Monday, October 27, 2008

Habit-A-Week Challenge, Week 4: Increase Your Fiber

Want to win a cool prize to help you with this week's challenge?? Read on!

It's Week 4 of the Habit-A-Week Challenge and this week we are going to work on eating more fiber! If you were successful in last week's challenge of increasing your veggie intake, you are already eating more fiber. This can help you lose weight because fiber is filling, and many foods that are rich in fiber are healthy foods. How much dietary fiber is in a cupcake? A piece of white bread? An Oreo? A candy bar? A Pepsi? A milkshake? A bowl of potato chips? Zero. Pretty much nothing, or just a trace. But when you start eating things like veggies, fruits, beans, and whole grains, you are getting healthy doses of fiber throughout the day. And fiber itself has NO calories!

There are many health benefits to increasing your fiber intake. A high fiber diet can relieve constipation, increase digestive tract health, and decreases the risk of certain cancers. It helps stabilize blood sugar levels, decreases the risk of diabetes, and decreases the risk of heart disease. It can help lower your cholesterol too. It helps you lose weight by filling you up with fewer calories. You can read lots more about the health benefits of fiber at the Mayo Clinic website, which also has a handy chart to let you know how much fiber you should eat per day, based on your age and sex. For example, a woman under age 50 should aim for 25 grams per day.

You can increase your fiber intake this week in a few easy ways. Try to eat a fruit and/or vegetable at each meal and snack. Choose whole grains: brown rice instead of white rice, whole wheat bread instead of white bread. Choose cereals with fiber (not cocoa puffs...) and add some beans to your meals. Nuts are high in fiber, too, but they are also calorie-dense, so watch your portions. When you eat a potato or an apple or a pear, eat the skin, as it contains lots of fiber. And of course, you can do something very pleasant: eat some oatmeal!

Speaking of oatmeal... I have some really cool news! Quaker Oats has invited me, along with 14 other health/fitness/diet bloggers, to come to their headquarters in Chicago for a "Living Proof Weekend" in November! According to Quaker, this weekend is an opportunity for us to learn more about Quaker, its business, and its commitment to heart health. Quaker has "Living Proof” that the soluble fiber from oatmeal can help lower cholesterol as part of a heart healthy diet in the form of real people across the country who have used it to help lower their own cholesterol levels. (Facts backed up by more than 25 years of clinical proof!) You can read more about the benefits of soluble fiber in the links above. I am SO excited to fly to Chicago and meet other very cool bloggers (*waves to MizFit*) and learn about Quaker. We will get to speak with a dietitian, a cardiologist, and a chef while we are there.

And now for the cool giveaway! To help you make fiber a Healthy Habit, Quaker has given me the opportunity to give away to FOUR lucky readers a month's supply of Quaker oat products. Your prize will include:

2 boxes of Quaker Oatmeal Squares cereal
2 boxes of Quaker Oatmeal to Go bars
2 boxes of Quaker Instant Oatmeal packets
2 tubes of Old Fashioned Quaker Oats

Lots of yummies! To enter to win a month's supply of Quaker products, leave me a comment about oatmeal. Answer any one of the following questions:

What do you LIKE about oatmeal?
How could Quaker improve their current products?
What NEW product do you wish Quaker would make?
What question would you like me to ask the dietitian?

I will announce the four winners on Friday! Good luck, and eat your fiber!


bbubblyb said...

I eat oatmeal 8 times a week. I make a batch of my oatmeal protein bars on Sundays (divids into 8 pieces) and I'm set with a healthy snack that tastes great anytime I want. I eat one everyday for breakfast and sometimes have 2 in a day.

What I like most about Quacker oats is that it's really filling and keeps me feeling full for hours (does that sounds like a commercial? lol).

Twix said...

Congrats on your invite! That's totally awesome! :D

And I have to add once you get started it is so easy to bump your fiber intake. I was simply amazed at the natural foods you can select from and the marketed foods that have high fiber in them. Oh and beans, they are loaded with fiber. Just this last week I was getting close to 40 grams a day in fiber. What they say about you're digestive health being improved is so true!

I would like for Quacker to cut back on salt and sugars in some of their products. That's the one thing that keeps me from eating some of it. Otherwise I heart oatmeal & Quacker oats! My favorite oatmeal bowl currently is slow cook oats, a little butter, and brown sugar, with a serving of prunes all mixed up. Yum!! :D

Good luck on your trip!

Tina said...

I love oatmeal because it's like a sweater you can wear on the inside. It's comfort food that's really good for you!

Crystal said...

