I never use the packets hardly ever , they have added stuff like sugar. so, you get less but the same or more calories. Best to use whole grain oats and measure 1/2 a cup and add whatever you like to flavor it like banana, stevia, cinnamon, ect ...it's more filling and less expensive that way.
I see alot of packets being only .33 of a cup ( sometimes a bit more ) but still the same calories or more (usually 160-170) where a .5 cup of whole grain is only 150cal for more oatmeal becuase it has nothing added to it, just oatmeal.
Edited by: PINKMONKEYS24 at: 2/26/2011 (15:12)
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I DO use the packets-- bought a big box from Sam's Club. The flavors that I get are anywhere from 130-160 calories per serving-- so I definitely use two packets if I'm having for a meal... if a snack I use one.
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If I have the instant oats then I just consume one packet (I think it is .5 cup dried). If I have it from a large container I either make enough for one serving from what it says on the box or if I am making it for more than just myself *which is rare* then I eyeball it and give myself a .5 to .75 cup of hot oatmeal. I like to add a teaspoon of all natural, organic peanut butter or a smidgen of sugar to give it some taste. Berries too!
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I use 1/2 cup of oatmeal (old fashioned, not the packets; 150 calories), and microwave it in a deep bowl. I also usually do it at 5 minutes @ 50% power--that seems to help the overflow issue, too.
In terms of add-ins, I'm a weirdo and usually make it savory (like a congee/jook), and stir in about 2/3 cup of frozen vegetables and flax seed or a raw egg with some soy sauce or nutritional yeast. A bowl of that is less than 300 calories, and keeps me full alllll the way until lunch. Most people can't get past the salty oatmeal thing, though :)
In terms of packages do you have 1 or 2? I noticed the grams range a lot anywhere from 29g package to 40g, big difference. When using the plain oatmeal with nothing added do you do the 1/3 cup serving which is usually like 30-35 grams and around 130 cals, or do you double it up and do half cup?? I usually do the single serving cause i add a whole bunch of toppings, my oatmeal always had a full serving of fruit and a full tablespoon of nut butter like cashew, peanut, or almond butter.
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