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!
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.
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.
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
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