Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Hi friends! Over the course of my new lifestyle change, I would like to share with ya'll some of the healthy options I've found and enjoyed (or not so much). Most of these items should be available at your local market or online. Hope you enjoy!
Today's Product: Smart Ones Maple & Brown Sugar Oatmeal
Nutritional Specs: Serving size - 1 cup. 190 calories, 2g of fat, 190mg of sodium, 38g total carbohydrate, 5g of fiber, 5g of protein.
My review: For those who aren't familiar with the Smart Ones brand, it is a branch off of Weight Watchers and delivers frozen meal options in red boxes to your local markets. I've enjoyed many of their meals in the past, and although they are probably not the healthiest thing you can eat because they're frozen and made to last for longer periods of time than fresh foods, they definitely aid in weight loss and overall I would definitely recommend the brand.
I enjoy starting out my day with a cup of oatmeal. I got hooked on Dunkin Donuts oatmeal (Quaker's brand, but it was much easier to visit the drive thru on the way to school than make it myself - lazy college student) but after a while, I wanted to find a lower priced option that I could make at home. During summertime, I don't always leave my house by the time I want to eat breakfast. So, when I heard that Smart Ones was coming out with these babies, I got very excited and was eager to try them. Turns out, they don't disappoint. They come in a few other flavors, like Apples & Cinnamon and Peaches & Cream, but I gravitate toward the Maple & Brown Sugar. It comes with dried fruits and granola on top, which inevitably get mixed in when you have to stir the oatmeal mid-microwave. I could go without the fruit. I wish it came as an option to stir in if you wanted it. I usually end up picking it out of mine, but that could very well be because I don't like fruit mixed into anything except frozen yogurt.
This is a breakfast that I enjoy, and it definitely keeps me satisfied until lunchtime rolls around. I would recommend this product if you like oatmeal but hate the prep time - all you have to do with this kind is heat it for about 2 minutes and 15 seconds and then go! Simple, good, and healthy. I approve!