100 lb. Club - Can we discuss oatmeal?

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02-28-2007, 05:43 PM
So two months ago, oatmeal was something I would not touch with a ten foot pole, but after again forcing myself to try it, it's really good. Now, mind you, I was eating the Quaker Cinnamon Roll instant oatmeal which has 13 grams of sugar a packet and I eat two packets in the morning. It tasted good and filled me up for hours!

So, when grocery shopping yesterday, I noticed a Weight Control brand of oatmeal with less sugar and I bought a box of it; cinnamon. What a disappointment! I even added a packet of Splenda to it and it was just kind of tasteless.

I love the flavor the other stuff and the bottom line is that whether I like the taste or not, it still fills me up, but I'd rather enjoy what it tastes like as well. What do you all do with oatmeal in the morning?

02-28-2007, 05:46 PM
try steel cut oatmeal, i live on it I use fresh fruit and no suger at all, steel cut is better for you.....

02-28-2007, 05:52 PM
I use plain old quaker oatmeal. I add about a T. of splenda, T. of smart balance light spread, 1/2 t. brown sugar (the only sugar I still eat), 1/4 milk, a dusting of cinnamon and 35 raisins.

02-28-2007, 06:06 PM
I do steel-cut and add my own flavorings: dried fruit (or sometimes fresh), nuts, ground flaxseed, wheat germ. Sometimes I even add peanut butter. I don't add sweetener, but my son adds brown sugar, white sugar, maple syrup, or honey.

Steel-cut oatmeal is a beautiful thing. :)

02-28-2007, 06:48 PM
Hi Kimberly!

I am an oatmeal lover! Here are some of my ways to LOVE-LOVE-LOVE it!

1) Make regular oatmeal (Old Fashioned or Quick oats). I just make it with water in the microwave. Add sliced fresh strawberries when the oatmeal comes out of the midrowave. Add a container of Yoplait Fat-free Boston Cream Pie yogurt on top. Mmmmmmm! If you like a sweeter taste, add a packet of Splenda to your strawberries before you add the yogurt. To me this makes the best breakfast you can have. It's about 350 calories and holds me all morning -even after my workout!

2) Make regular oatmeal or Quick oats in the microwave as above. Add a tablespoon of Crunchy peanut butter and half of a banana sliced. That's one fabulous breakfast that tastes like a really yummy nutbread! That one is about 300 calories.

3) Add brown sugar and raisins. Very good that way! I use a 1/4 cup of brown sugar and 1/4 cup of raisins. I like to have this one before my six-mile walk! Gives me plenty of energy! This one is about 370 calories.

4) Make oatmeal as above. Chop up five or six dates and add them. Then add 1/8 cup walnuts. This one tastes like a warm cookie coming out of the oven! It's about 360 calories.

5) My son likes to add 1/4 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips to his oatmeal as soon as it comes out of the microwave. That one is about 280 calories. If you add Cool-Whip on top it tastes more like a dessert and is about 300 calories.

I'd like to encourage you to give the regular in-the-canister oatmeal a whirl. It's less expensive and no more difficult to make than the packets. The Steel-cut oats (Bob's )are very yum, too, but more expensive. I like them, too!


meg on a mission
02-28-2007, 07:01 PM
YUM oatmeal...love it, but unfortunately it stimulates my apptite rather than suppresses it (weird, huh?!), so I gave up on it for breakfast and will have it for an occasional snack. Anyway, back to your question.
My favorite way to eat oatmeal is to microwave 1/2 c. Old Fashioned Quaker Oats and 1c. water for 2 minutes, stir in 1 oz. whole raw almonds, a little splenda, and 1/2 c. skim milk, then microwave 30 seconds more to warm the milk. It's just yummy, and very comforting...especially during the cold winter months!
I have also heard some people say they put diced apple in and microwave the whole thing (so the apples get soft), then add cinnamon...sounds tasty, but I've never tried it!
IMHO, making your own oatmeal tastes better, is healthier, and is much cheaper than buying the packets. Have fun! :)

02-28-2007, 07:28 PM
i love oatmeal. i eat it plain.

02-28-2007, 07:28 PM
I am lazy in the morning. I can just about manage to throw some water and oatmeal in a bowl and nuke it. Adding things is way too much work before I'm awake in the morning!

