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Nature’s Path Instant Hot Oatmeal

Ohhh how I lovee oatmeal. It really is the perfect breakfast food- you can play it up any way you want. Add fruit, peanut butter, yogurt, milk, maple syrup, chocolate chips… Or, even plain jane style with a pat of all natural butter and a sprinkle of sugar on top. It really warms and fills you up and gives you plenty of energy.

But- what about those days you just don’t have time to cook good ol’ Quaker over the stove top? That’s usually where Instant oatmeal comes in. Boil some water, pour, stir, enjoy. Or, for those of you who don’t have ANY time to spare (or you lazy-bones out there 😛 ), the microwave helps. However, usually instant oatmeal leaves me unsatisfied. The portion is tiny, the sugar content is high, and it’s just not as good.

So that’s why I was excited to try the Instant Hot Oatmeal from Nature’s Path. I love Nature’s Path and have done several reviews of their products- all of them with positive results. They are a brand I know I can trust to bring me delicious and nutritious foods that will sustain me and my grumbling tummy 🙂

Nature’s Path oatmeal comes in several varieties, but I tried the Maple Nut, Apple Cinnamon and Multigrain Raisin Spice that comes in the variety pack. It also comes in Flax Plus, but I have yet to try that flavor. What I was first happy about was that each packet has more than traditional oatmeal packets have. The Nature’s Path brand provides 50g of oatmeal as compared to 30g that I normally see. You can tell it gives you more too when you pour it in the bowl- a nice change.

Maple Nut– first off, this oen smelled awesome. You could literally smell the maple syrup through the packet, and I looooove Maple Syrup! When I poured the water the sweet maple smell also came through even stronger. I couldn’t wait to dig in 🙂 There was also actual pieces of hazel nuts in the oatmeal. Not too many, but it added an unexpected bit of flavor. It was the right amount of sweetness-not too sugary and was actually pretty satisfying given it was instant oatmeal. 4 stars

Apple Cinnamon- Growing up, Quaker Apple Cinnamon was always my favorite flavor. I just loooved the little bits of apples (and would often eat them all before my mom even poured the hot water in the bowl!). Which is why I was slightly disappointed with this one. There were only a few apple pieces, and it wasn’t really that sweet. It was very smooth texture wise though, not as “blobby” as instant can sometimes be. To jazz this one up a bit, I added some raisins and some stevia and it was perfect. All it needed was a little boost 🙂  3 stars

Multigrain-Raisin Spice- I wasn’t sure I was going to like this one. It wasn’t just oats after all- it was wheat flakes, raisins, corn meal and oat flakes all together. But I gave it a shot, and I am glad I did! It was my favorite of the 3, and the sweetest 🙂 I looved the raisins, they were nice, plump and juicy. The oatmeal actually thickens up quite nicely if you let it sit a little bit, and was more hearty than regular oatmeal.  The “crunchy” wheat flakes added some texture as well. It reminded me of an oatmeal cookie in a bowl. Definietly goign to buy this one again and again. 5 stars

Overall, a pleasant experience with Nature’s Path Instant Hot Oatmeal. I’ll give it 4 stars all together. They provide you with a little more sustenance than traditional instant oatmeal, and are really good paired with some toast & peanut butter or jam, some fruit, or both for a nutritious breakfast (or pre-workout meal like I did!!). I want to try more of their flavors, like the Optimum Brand in Cranberry Ginger. Yum!

Maple Nut & Apple Cinnamon- 1 packet is 210 calories, 2.5-4 grams of fat, 38-40 carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 5 grams of protein.

Multigrain-Raisin Spice- 1 packet is 180 calories, 1 gram of fat, 39 carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein.

Maple Nut-Organic rolled oats, organic evaporated cane juice, organic hazelnuts, natural flavor, sea salt.

Apple Cinnamon-Organic rolled oats, organic evaporated cane juice, organic dried apple, organic cinnamon, sea salt, natural flavor.

Multi-grain Raisin Spice-Organic rolled oats, organic wheat flakes, organic evaporated cane juice, organic raisins (coated with organic sunflower oil), organic brown rice flour, organic corn meal, organic cinnamon, sea salt.

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Also- how do you like your oatmeal? rolled oats? Instant? What’s your favorite brand!?

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Nature’s Path Organic Optimum Strawberry & Yogurt cereal

 

Nature’s Path is one of my favorite brands. They make a bunch of yummy cereals, bars, and too addictive toaster pastries. All organic, all healthy, and all delicious. As part of the Optimum line of cereals, which includes Blueberry & Cinnamon, Banana & Almond, Cranberry & Ginger and Slim, i saw the Strawberry & Yogurt variety and decided to give it a shot. It looked like a healthier, more sustaining version of Special K. I also liked the fact that there were yogurt clusters in it, i looove when cereals add those in 🙂

So I gave it a shot. This particular cereal has psyllium for heart health and regularity as well, and is also a good source of Omega-3’s. It has flax flakes, wheat puffs and the psyllium twigs, and then the yogurt clusters and little bits of freeze-dried strawberries. It was a nice combination of chewy, crunchy and fruity. It was lightly sweet, and had a satisfying crunch. The puffs were nice and airy, as they should be. I really really liked (as expected) the yogurt covered rice crisps. They were creamy and strawberry tasting, and had a little crunch to them. I actually sat with the box of cereal open and picked out the little yogurt crisps i liked them so much! (Not a good idea because now the next time i eat this cereal, all the yogurt pieces will be gone! grr!! ) I also liked the strawberries, which added a surprise zing of tartness/sweetness like in Special K cereal.

Overall, i give it 4 stars. This cereal paired well with my Stonyfield Farm Pomegranate Berry Yogurt, but it also was good with some lightly sweetened almond milk, by itself, with greek yogurt and with skim milk ( I like to eat my products a lot before a review-ya know know it is 🙂  ) It has a lot of fiber, so paired with my yogurt, i was full/satisfied all morning.

1 cup is 170 calories, 3 grams of fat, 40 carbohydrates, 7 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of protein. It also provides 15 grams of more of whole grains per cup.

Organic wheat bran, organic wheat meal, organic evaporated cane juice, organic puffed Kamut® Khorasan wheat, organic yogurt coated rice crisps (organic evaporated cane juice, organic palm kernel oil, organic non fat yogurt, organic brown rice flour, organic coconut oil, organic cultured non fat dried milk (organic skim milk, culture), organic soy lecithin, lactic acid, organic vanilla flavor, organic molasses, sea salt), organic oat fiber, organic psyllium seed husk, organic flax meal, organic oat bran, organic barley malt extract, organic freeze dried strawberries, organic whole oat flour, natural strawberry flavor, sea salt, tocopherols (natural vitamin E).

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