On 3 Things Thursday, I'm sure you all saw this picture:
Oatmeal, great, how exciting, right? But it is exciting! I like the concept of oatmeal. It's heart healthy, it keeps you full for a while, complex carbs, etc. etc. But oatmeal is boring! And the ones you buy in the store are full of sugars and unnecessary flavors. I can never finish a full bowl of it.
I e-mailed the nice people at myoatmeal.com, and the founder Anthony Collova agreed to send me out a sample. While I did get the sample from them, all opinions here are my own!
I really like the concept that Anthony has put together with this site. It's completely customizable oatmeal. There are many kinds of flavorings, fruits, nuts, seeds, etc. you can get mixed in to your oatmeal. You can even choose which type of oats you want! I think a lot of people think that oatmeal is boring, like I did, but myoatmeal.com honestly makes it fun and exciting.
First, I decided to try my cake batter blend for breakfast yesterday. It has 5 grain rolled oats with flax, golden raisins, brown cane sugar, and light chia seeds. Here you can see the packaging and nutritional information.
|No, my toaster does not have googly eyes and my boyfriend does not act like a 5 year old!|
For the microwave, in case you can't see it above, you "Nuke 2 parts water for 2 minutes on high. Nix in 1 part oats and allow to sit 5 minutes. Stir, cover & microwave for 1 minute. Stir, cover and microwave again for 30 seconds. Allow oats to cool before eating." Normally, I don't follow directions. Maybe that's why I don't normally like oatmeal...At any rate, I followed the directions to a t. (Does anyone understand that saying? I digress...)
|This is about halfway through.|
This oatmeal is absolutely amazing! I did make sure to shake the bag up before I added the oatmeal to the bowl. I've read that a lot of times the flavoring sinks to the bottom, but after a nice shake everything in the bag looked pretty uniform to me. The flavoring is subtle, but definitely there. It even smelled like cake batter, especially straight out of the microwave! I love the texture of the oats - they're not too mushy, even though I added a bit too much water, which is usually a biiiiiig problem with me and oatmeal. I'm a very texture-oriented person, so things have to be just right for me. There was a big of gelling with the water, I believe from the chia seeds being mixed in, but it wasn't that big of a deal. And the golden raisins were perfect with the cake batter flavor!
|Look how big they were too!|
Overall, the only thing I'd really request would be to have a bit more of the flavoring so it's more predominant, but overall I'm a very happy girl, and can't wait to try my other two mixes! Look for those reviews in the coming weeks =)
And so that everyone else can be heart healthy and have happy tummies too, myoatmeal.com has provided my with a coupon code for all of you! If you use healthy15, you can get 15% off of your order. Don't go in if you only have a minute to spare, though. You'll want plenty of time to explore all the yummy options!
What's your take on oatmeal?