Don’t have time to make slow cooking oatmeal?
You can choose the instant oatmeal packets if you shop smart.
I have compiled a list of healthy instant oatmeal brands so that you can be prepared for a quick, healthy breakfast.
Lower Sugar Oatmeal Brands
- Kashi Creamy Truly Vanilla: Contains 6 g sugar, 7 g fiber, and 9 g protein (see image below)
- Nature’s Path Hemp Plus: Hemp contains plenty of omega 3 healthy fats
- Better Oats Chai Spiced Flavor: The lowest sugar (8 g) variety of this natural oatmeal brand.
- Glutenfreeda Instant Oatmeal: Good for those avoiding gluten, and is all natural. Does contain a little more sugar (8 or 9 g per packet), but some of that comes from dried fruits.
- Trader Joe’s Frozen Steel Cut Oatmeal: This isn’t exactly instant, but it’s instantly microwavable.
- Quaker Weight Control Oatmeal: This brand ranks last place because it contains artificial sweeteners. But, the nutrition facts aren’t bad.
- Good Foods Made Simple: All natural ingredients and heats in two minutes.
Isn’t Instant Nutritionally Inferior?
Oats are still oats. The difference is in how the oats are processed. Instant and slow cooking do contain the same nutritional benefits, but the instant is processed faster in the body because it is already partially broken down.
This means that instant oats have a higher glycemic index. So, it would be better for diabetics, or those watching their weight to choose slow cooking, or see the tips listed below!
- Add some protein like nuts or a brown rice protein powder to that oatmeal to slow the glycemic response in the body. This will help balance the meal and balance your energy levels through the morning.
- Make slow cooking oatmeal in bulk ahead of time. Keep it in the refrigerator, and then reheat for 1 minute as needed at breakfast.
- Use a slow cooker at night. Set up your oatmeal, and it will be ready in the morning.
- Buy a high quality plain instant oatmeal, and add your own sweetener like stevia and fruit.
Do you eat oatmeal in the morning? If so, how do you like yours?