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chickiegirl
04-09-2009, 06:10 PM
I was in the store looking at organic oatmeal today (the other ones seems to have hydrogenated oil coating the iron) and noticed how high the sugar per packet was.

It was like, 11 to 14 grams, something like that. Is this normal? Ok to eat?

I thought oatmeal was supposed to be healthy and now I'm confused.

Any help would be appreciated.


Thighs Be Gone
04-09-2009, 06:14 PM
May I ask why you are purchasing packet oatmeal? If you will go with rolled oats or even better, steel cut oats--I think you would be a step further up. Rolled oats are cheaper and don't have the sugar like the packets. You can cook the steel cut oats in the crockpot overnight or in the microwave in 10 minutes. On the stovetop, the steelcut take 30 minutes--they are easy--basically bring them to a boil, give them a stir and turn it to low.

I find the best deal in steel cut and regular oatmeal in the bulk bins--usually .50 a pound at the market.

LindaT
04-09-2009, 06:25 PM
Completely agree about steel cuts. They are the best. I flavor mine up with Sugar Free Torani syrups. Almond roca is my fav on oatmeal,.. sometimes I use caramel! :)


chickiegirl
04-09-2009, 06:38 PM
I had never heard of steel cut oats. Thanks for the tips. I'll steer away from the packets.

I thought there had to be something else out there. It didn't make sense that so many people who were losing weight were eating something with so much sugar.

Thighs Be Gone
04-09-2009, 06:47 PM
If you will even just purchase the regular oatmeal from Quaker or bulk bins or whomever--they cook almost as fast as the packets. You can do them in the microwave just like the steel cut.

Whole grains are way better nutritionally than things that are not. They are also very filling--and are complex carbs rather than simple carbs which are broken down into sugar and stored as fat much quicker. I am a calorie counter so I really try to choose (my choices that are planned) highly nutrient dense food as possible. By the way, 1/4 cup of steel cut oats is 150 calories. You cook them with 1 cup of water. You can up your water if you like your oatmeal more soupy.

I like my steel cut oats soupy--by upping the water I increase the amount of food going into my tummy without upping calories.

I hope this helps. These things are all relatively new to me as well.

I add to mine usually--this week it's fresh blackberries and 10 raw almonds. It comes in at under 250 calories and believe me, it will fill ya up.

chickiegirl
04-09-2009, 06:56 PM
I knew that whole grains were better (but wasn't sure why) so I was going to take a look for the steel cut oats.

Thanks for the cooking info, I've never made oatmeal not out of a packet before, but I'm going to give it a go.

I never thought of adding almonds in the morning, but that combo does sound very filing.

Thighs Be Gone
04-09-2009, 06:58 PM
Yeah, the almonds will give you some (not bunches) of protein--another filler. Make sure to get the raw ones if go for the almonds--again, I know they are the best for you. Sorry, not to be a know at all, I am sure you have plenty of knowledge to share with me as well. And again, this stuff is all new to me too.

chickiegirl
04-09-2009, 07:01 PM
No, I appreciate any food tips. :)

There seems like so much to learn when it's not just another diet but actually trying to find ways to eat lots of foods for the rest for the rest of your life.

Thighs Be Gone
04-09-2009, 07:03 PM
Gosh, you hit the nail on the head. That is what I have been trying to do--make changes that are doable, that I enjoy, that easily fit into my life. The funny thing is, in many ways I enjoy my foods now more so than ever. The swapping foods (like whole grains for the junky carbs) has been no problem whatsoever. In fact, I can tell a difference in my blood sugar. With processed carbs my bs will spike and I will look around for more junk to eat. Whole grains don't do that to me.

SweetScrumptious
04-09-2009, 07:19 PM
I agreed, used whole wheat oats/steel cut.

A nice alternative is Red River Hot Cereal. It has a bunch of fiber and lots of different grains. I find it very very bland tho. I don't like adding any sugar to my oatmeal since it kind of defeats the purpose. To sweeten it up, I like adding real fruit to it (since it's a natural sugar). Strawberries or blueberries are the best.

