Instant Oatmeal is a scam.

Written by cynthia765 (cynthia) on 1/22/2010 8:26 AM | COMMENTS (9)

I'm always looking for ways to save time (and calories of course), so last week I bought some of that "weight control" instant oatmeal. The whole shtick is that it takes only 2 minutes in the microwave. Well, I made it and it tasted HORRIBLE. Very artificial, overly sweet, and just chemically.
Yuck!! I actually threw it away and ate something else that morning.

This morning I had a craving for oatmeal again, so I checked the regular Quaker Oats box and guess what? 1/2 cup dry oatmeal made with water is 2 points AND takes only 3 minutes in the microwave! How is spending 2 minutes making nasty oatmeal of the same point value any better?? Answer: it's not. I will happily wait another 60 seconds for something that actually tastes like food. So this morning I made myself a lovely bowl of real oatmeal, and supplemented it with 1/4 cup whole milk (1 point), 2 Splenda packets, and a large banana for 2 points. Voila: delicious, filling 5 point breakfast that took literally 3 minutes!

I think I'm getting the hang of this.

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  • Post Image davidcpr (david)

    7/24/2013 5:52 AM
    i am new to weight watcher I train almost daily for around 2 hours in the morning , i wake up at 5am at 6 i am on the gym I must have some oatmeal in the morning , so i have cooked up some oatmeal waterbased, but how do i know how many points i a 100 grams of cooked oatmeal, PS no sugar I add a bit spelnda or other calorie sweetner


  • Post Image shakaplan

    2/9/2013 3:54 PM
    I actually like the weight watchers brand. I don't find it overly sweetened, even the harvest berry flavor, but I'm dying to try Illini's oatmeal with a tablespoon of peanut butter. That sounds amazing and easy. I still wish I could find the WW oatmeal in the stores. So far, I haven't found it anywhere except at the WW meeting location.


  • Post Image rokknrobn (robin)

    2/5/2013 10:15 AM
    The regular Quaker Instant Oatmeal has the same amount of Points and taste good...Cinnamon Spice is great,


  • Post Image cynthia765 (cynthia)

    1/24/2010 7:55 PM
    Who knew oatmeal was such a hot topic??! LOL!! Some great ideas here--mytime's canned pumpkin one sounds right up my alley, though lauro's sounds nice too.


  • Post Image mytime2506 (jennifer)

    1/23/2010 9:24 PM
    I agree with you on the instant oatmeal. I was never a big fan of oatmeal but now I eat it almost every day! Here's a delicious 1 point treat: microwave 1/4 cup rolled oats with 1/2 cup water, then add 1/4 cup canned pumpkin, 2 splenda packets and a dash of cinnamon (I also add 1/2 tsp vanilla extract) - it is delicious and filling and so quick and easy!!


  • Post Image lauro9218

    1/22/2010 9:32 PM
    I make a recipe called heary oatmeal The recipe is for four people but you can cut it down to one very easy. 2 cups quic-cooking or old fashioned oatmeal 4 cups fat fre milk 1/2 cup of raisins or chopped dried fruit 2 tablespoons of sunflour seed or pumpkin seeds or walnuts sometimes I put in shredded cocnut cinnamon and sugar substitute. you can either makethis in the microwave or on topof the stove in asauce pan. and It's only 3pts a serving. My whole family loves the recipe. Mary


  • Post Image daximus

    1/22/2010 8:38 AM
    Not all brands are equal. I tried that weight control stuff and also thought it was nasty. But the Kashi brands and Trader Joes brands are pretty good.


  • Post Image illini_girl

    1/22/2010 8:31 AM
    Can't agree more. I like mine with Splenda and a tablespoon of fresh organic peanut butter. It's my favorite breakfast :)


  • Post Image csn1116 (charlee)

    1/22/2010 8:29 AM
    Sounds great! I have a bowl of weight control instant oatmeal in front of me that I can't bring myself to eat....and I wasn't a big fan of the weight watcher's oatmeal either!




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