I used to eat the cinnamon roll oatmeal too! Then I tried the Weight Control oatmeal and, like you, just wasn't impressed.

But then I tried the low sugar apple cinnamon by Quaker, and found a good compromise. For reference, the cinnamon roll brand has 13 grams of sugar, the weight control (cinnamon flavor) has 1 gram sugar, and the low sugar apple and cinnamon has 6 grams.

02-28-2007, 07:35 PM
I loved a particular Quaker "instant" oatmeal. It was one (cinnamon and pecan) that you had to microwave--not just add hot water. But no store near here or anywhere else carries it. I do make steel cut oats in a big batch and divide it up for later eating (I sweeten with stevia and add a few rasins). And I go for the higher protein instant oatmeal when I'm in a pinch.

02-28-2007, 09:25 PM
I LOVE OATMEAL!!!! That said, I've probably got a strange way of eating it - I make it in fairly salty water and I put butter in it. Which of course, depending on how much I use, probably cancels out the great benefits of the oatmeal itself. But I try not to use too much. I have to say, salty and buttery is awesome - and I always use the steel cut, rather than "quick" oats.
Thank you guys for all of the interesting options you've given - I'm going to give some of them a try.

02-28-2007, 09:36 PM
I like the Quaker reduced sugar maple and brown sugar. I eat it for breakfast and for a snack sometimes. I also did not like the weight control or the healthy heart varieties.

Bikini Ready
02-28-2007, 09:58 PM
Everyone has had wonderful ieads I'm going to try as well! My favorite is adding fresh fruit, especially berries! Also I have mentioned this in another post but here it is again: If you put a banana in with the oatmeal before you cook it in the microwave once it's hot it mixes in and tastes great (apples too)! I add vanilla soy milk as well as cinnamon or stevia (a calorie free natural sweetener that has fiber and is good for you)!

02-28-2007, 10:34 PM
I'm a plain oatmeal fan, too . . . just throw in some oatmeal, water, cinnamon and raisins (not sweetener or salt) and nuke it. Then add a little skim milk to cool it off a bit.

Although I'm definitely getting to love that pancake recipe that Tammy turned me on to -- with the cottage cheese and egg whites -- YUMMY.

02-28-2007, 10:54 PM
Okay - can someone tell me where they purchase their steel-cut oatmeal - because I cannot find it anywhere around here! AARRRRGGGGHHH

Bikini Ready
02-28-2007, 11:06 PM
I get mine at Trader Joe's but I'm sure most health food stores would have it as well, I was kinda disappointed that the normal markets dont sell it but what can you do? Maybe you can even find it online somewhere, but that might be a little extreme unless you REALLY want it. Good luck finding it!

02-28-2007, 11:11 PM
I suggest if you don't want to try anything new or have any extra effort that instead of the Weight Control one you try the one with less sugar instead. I noticed a big difference in taste between the two. I can do the less sugar, but the weight control was ucky.

ps I looked it up and it's just got a label on it that says Lower Sugar.

02-28-2007, 11:28 PM
For me, it makes all the difference to make it on the stove. It takes longer, but I love the texture of it. I just add a dash of cinnamon and some splenda to mine. I have the same thing for breakfast every morning (the bowl of oatmeal, as well as an egg, an egg white, and some cottage cheese), and while it's not the most delicious meal in the world, I've learn to appreciate it just because it's habit. :)

02-28-2007, 11:31 PM
Oh, and regarding steel-cut oats and cook time in the morning: I make a large vat of it on the weekend and refrigerate it to eat during the week - it reheats well.

03-01-2007, 12:11 AM
Thank you for all the yummy suggestions! I'm glad I'm not the only one who didn't really care for the weight control stuff...blech! I'll be sure to be doing some experimenting now!

03-01-2007, 02:12 AM
Okay - can someone tell me where they purchase their steel-cut oatmeal - because I cannot find it anywhere around here! AARRRRGGGGHHHMine is called Scottish Oatmeal, it's made by Bob's Red Mill. I found it at the Pick N Save in the Natural/Organic foods section, by all the other Bob's products.