JulieJ08
04-09-2009, 07:32 PM
Oh, I do love my oatmeal, and I hate the instant version (just mush - I like my food with some chew to it) or with sugar-added. I do like the extra-thick rolled oats though. I also like a Trader Joes product, which is mixed whole grains - barley, rye, oats and wheat. It's even less naturally sweet.

Fruit is usually enough sweetener for me.

Lately I've been doing muesli-style - the multigrain hot cereal soaked in vanilla soymilk over night, in the morning add about 1/4 of an apple chopped, 1/2 banana, pecans, cranberries, and Greek yogurt. Eaten cold. Mmmmmm. Mmmmmm. Mmmmmm. The apple and banana are really good together. The texture is a bit different than when you cook it.

But strangely, I find I stay full all morning, or most of it, with the soaked version, whereas with cooked oats I seem to get hungry mid-morning.

kaplods
04-09-2009, 07:35 PM
I had heard (from someone here) that instant oatmeal is still whole grain - in that unlike many other grain foods, the instant version isn't stripped - it's just cut smaller. Sugar is still a problem, for some brands, but I did find an instant oatmeal that was in a box and you poured what you wanted (not packets) and it's only ingredient was oats - and I believe (but it's been a while, so maybe I'm misremembering) the package said steel cut oats (which where then apparently ground further). I haven't been able to find that brand here in Wisconsin though. It was in the health food section.

Or you can take your own steel cut oats (or quick cook oats) and whiz them in a food processor so that the pieces are therefore smaller and quicker cooking.

I know it's almost sacreligious to recommend grinding steel cut oats - since the rough texture is part of the appeal, but I like a smoother texture to hot cereals.

murphmitch
04-09-2009, 07:58 PM
I actually like hot Oat Bran cereal better than oatmeal. Trader Joe's has a toasted version but Quaker makes one also. I like the taste and texture better. I add unsweetened almond milk, cinnamon, Splenda and some almonds or almond butter for a tasty and satisfying breakfast.

Thighs Be Gone
04-09-2009, 08:47 PM
kaplods, after reading your post I went and did some further reading..all oats are considered "whole"--yes, even the instant--nutritionally, steel cut are the best followed (how close depends on the souce you are reading) by regular oatmeal and then the instant variety. Some nutrients are lost in the rolling of the oat or the partial cooking.

You are right, just as you are most often.

kaplods
04-09-2009, 09:34 PM
kaplods, after reading your post I went and did some further reading..all oats are considered "whole"--yes, even the instant--nutritionally, steel cut are the best followed (how close depends on the souce you are reading) by regular oatmeal and then the instant variety. Some nutrients are lost in the rolling of the oat or the partial cooking.

You are right, just as you are most often.


I can't take credit for it, since it was passed on information. I think right now I have steel cut long-cooking oats, old fashioned quick oats, and several varieties of instant (such as "Weight Control for Women" and several "low sugar" varieties).

The instant ones I rarely eat for breakfast (I sometimes make oatmeal with slow cooking oats in the crockpot). When I really want a rich dessert, I will save enough exchanges/calories for a imitation "cobbler." I'll make a serving of instant oatmeal (my favorite is banana bread flavored) and then add a scoop of no sugar added ice cream (for about 220 - 240 calories, 2 bread exchanges, and 1 dairy). When I wasn't watching carbs, I'd have that "cobbler" every day for breakfast in the winter.


Another great alternative to oatmeal

heather88
04-09-2009, 09:41 PM
I usually get quaker's weight control oatmeal. The kind that I have right now has 1 gram of sugar ;o but it is so good.

Thighs Be Gone
04-09-2009, 10:13 PM
Girl, where in heaven's name do you come up with these ideas. That sounds f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s and doable which is all the better. Do you add fresh fruit to your cobbler? I bet it would be reallly good if so.

I also read here a while back about making oatmeal with the 25 calorie cocoa packets too. That sounds good as well but mmmmmm...your cobbler sounds DIVINE.

mayness
04-10-2009, 10:03 AM
I wanted to like steel-cut oatmeal, I really did... but I only like my oatmeal mushy. And not even mushy, so much, as pasty, lol... I like it wayy overcooked with far too little liquid. :) Even the Quaker rolled stuff that's not instant takes too long... I have to microwave that for like 6 minutes, and keep adding water and stirring, and it's a pain.

