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4 Oatmeal Brands to Start Your Morning

Jon’s all-time favorite breakfast is steel-cut oats topped with oat bran and fresh berries. But are steel-cut oats really better than the quick-cook variety and those oh-so-easy instant packets? We’re about to find out, in today’s Get the Skinny with Molly!

 

LOVE IT!

Steel-cut Irish oats – least processed.  Heartier texture can feel more satisfying

Old-fashioned rolled oats – steamed first, then rolled to make into flakes. Slightly higher glycemic index than steel-cut oats.

 

LIKE IT!

Instant oatmeal packets – finely chopped, typically has added salt + caramel coloring, even in plain varieties.  Has higher glycemic index than steel-cut or rolled oats.

Kashi Go Lean Hot Cereal – Truly Vanilla

  • 150 calories – 5 grams soluble fiber – 6 grams sugar – 9 grams protein
  • Ingredients include oats, cane juice, chicory root fiber, Kashi Seven Whole Grain Blend, whey protein, soy protein, flaxseeds.

 

HATE IT!

 Most varieties of flavored instant oatmeal that are sweetened with added sugar

  • 160-210 calories – 1 gram soluble fiber – 12-14 grams sugar – 4-5 grams protein
  • Common sources of added sugar:  sugar, evaporated cane juice, maple sugar, brown sugar

 

For more information about healthy add-ins, go to

http://wgno.com/2014/01/31/get-the-skinny-on-protein-rich-oatmeal-add-ins/#axzz38w6u4cY1