03-01-2007, 02:16 AM
I eat plain oats from the canister and microwave them, often adding frozen blueberries (they thaw in a couple minutes), cinnamon and a little brown sugar..

but tomorrow I am going to try the banana and pb in my oatmeal. I'll be weightlifting in the morning and was wanting a slightly heavier b'fast than normal.

I love 3fc! Thanks, Cheryl!

Mrs Quadcrew
03-01-2007, 10:35 AM
I eat steel cut oats and berries EVERY morning. I too make a big batch of them at a time, and just reheat in the mornings. I put some cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon of agave nectar in mine. Krogers has the steel cut oats right with the regular oatmeal in the cereal isle here. My Grandson will eat these, but won't eat the instant stuff - there is BIG difference in them! Steel cut is much better IMO.

03-01-2007, 10:45 AM
Read the above article it is about the fact that steel cut oats is a whole food and the Quaker oatmeal is processed.
Make up your own mind which is better for your body.

03-01-2007, 02:27 PM
I buy steel-cut oats and other whole grain hot cereals at natural food stores. Bob's Red Mill 7-grain hot cereal is da bomb! I usually buy the steel-cut oats from the bulk bin, it's cheaper.

I have also occasionally found Quaker and McCann steel-cut oatmeal at regular grocery stores, but it's kind of hit or miss.

My favorite oatmeal:

1/2 c. low-fat vanilla soy milk
1/2 c. water
1/3 c. steel-cut oats
pinch salt

Bring to a boil, stir once. Reduce heat, cover tightly and simmer for 25-30 minutes.

Serve immediately with a dash of cinnamon, a packet of Splenda and a pat of butter. Yummmmmmm!

03-01-2007, 02:43 PM
OK, I am a total oatmeal fan...I love the stuff! Here's what I do:

3/4 cup salted water
1/2 cup quaker quick oats

I cook these on the stove until it's really thick and done. Pour it (spoon it, actually) into a bowl and sprinkle a packet of sweet 'n low on top, then pour 1/2 cup skim milk over the top of that. It's really thick and kinda chewy! I then sort of "spoon off" a bite at a time, with milk on the spoon like cereal? and eat it that way. I'm not a big fan of the runny oatmeal, and the water has to be salted.....I eat it almost every day! Oh, and it totals 3 WW points for those of you following the flex plan!

03-01-2007, 03:16 PM
I love all the oatmeal ideas in here!!! And cinnamon roll is my favourite type of instant oatmeal. Second are raisin and cinnamon, apple cinnamon.

I like to mix my oatmeal with some unsweetened apple sauce and cinammon...sometimes adding some dried fruit (anything really) too. Am I the only one who likes this? :chin:

03-01-2007, 03:36 PM
I don't like any sweets at all, so I'm a big lover of just plain oatmeal, the quick 1 minute kind you do on the stove. By eating this every morning, it so far has lowered my cholesterol by 25 points.:D

03-01-2007, 04:41 PM

You guys haved sold me on trying oatmeal. I've NEVER tried cooked oatmeal. Ever!
I bought Kashi Brown Maple Oatmeal. I'm going to give it a try tomorrow. I really want a new favourite healthy food!

I've been eating Kashi Golden Crunch cereal.. .yummy!

03-01-2007, 05:36 PM
I use the Weight Control, Maple and Brown Sugar. WAY better tasting than the cinnamon. Everytime I make it at work, people think I'm eating pancakes with syrup because it smells so good! But I'm thinking of switching to just plain old oatmeal though. The packets are convenient however, and the weight control only has 1g of sugar and 7g of fiber, so I may stick with it.

I also add protein powder to my oatmeal as well.

03-01-2007, 06:25 PM
I came here to ask another question and ya'll have already answered it!

I looked for the steel cut oats today and the only brand I could find was an Irish something or other, and I thought it was a tad expensive. So now, I'm hearing you can generally buy them in the bulk food isle? I didn't check there!:dizzy:

I'm actually amazed by all the things everyone puts in their oatmeal! It never would have crossed my mind to mix stuff with it! I am such an oatmeal virgin!

I did finally find Wasa crispbread today after much searching!

03-01-2007, 06:57 PM
I make Old Fashioned oatmeal. I just discover Splenda brown sugar blend. YUM! I don't miss the regualr brown sugar at all. As with the normal Splenda you only use half of what you normally use of brown sugar.