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Hungry Girl Today: 1.16.09
We have a lot of favorite things that start with O -- oranges, origami, Oprah
(not necessarily in that order). But today, we're talking about one of our
other favorites -- OATMEAL. Check it out...
Oats are a great power food. They're high in fiber (so they keep you feeling
full for a long time) and packed with B vitamins. Plus, studies have linked
oatmeal (when eaten regularly) to lowered LDL cholesterol levels, reduced
risk of heart disease, and lowered risk for type 2 diabetes.
Confused by the different types of oatmeal? Everyone is. Here's a quick
Steel-Cut (Irish) - Coarse, chopped up oats. Take longer to cook, but yield
Old-Fashioned (Rolled) - Oat flakes that have been steamed, rolled flat, and
toasted. Minimally processed for maximum health benefits.
Quick-Cooking - Old-fashioned oats that have been rolled thinner and cut
into smaller pieces, so they cook faster.
Instant - Thin, precooked oats with less natural flavor and texture. Often
contain added salt, sugar, and/or other flavorings.
Quaker Simple Harvest All Natural Instant Multigrain Hot Cereal
PER SERVING (1 packet): 150 - 160 calories, 1.5 - 3.5g fat, 75 - 90mg
sodium, 30 - 33g carbs, 4g fiber, 9 - 12g sugars, 4g protein -- POINTS®
value 2 - 3*
This stuff has oats plus plenty of other whole grains, like rye and barley.
Score! Try every flavor -- Apples with Cinnamon; Vanilla, Almond and
Honey; and Maple Brown Sugar with Pecans -- because they're all good. Yes,
Amy's Organic Hot Cereal Bowls
PER SERVING (1 bowl): 190 - 220 calories, 1.5 - 3.5g fat, 190 - 300mg
sodium, 40 - 42g carbs, 5g fiber, 12 - 15g sugars, 4 - 6g protein -- POINTS®
value 3 - 4*
This super-hearty, hot 'n oaty, nukeable frozen b-fast cereal comes in 3
varieties (already in their own bowls!) -- Rolled Oats, Steel-Cut Oats, and
Multi-Grain. Amy's also makes a Cream of Rice Hot Cereal Bowl, but there
are no oats involved, so we left that one out.
Kashi GOLEAN Hot Cereal
PER SERVING (1 packet): 150 calories, 2g fat, 100mg sodium, 25 - 26g
carbs, 5 - 7g fiber, 6 - 7g sugars, 8 - 9g protein -- POINTS® value 2*
Mmmmmm, this cereal is soooo good. AND it's lower in sugar than many
instant hot cereals (so if you like yours sweet, throw in a Splenda packet).
There are 2 flavors -- Hearty Honey Cinnamon and Creamy Truly Vanilla --
for you to start your day with.
Kozy Shack Ready Grains Healthy All Natural Multigrain Cereal
PER SERVING (1 bowl): 180 - 210 calories, 2g fat, 180 - 200mg sodium, 30 -
39g carbs, 7g fiber, 17 - 26g sugars, 7 - 8g protein -- POINTS® value 3 - 4*
As occasionally lazy humans, we love it when things are all ready to go. This
creamy stuff is made with low-fat milk and 4 types of whole grains (including
steel-cut oats AND rolled ones... fancy!). The folks at Kozy Shack say you
can eat it hot OR cold, but we say HEAT IT. Choose from Apple & Cinnamon,
Maple Brown Sugar, Original, and Strawberry. We like the Original best (and
the Strawberry least).
Starbucks Perfect Oatmeal
PER SERVING (1 container, nothing added): 140 calories, 2.5g fat, 105mg
sodium, 25g carbs, 4g fiber, 0g sugars, 5g protein -- POINTS® value 2*
Way to go, Starbucks -- your oatmeal ROCKS! It's totally satisfying,
delicious, and customizable. Served with a 50-calorie packet of brown sugar,
100 cals' worth of dried fruit, and a 100-calorie nut medley, you can add
items to your o-meal as you please. Heads up -- adding ALL of the extras to
your bowl will cause it to contain close to 400 calories and a POINTS® value
of 8*. So choose a couple of items and save the rest for later, perhaps?
M.Y.O.O. (Make Your Own Oatmeal... and Oatmeal-Infused Items!)
Grab 'n Go Breakfast Cookies - These are like oatmeal that you can pick up
and munch on as you run out the door (minus the sticky fingers). Click 'n
Complete & Utter Oatmeal Insanity - The wild-'n-craziest bowl of oatmeal
you will ever put in your face.
Berries & Cream Oatmeal Pudding and Choco Monkey Oatmeal - Not one,
but TWO amazing oatmeal recipes for your breakfast enjoyment.
Peachy Keen Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins - Think outside the bowl! Make a
batch of these and have oatmeal goodness all week long. Click & scroll!
Oatrageous Chocolate Chip Pancakes - Next time we'll try making oatmeal
out of pancakes (KIDDING!).
AM Apple Scramble and Oatstanding Veggie Patties - Breakfast and lunch,
courtesy of Quaker!
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CHEW ON THIS:
January is National Oatmeal Month. Party down all month long with our
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*The Points® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by
Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe
or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the
owner of the Points® registered trademark.
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