My family has been making Quaker Instant Oatmeal a part of our breakfast routine for 27 years. I have purchased the generic or store brand instant oatmeals from time to time, but we really do prefer the Quaker brand, and it’s really not that much more expensive when I buy it on sale. Quaker makes this oatmeal in a large variety of flavors, our favorite is the Maple and Brown Sugar.
One box contains 10 individual paper packets, and I love how easy they are to tear open. Simply dump the oeatmeal into a bowl and add boiling water. The directions suggest adding 1/2 cup of boiling water, but if you don’t want to wait for water to boil, you can make it in your microwave but you’ll need 2/3 cup water. Of course, if you like thicker oatmeal you use less water, and vise versa for the thinner consistency.
We have an instant hot water dispenser in our kitchen, and although it doesn’t provide us with boiling water, it does get extremely hot (190 degrees), and this works well. After the water is added and it’s stirred thoroughly, I find it needs to sit a minute to thicken up. This also gives it time to cool off a bit. My daycare children sometimes complain that it gets too hot. Of course, a nice way to make it richer and cool off the oatmeal at the same time, is to add a little bit of milk to the bowl.
We go out for breakfast every Saturday morning, and occasionally I will order oatmeal. It always comes with a dab of butter on top, and a bowl of brown sugar and small pitcher of creamer on the side. When I eat Quaker Maple and Brown Sugar, there is no need for anything extra. I certainly don’t need any butter! This oatmeal is rich tasting just as it is.
Whole grain rolled oats (with oat bran), sugar, natural and artificial flavors, salt, calcium carbonate, guar gum, caramel color, niacinamide, vitamin A palmitate, reduced iron, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, thiamin mononitrate, folic acid.
Calories from fat: 20
Total fat: 2g
Saturated fat: 0g
Trans fat: 0g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.5g
Monounsaturated fat: 1g
Soluble fiber: 1g
US Daily Value of Vitamins:
Vitamin A: 20%
Vitamin B6: 20%
Folic acid: 20%
When I am in a hurry and don’t have time to fix oatmeal from scratch, Quaker makes a quick and satisfying breakfast. It contains whole grains, and is a good source of calcium, iron and 7 other essential vitamins and minerals.
The product meets the American Heart Association food criteria for saturated fat and cholesterol. Each packet contains 1 serving of whole grains, and it’s low in saturated fat and has zero cholesterol. I like that the fat this does contain is not a trans fat, the worst offender of all the fats.
Oats are thought to reduce cholesterol and thus reduce the risk of heart disease. In fact, the back of my box states that oatmeal helps remove cholesterol. Quaker claims that the past 40 years of research has shown that eating oatmeal can reduce total cholesterol. It reduces the bad cholesterol (LDL).
It is also a good source of fiber, which is important for maintaining a healthy weight and digestive tract. Quaker claims that when this oatmeal is eaten as part of a healthy diet, it can help manage your weight.
I have also purchased the Quaker Weight Control, since it has a whopping 7 grams of protein, and even more fiber (6 grams as opposed to 3 grams in the Maple & Brown Sugar). Instead of being full of sugar (Maple & Brown Sugar is high with 13 grams of sugar), the Weight Control only has 1 gram of sugar. However, I just don’t care for the taste of the Weight Control. I tried giving it to my daycare children for breakfast a few times, but they taste the difference and never want to finish their bowl.
Quaker Maple and Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal is a great tasting product that both my family and my daycare chidren enjoy.