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ICEDEMETER Posts: 1,332
3/21/13 12:45 P

I absolutely agree with everyone else about the flavour - my favorite is a mix of steel-cut oats and oat bran.

Unfortunately, I'm iron-challenged and my body can't handle separate supplements, but can handle iron-supplemented foods. The instant oatmeal has 40% of iron, whereas the same amount of steel-cut only has 12%. I'd have to add 2 tablespoons of blackstrap molasses, or 30g of hemp seeds, to it in order to get the same amount of iron. Either is possible, but it definitely impacts on the taste, the convenience, and the calorie load.

If you are tracking any of your vitamins and minerals, in might be worthwhile for you to check to see if there would be an impact for you in changing from the fortified instant stuff to the unfortified natural oats.

Good luck in finding something that you thoroughly enjoy!

CHRISTINA791 SparkPoints: (68,848)
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3/20/13 10:57 P

I use plain oats, and they turn out great in the microwave. You have to play around with it a bit since every microwave is different (as I found out when I went to make oatmeal while staying at my mom's before an early morning race), but once you get the timing down it's just as easy as the instant stuff. For mine, I do 1/3 c. of oats to 2/3 c. water, and a tablespoon of ground flax. I nuke it for 50 seconds, stir, and then do another 40 seconds. Take it out, sprinkle a bit of brown sugar and cinnamon, add some fruit (bananas or blueberries are my favourite), and I'm ready to go.

I had to use an emergency pack of the instant stuff at work a couple months ago, and it tasted like wallpaper paste compared to the real thing.

ALISALEA Posts: 161
3/20/13 10:46 P

I eat old fashioned oats several mornings a week. I make them in the microwave at work, no problem. Sometimes I add a tbs of chunky peanut butter, or a mashed ripe banana and a sprinkle of cinnamon. I also like dried fruit.

GZELLEFRO SparkPoints: (85,738)
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3/20/13 10:33 P

I like the Old Fashioned Oats. They only take five minutes to cook and like dragonchilde said, they're much better for you. Another option is Steel Cut Oats, which are processed even less than Old Fashioned Oats. The disadvantage to them is that they take about 20-25 min to cook, but there are recipes here on Spark on cooking them in the slow cooker overnight. Then they're ready first thing in the morning. I tried them and they were delicious!!

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (60,917)
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3/20/13 10:24 P

I recently made the switch. :) I'm trying to cut back on processed stuff, and look now for things with the fewest possible ingredients.

Look at the ingredient list on your package of instant oatmeal. Here, I'll show you the one from mine:


Now, let's look at the ingredients list on my can of old fashioned oats:


See the difference?

I have the 1 minute kind. There are NO added anythings to it and it takes about a minute to cook. According to the package, you can nuke them in about 2 minutes.

I add brown sugar, blueberries, and a bit of maple syrup to mine. They definitely taste MUCH better, and I am not getting the extra crap, AND they're about a million times cheaper.

What's not to love?

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 3/20/2013 (22:26)
LOVEMOUSE82 SparkPoints: (3,788)
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3/20/13 8:36 P

I ate my last package of instant oatmeal today, and instead of buying more instant, I was thinking of switching to old fashioned kind. Is it better for you? I don't know much about the differences but some members have mentioned that they think the old fashioned kind is better tasting. Is it a pain to cook it....using the microwave was always a big plus with the instant. It's the on,y kind I've ever used so I'm not too sure of other choices.

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