I like just getting plain old fashioned oatmeal. Half a cup is a decent portion, plus you can add other things and its better and healthier than the tiny packets.
Edited by TopazCarey On March 31, 2012 3:01 AM
  8849989
March 31, 2012 8:59 AM
Save money and buy it in bulk! I can get two huge bags full for only 4 dollars at Fred Meyer or Central Market (anywhere that has bulk bins). Then you can customize it however you want! It's great and economical. And then you can use your nice containers in the pantry instead of awkward shaped tubs or bags.
March 31, 2012 9:04 AM
i like the rolled oats or steel cut oats too - plus you can cook a batch on the weekend and heat it up with a little extra water during the week so its just as fast as instant!
Edited by fit4evaR On March 31, 2012 9:05 AM
March 31, 2012 9:05 AM
I'm lazy and wont make regular... but the active lifestle brand is made with splenda and has some good flavors. I love them.... they even have a little protein in them!
  796765
March 31, 2012 9:06 AM
Just curious: what is the difference between rolled oats (which I am familiar with and eat regular), and steel cut oats (which I have never seen or even heard of before coming to MFP)?
  12800241

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