Your Oatmeal Questions Answered
Steel Cut, Old Fashioned Flakes, Instant? What is the best oatmeal choice when I am making oatmeal at home? And what about instant flavored "packets" of oatmeal? Are they nutritionally bankrupt? And last, how about the oatmeal offered at fast food joints? Thumbs up or down?
We look at the variety of oatmeal available at stores, share our oatmeal recipe, and delve into what is offered "on the road."
Oats at the Grocery Store (Home Base)
Forget every other energy/protein bar review you’ve read. This is different. We dig into the nutrition data to SHOW you how the bars stack up. Taste is subjective. Numbers aren’t. And nothing beats a side-by-side comparison.
Our analysis will help determine if you’re getting the “most” out of your bar. You decide what “most” means. Is it taste? Protein? Natural ingredients? Low Sugar? All of these? This post will make you think twice about your favorite chocolate covered bar.
Our ideal bar:
We try to show discipline. We avoid going. We wish we could stop. But alas, we can't resist what others just don't have.
Whole Foods Market is smart. Its 365 Brand's reasonable pricing lures cost conscious shoppers into the store. And once they are "in", they buy MORE, whole-paycheck style. We do. It's how our small basket adds up to 3 figures in a shopping nano second.
Have you seen this jar before?
He's well known in quick cooking circles for his garlicky flavor and flexible demeanor. He's also a rather simple fellow made up of diced tomatoes, canola oil, fresh garlic, onions, distilled vinegar, salt, basil, and spices. He's not too salty (180mg, 8% DV in 2 T), and he's quite agile, likely because at 275 calories for all 12 oz, he's a light on his base.
Track him down. You won't be sorry.
Especially for parents, having sensible snacks available is a no-brainer. And if those snacks can provide some legit nutrition, well that’s a big bonus. At our house, cereal reigns supreme--favored over all other crunchy alternatives such as goldfish, whole wheat crackers, chips, anything!
But recently, I’ve investigated popcorn. And while all popcorn is NOT created equal, there are some really good options out there. “Good” meaning, low in saturated fat & sodium but high in fiber and protein. Wow! Some varieties of popcorn are true health foods.
Wow! That was our reaction when we tried out the Caesar Parmigiano Yogurt salad dressing from Bolthouse Farms. We are salad connoisseurs and sampling dressings is a team hobby. But we refuse to stock our fridge with any calorie, salt or sugar bombs. The result is that many dressings under perform in our rigorous taste tests.
There's more than one way to skin a cat. Who came up with that? Mark Twain used the expression...Anyway, let's talk food, specifically a favorite pre and post-workout snack, the peanut butter & jelly sandwich. Just Google "peanut butter jelly sandwich athlete" and a slew of sites appear recommending the sandwich as a worthy source of calories, protein and carbs. (Our recommendation would be to substitute almond butter for the peanut butter. It's healthier.
We searched, tested and tweaked. This recipe is a winner! We've made it twice, and it's a crowd pleaser.
What's to like? Look at the ingredients -- you won't find a recipe with more zucchini. We doubled the amount called for in every other recipe we viewed. And we cut down on the oil. The extra green means a very moist bread. Last, rather than "shredding", we "pulverized" our squash via a small electric chopper. (We have a Black & Decker and it's only $22 on Amazon.)
Let's get something straight. If someone orders an entree salad, they are looking for something sensible to eat. The presumption is that the salad is not a calorie bomb. And they don't want to be left hungry. It's called an "entree" for a reason.
So why do so many restaurants offer such "weak" options? Weak being defined as a salad that is: