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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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Dr. Lucy’s Gluten Free Cookies

Looking for a delicious, gluten and food allergy free cookie? Well, your searching ends here my friends, I found some DELICIOUS, gluten, milk, egg, peanut and almond free cookies. They are developed by Dr. Lucy, who is an M.D. and a mother of a child who has very bad allergies. She says, “I know how difficult it can be to find high-quality foods that taste great. That’s why I started my own line of cookies”.

The cookies come in 4 flavors, Cinnamon Thin, Sugar, Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal, and are all natural and mostly organic. They come in individual pouches with 4 cookies in each, or in box format. Each cookie is about the size of a Nabisco Chips Ahoy cookie, and is crispy. They have a light, airy, crunchy feel to them, and are the opposite of soft-baked/chewy cookies. Still delicious, none the less. Read on!

Cinnamon Thin– yum! These reminded me of snickerdoodles. It has a nice melt-in-your mouth consistency and had lots of cinnamon flavor.

Sugar– soo good. Tasted just like Mom’s homemade sugar cookies during Christmas season. You could totally decorate these with some icing and pass them off as homemade 😉 . They are covered with sugar crystals and have a buttery flavor. The vanilla also added a nice touch.

Chocolate Chip– This one tasted like the sugar cookie, but with some chocolate chips. I really enjoyed the chocolate chips though, they were perfect in the cookie, I just wish there were more! There was also a nice mixture of a vanilla/brown sugar taste in these. Very enjoyable and different from the standard chewy chocolate chip.

Oatmeal– oatmeal? AH, how can this be gluten free?! Don’t worry- Dr. Lucy ensured that these  oats are gluten free! And, also delicious. This one wasn’t as sweet as the others, but still very good. Had a nice oaty taste to it, but not overpowering at all. I spread some peanut butter on these and it was just heavenly. 🙂

Overall, I’m giving these 4 1/2 stars. Not only are they gluten and allergy free, they are all natural, do not use refined sugars, are relatively low in fat, have a good portion size and taste EXCELLENT. They pair well with milk or by themselves. Why didn’t they receive 5 stars you ask? Well, my only complaints are 1. They lack fiber (but most gluten free and cookies in general do) and 2. The individual pouches have four cookies per pouch but a serving is three cookies. And with cookies that taste THIS GOOD, who in their right mind would be able to resist the 4th cookie in the bag?? Certainly not me, so i just pretend a serving size is 4 cookies 😀

Dr. Lucy, your cookies rock. I hope you come out with more products or another flavor. Chocolate brownie? Caramel?? 🙂

1 serving (3 cookies) ranges from 120-130 calories, 4.5-5 grams of fat, 18-21 grams of carbohydates, 1-2 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of protein.

*indicates organic
Cinnamon Thin-Evaporated cane juice*, Dr. Lucy’s Flour Blend (garbanzo, potato starch, gluten-free oat, tapioca, sorghum and fava flours), soy milk*, palm fruit oil*, soybean oil*, canola oil*, olive oil*, filtered water, flavoring and citric acid from corn, crushed soy beans*, soy lecithin*, cinnamon, non-dairy lactic acid, beta carotene, baking powder, baking soda, salt, xanthan gum, calcium carbonate, annatto extract color, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, methylcellulose.

SugarEvaporated cane juice*, Dr. Lucy’s Flour Blend (garbanzo, potato starch, gluten-free oat, tapioca, sorghum and fava flours), soy milk*, palm fruit oil*, soybean oil*, canola oil*, olive oil*, filtered water, flavoring and citric acid from corn, crushed soy beans*, soy lecithin*, non-dairy lactic acid, beta carotene, baking powder, baking soda, salt, xanthan gum, calcium carbonate, annatto extract color, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, methylcellulose.

Chocolate Chip-Dr. Lucy’s Flour Blend (gluten-free oat, garbanzo, potato starch, tapioca, sorghum and fava flours), evaporated cane juice*, vegan chocolate chips, gluten-free rolled oats, soy milk*, brown sugar*, soybean oil*, palm fruit oil*, canola oil*, olive oil*, filtered water, flavoring and citric acid from corn, crushed soy beans*, soy lecithin*, non-dairy lactic acid, beta carotene, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla extract*, salt, xanthan gum, calcium carbonate, annatto extract color, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, methylcellulose.

Oatmeal-Dr. Lucy’s Flour Blend (gluten-free oat, garbanzo, potato starch, tapioca, sorghum and fava flours), evaporated cane juice*, gluten-free rolled oats, soy milk*, brown sugar*, soybean oil*, palm fruit oil*, canola oil*, olive oil*, filtered water, flavoring and citric acid from corn, crushed soy beans*, soy lecithin*, non-dairy lactic acid, beta carotene, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla extract*, salt, xanthan gum, calcium carbonate, annatto extract color, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, methylcellulose.

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