I normally always have cold cereal with fruit and almond milk for breakfast, but in the mood for something new, I wanted oatmeal. I didn’t want old fashioned oatmeal as I wanted to go to the gym after breakfast and I find old fashioned is much more satisfying than instant, and I kind of wanted some quick energy.
So, I decided to try the new Quaker Hearty Medleys Apple Cranberry Almond Instant Oatmeal. I believe I got a free sample that came with my daily newspaper, so I thought why not?
I decided to do the microwave method, which required putting the oatmeal in a bowl with 1/3 of a cup water or milk and microwaving for 30-60 seconds, give or take. I remember thinking only 1/3 of a cup? it seemed kind of low, but I followed the instructions.
After cooking, I noticed I probably could have added more water, as it was a little pasty in consistency. As for the fruit and nuts, the package claimed it was “loaded with real fruits & nuts”, so I was a bit skeptical, but quite pleased. While there weren’t a ton of apples and cranberries (in fact, I really didn’t find that many apples, but the cranberries were delicious!), but there were a good amount of sliced almonds. They had a weird texture, not crunchy, but not soft, sort of an inbetween, like a chewy texture. Nonetheless, they were still good. It was different than any oatmeal I ever had. There also was a nice touch of cinnamon that provided good flavor.
Overall, 3 1/2. It was pretty yummy, but the portion was kind of tiny, and the texture was a bit pasty. Perhaps if I ever buy this I’ll add more water, or use the stovetop( boiling the water )method instead. But, what I did like, was that I had this oatmeal with some fruit, and it was rather satisfying and provided me with the energy I needed!
1 pouch (36 grams) is 130 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 11 grams of sugar and 3 grams of protein.