I do sometimes feel tempted by those packet flavors (maple brown sugar?? yum!) but I buy the plain Quaker instant stuff and flavor it myself. (After all, I've got my own good quality maple syrup and brown sugar if I REALLY wanted it.)

I guess my point is, don't feel bad if you don't like the more natural oatmeal... the instant stuff is still good for you as long as you flavor it yourself to avoid all the sugar (and the weird preservatives and artificial flavors in most brands).

mygritsconfessions
04-10-2009, 10:10 AM
I love the Quaker Oats and like them mushy - right amount of water. I like adding cinnamon to them, which is no calories - delicious!

kaplods
04-10-2009, 11:43 AM
Girl, where in heaven's name do you come up with these ideas. That sounds f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s and doable which is all the better. Do you add fresh fruit to your cobbler? I bet it would be reallly good if so.

I also read here a while back about making oatmeal with the 25 calorie cocoa packets too. That sounds good as well but mmmmmm...your cobbler sounds DIVINE.

I do sometimes add fruit, and it is really good.


I think my brain is like a slot machine - a lot of ideas spinning around and making random combinations - and every once in a while I hit a jackpot (I've had many that didn't work out so well, either - like my bright idea to microwave an egg in the egg shell (I cracked off the top of the shell and pierced the yolk first, so I thought I was safe). I pulled it out of the microwave, and it looked ok, but when I stuck my fork into the top, I ended up literally with egg on my face as the egg exploded. I ran to the bathroom and washed it off quickly with cold water (all the little egg bits were burning hot, of course). For three days I looked like I had freckles or maybe chicken pox (no actual blisters, just first degree "sunburn" like burns, but in tiny, itsy dots).

I look brilliant only because I don't share my stupid ideas.

nelie
04-10-2009, 12:20 PM
I haven't eaten breakfast cereals in a while. I had heard that 'instant' oatmeal has a higher GI value but that information came from South Beach Diet I believe. I am not sure if its correct though?

My favorite thing though is Bob's Red mill high fiber cereal. Its really good and adding some no sugar added apple sauce or pumpkin puree makes it really good.

I've never actually had packet oatmeal (well other than the month I tried Medifast).

Mummy_Tummy
04-10-2009, 12:41 PM
For three days I looked like I had freckles or maybe chicken pox (no actual blisters, just first degree "sunburn" like burns, but in tiny, itsy dots).

I look brilliant only because I don't share my stupid ideas.

:rofl:

Thank you for the giggle!

LindseyLouWho
04-10-2009, 01:15 PM
I am so happy that I found the muesli idea on this thread. Y'see, I had a box of Archer Farms muesli in my pantry that was basically sitting there because although for weight per serving it's the same, there's a lot less volume. BUT, I soaked it overnight in milk and added in chopped banana in the morning and it was great! I think my cereal did have a few tiny flakes in it as opposed to being all oats, but it didn't negatively affect the texture overnight.

Once I'm out of that, I'll just make my own by throwing in old fashioned oats with some nuts and dried fruits the night before so they can soak up the milk and get squishy too. :D Yay for oatmeal that you can eat in the summer when the thought of eating a hot breakfast makes you want to gag... haha.

Thighs Be Gone
04-10-2009, 01:20 PM
TOO funny about the egg Kaplods--well, I guess we all win some and lose some right!

You have shared some great info--especially on your recipes these last few months. Have you ever considered doing something financially rewarding with them? Don't get me wrong--love the advice FREE--just sayin'!

creaky
04-19-2009, 08:27 PM
You can also soak the Quaker Old Fashioned oats in water or protien powder and water or my favorite in yogurt. I mix the oats and the water/yogurt in a bowl and put it in the refrigerator overnight. You can heat it up in the microwave for the water or protein powder mix. I wouldn't heat the yogurt mix in the microwave. You'll have to see what proportions give you the right texture for you.