The Perfect Oatmeal
I’ve been slacking on the blogging side of things (forgive me) but one thing that I’ve been pretty consistent and regular with is eating breakfast. I go through periods where I only eat eggs or only fruit, but recently I’ve really gotten into oatmeal. Oatmeal kick starts my metabolism, stabilizes my blood sugar, and holds me longer than any other breakfast without weighing me down. While working with Justin, I’ve learned that my body responds to oatmeal better than any other breakfast. The weeks where I’m running late and just grab anything to eat in the mornings, I lack energy, am inconsistent with my food choices, and ultimately the scale goes up (oof!).
So now that I know this about my body, I’ve been experimenting with different brands and recipes. Here are my top picks in no particular order:
It’s fast and super easy to make. The packets pre-measure a serving of organic oatmeal and then you can use the same pouch to measure how much water you need. How many times have you made oatmeal and not known how much water to use? Better Oats has eliminated the uncertainty. Zap it in the microwave and you’re done! I really can’t think of anything wrong with it, besides maybe the price. It’s a little more than you’re average oatmeal but I can’t express how convenient this oatmeal is without sacrificing the flavor.
Unlike traditional oatmeal, it has flax, quinoa, barley, rye, and wheat.
This oatmeal has the best texture. It’s nutty and there’s actually something to chew rather than feeling like you’re eating baby food. You just feel like you’re eating something good for you and pure. The only down fall is that it takes forever to cook so I usually make a big pot on Sunday nights. That way I have it ready for the week’s breakfasts. The oatmeal actually holds well until the end of the week. If it congeals a bit towards the end of the week, I splash a little bit of almond milk to smooth it out.
Tastes exactly like the steel cut version, but it doesn’t have the texture and you save about 15 minutes. I packet is 28 grams so I never feel like it’s enough but it’s still a more stabilizing breakfast than a bagel! I don’t have to boil water but rather use the hot water from our office’s water cooler. I love how convenient it is, just miss the texture.
BTW, while I was on the McCann’s site I discovered the have recipes for chocolate chip oatmeal cake, chocolate fruit flapjacks and chocolate oat slices. Mmmm. Not so Lean Girl friendly, but allow yourself a treat once in a while 🙂
It’s similar to the RAW Pure & Simple in taste and texture. It’s just as convenient minus the measuring cup pouch. If you can handle that, this is a safe purchase.
5. Quaker Oats
Quaker Oats- what I consider the original oatmeal because it’s the one brand available in every grocery store. Many of us remember using these oats to make oatmeal raisin cookies. I’ve never made them, but I sure have consumed a lot in my day. You really can’t go wrong with Quaker, but I find this to be the most boring of all.
If you’re a Lean Girl always on-the-go like me, this really is the perfect oatmeal for you. If you’re often jumping from meeting to meeting and don’t want to eat fast food, the Perfect Oatmeal is your best choice because it’s just oats and there’s a Starbucks on every corner of Manhattan.
Ask them to make it with water and slice a banana, which they also have available, and you have a great meal. It’s a much better and healthier choice than any other fast food oatmeal…especially the infamous McDonald’s oatmeal.
Where’s the flavored oatmeal? I stay away from the flavored oatmeal because it adds about three to four tablespoons of sugar and other preservatives to each serving. On days where I need a bit of flavor, I add:
- fresh berries: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc.
- sliced banana
- 1 tsp of peanut or almond butter
- cinnamon or nutmeg
- sliced almonds or a few raw nuts
- diced apples and cinnamon
- chia seeds or flax seeds
- a little shredded coconut
- splash of almond or hazelnut milk