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1/24/11 9:38 A

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I usually use steel cut oats and sometimes I will use Quinoa to add extra healthy benefits. Last time I added some 70% coco chocolate and my hubby loved it. Originally I seen that oatmeal in the store - it was Whole Foods or Trader Joe's - and it is in a box with I think four packets. It was really good but a little rich for me so I tried making it and added as much or little as I wanted. Yummy.

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1/24/11 9:22 A

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I like using old fashioned oats heated in the microwave with a touch of honey or maple syrup, cinnamon and sliced bananas or apple chunks... nom nom nom :)

Old Fashioned are less processed than the Instant - so they're technically better for you, though both are a healthier option than most breakfast items out there!

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1/5/11 12:38 P

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I buy old fashioned oats & 7 grains out of the bins at Winco then mix them. I like steel cut too but the last batch were cut differently so didn't buy. It's quite good, filling & healthier, higher fiber. I add a few nuts, sunflower seeds, crumbled dates, raisons or fresh or frozen fruit, whatever your tastebuds fancy from one day to another.
hmmmm, now I'm hungry! LOL
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How poor are they that have not patience!
What wound did ever heal but by degrees?
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1/5/11 9:57 A

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I quit eating the instant oatmeal a long time ago because of the sugar content. That alone will increase your blood sugar and when the blood sugar drops you are hungry again. I switched to the Quick Cook Steel Cut Oats. 1/4 cut is 150 calories, 2.5 g fat, 0 sodium, carbs 27g, and 5 g protein. Fiber 4g. It only takes 6 minutes to cook in micro or 7 on stovetop. It can be made up and stored in the fridge if you want to eat it more than one morning, or make it the night before and reheat in the micro.

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1/5/11 9:50 A

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I like the store brand quick cooking oats. I use half the single serving suggestion and zap it in the microwave, then add a few blueberries and/or nuts to add fruit and/or protein. For me, this is a nice, hearty cold weather breakfast.

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1/5/11 9:38 A

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I just did some comparisons on the Sparks nutrition tracker and this is what I found.

Instant oatmeal 160 cal, 2.5 Fat, 260 sodium, 32 carbs, 3 dietary fiber, and 4 protein

Old Fashioned oats: 150 cal, 3 fat (surprised me), 0 sodium, 27 carbs, 4 dietary fiber, and 5 protein.

While I have a major sweet tooth, I don't like the artificial flavors of the instant. Just my 2 cents.

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1/5/11 9:21 A

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Does anyone know if old fashioned oatmeal is any better for you than the instant packets? Those instant packets seem really handy, but if there's a real difference then I'd stick with the old fashioned variety.

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1/5/11 9:13 A

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I think I'm a fan of the sweetness in the instant. I'm gonna try some berries and fruits soon. Thanks! :)

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1/5/11 9:06 A

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I'm one of those strange ones that doesnt like the packaged instant oatmeals and only eat the old fashioned oats (in the microwave tho). Some days I add blueberries, if I want extra crunch or protein I've added 1 Tbs sunflower seeds (sounds strange, but was good). Recently I sprinkled on cinnamon and liked that. Really about any fruit tastes good I'm sure.

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1/5/11 9:02 A

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I've been enjoying instant oatmeal every morning almost for the past couple weeks. This morning however, I tried to make some from oats on the stove. It tastes like water even after I sweeten it. Anyone got any yummy & inexpensive recipes they would care to share?

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