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A Review of 5 Common Breakfast Oatmeal Brands

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Fin currently lives in California's Central Valley. He enjoys writing food reviews.

What's for breakfast?

What's for breakfast?

The Most Important Meal of the Day

Or so it is said about breakfast. So many choices and only seven days in a week.

The average person—if they eat this meal regularly—will consume over 25,000 breakfasts in their lifetime. There are so many options, including biscuits and gravy, bacon and eggs, omelets, chicken, steak, ham, that sometimes you might be tempted to have breakfast for lunch and dinner.

What about the more healthy options? In a society that is placing an emphasis on healthy diets, oatmeal certainly is one of the better choices.

Warm, filling, and usually pretty tasty, you have a variety of options to choose from. Traditional, maple, fruity, gluten free and carb friendly.

Let's take a look at some choices available in today's market.

The Samples

BrandTaste/FlavorAdded IngredientsSatisfies HungerValue for PriceOverall

Kind

9

9

7.5

7

8

Better Oats

8

8.5

8

8

8

Nature's Path Organic

7

7

7

9

7.5

Quaker

9

8

9

9

9

WinCo Foods

8.5

9

8.5

8.5

8.5

Kind: Dark Chocolate Almond

I am always a little nervous when I see phrases like "gluten free" or words that indicate that the inside a box of food might be healthy. This brand was a little more expensive and in fact a bit fancy-looking. And of course the dark chocolate and real almost slivers seemed appealing.

How did it taste?

Very good actually. I was a little nervous when I saw how watery it was at first. It took awhile for it to settle. And because the chocolate melted—it would probably be a good idea to add it separately—the dish took on an odd tinge.

The almonds were a pleasant touch. Crispy slivers of nuts taste good on hot breakfast cereal.

The flavor overall was delicious. I definitely like this more than a plainer variety. It wasn't too sweet either.

Better Oats

This seems to be a pretty fancy brand. The package says something about being a whole grain brand with little flax seeds. I have to admit I was a little nervous. This was much more fancy and healthy than I am used to.

When you open up the package, a stand appears that holds the individual pouches. The pouches—like many oatmeal brands—are supposed to substitute for a bowl if you should need one.

This is not instant oatmeal. You have to cook it the traditional way, in a pot on the stovetop. (There is also a microwave option, but I don't have one).

I first noticed the small flax seeds, which looked very appetizing. I'm not even sure what flax seeds are. The aroma was very pleasant and hearty. I could smell the brown sugar and the grains which seemed fresh.

The taste wasn't bad, although the texture sort of stood out. The oats were whole and solid and it was a hearty breakfast indeed.

Nature's Path Organic

As harsh as this sounds, I have to admit that Nature's Path Organic was not my favorite. It had a nice consistency, the aroma was delicious but the taste was sort of bland.

There are words like "organic" and "gluten free" and "vegan" posted all over the box which should have given me a hint. I'm not sure why you would have to advertise oats as vegan; please don't bother explaining it to me, this is a rhetorical statement.

The brown sugar flavor came through like a dirty flour, I didn't taste anything resembling sweetness in the concoction.

As much as I want to eat healthy and be conscientious about what I put into my system, this was a little over the top. I sort of wonder if I would have taken this blindly, if my response would be different.

And of course, with oatmeal, you get what you get. You aren't eating a peppery filet minion or a herbal chicken. You aren't getting chicken fried steak smothered in country gravy with a side of country potatoes. You are eating grain.

But I just wish it didn't have to taste that way.

I recommended it because of its health content, but I probably won't put this at the top of my list.

Quaker

Quaker is probably a name you already associate with oatmeal. I think at one time they had a monopoly on the market, and it still fares pretty well.

The instant oatmeal cooks up really quickly and is ready to eat in about two minutes. It has a nice body and fills you up. My only concern is that the regular, normally sweetened varieties are just that—too sweet.

The brown sugar is my personal favorite; it's delicious and has an alluring aroma. It is a hearty breakfast that will stick to you. It could also make a good snack or even a quick lunch.

"Oats are annual grasses, and are used as both for both human and animal nutrition, in addition to other purposes. They are a commonly grown crop in the world today. However, they bring with them a somewhat tempestuous history.... Modern oats probably originated from the Asian wild red oat which grew as a weed in other grain crops. Archaeological studies show that oats have been found dating from about 2,000 BC, but these grains were probably simply weed seeds."

— Gramene Avena

WinCo Foods (Generic)

The advantage of generic brands is that they provide the same product, usually at a much cheaper price.

The WinCo brand is pretty tasty, very much like Quaker for the most part. Nothing really fancy, but the flavors they package provide a variety of choices. Oatmeal is a pretty boring meal itself, even when flavors are added, but the WinCo variety packs help make it fun.

This is a good choice if you are looking for something to start your day off right. The nutritional provisions are similar to any other product on the market.

Definitely recommended.

© 2021 Fin

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