I am an oatmeal lover as well. I eat either the new Quaker oatmeal bars or Quaker instant oatmeal every morning. You can spice it up (adding honey, blueberries) or get the premade (maple and brown sugar!). I love the fact that it's quick, whether you get instant or not, and easy and nutritious. And it fills me up more than regular cereal.

Amy Jo said...

I love oatmeal because it makes you instantly cozier, no matter what time of the year. Right now I am loving Quaker Oats with half of a banana and half a tablespoon of peanut butter whipped in while cooking it. I also love how easy the weight control packets are when I'm in a hurry; I can slip one in my purse, and pop it in the microwave on my morning break at the office!

Lin said...

Hi Lyn,
You may remember me from the aol boards, abeaverhauseen. Congrats on your upcoming trip to Chicago! There are many great restaurants to enjoy (or avoid!) while you're here. If you need suggestions, let me know!
I've been eating Quaker oatmeal every day as part of my weight watchers program. Especially when I'm doing Core, it is a core food and not limited! I use the plain and doctor it up myself. My latest version is to first chop an apple, add a little water in a bowl and microwave for 2 minutes. I then make my oatmeal, mix the 2 together, add cinnamon, nutmeg and Splenda to taste. Yummy! You can also add raisins and/or dried cranberries. Very comfoting in this cool fall weather.

MorenaTejana said...

"What question would you like me to ask the dietitian?"

I know that many say that fiber relieves constipation (even you wrote about this in your blog post), but for me it doesn't. I am ALWAYS constipated from my high-fiber diet even after drinking loads of water. The only way I can remove SOME of the waste is by taking laxatives, drinking laxative tea, or Metamucil. Why is that I am still constipated (since May 2008) after eating a diet full of oatmeal, beans, brown rice, fruits, veggies, flax seed, and water?

Wendy B said...

I love Quaker oats but happened to really look at the ingredients on the back of the box of oatmeal to go squares and was shocked to see high fructose corn syrup! Quaker needs to get rid of this very bad sweetener and replace it with something else. I know that the corn growers say it's just like sugar but HFCS has contributed to the obesity in this country. Climbing off my soapbox now. BTW, really like your blog, you keep me inspired to eat healthier.

happyfunpants said...

I love oatmeal - especially this time of year.

I actually eat the HIGH FIBER oatmeal (how's that for hitting the topic and the challenge items?) version and I think it tastes MUCH better than the low sugar and weight control version. Plus, I believe it's lower in points (which is what I follow).

I use it as a desert - when I'm still feeling hungry and I want a treat - it's a great way to cap off whatever meal I'm on. It's sweet, it's warm and it really hits the spot.

Julie said...

Ask about healthy recipes that involve oatmeal...besides cookies that is! I LOVE oatmeal and love it in any way, shape or form. Congrats on your trip! How exciting!

new*me said...

that is so cool that you get to meet the other bloggers!!!!!!!!!! COOL LYN :)

I mentioned on Mizfit's blog that I would like Quaker to do some high protein cereals.

I started being more aware of fiber a couple months ago so your challenge will help me along. I also take 3 tsp of Metamucil a day in addition to lots of veggies, some fruits, beans several times a week, and whole grains. My very high fiber breakfast I eat a lot is 1/2 cup oats cooked with 1/3 cup flax, and 2 tbs pb.......loaded with fiber........this is a great way to fill you up in the morning. I love it after my intense morning workout

Lori said...

I like oatmeal because it is so versatile.
You can use it as whole oats, or grind it up for flour, use it to make bars, cookies, or protein pancakes.

Vickie said...

What do you LIKE about oatmeal?

It is the foundation of my day. I eat old fashioned oatmeal for breakfast every day.

I bring 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil and then add a few raisins and boil them in the water to release their sugar.

Then I add 1/2 cup old fashioned oats and cook on low for 6 minutes.

I add 1/2 cup milk and eat.

I have been doing this for several years.

I also eat a protein (chicken and salsa usually) and 1/2 c lf cottage cheese and 1 cup fruit Every day.

Breakfast is my largest meal of the day.

I think it sounds very fun to go on your trip!!! have a wonderful time!!!

maureen said...

I like oatmeal because it is the ultimate comfort food. Whether it is in my breakfast bowl with brown sugar and cinnamon (and half and half, sorry) or baked in cookies, it just makes me feel happy and comfy.

Leslie said...

CONGRATS on being picked for the panel!

I eat oatmeal during the week 'cause it's easy to fix in the microwave at work. For add in's I add in raisins or chopped apples with a small container of yogurt instead of milk. YUMMY!

Have fun on your outing!


P.S. Also? CONGRATS for keeping it real all the time. We all have our ups and downs and as much as we hate to admit it, it's hard to write that for the blogosphere to read. Well done!

spunkysuzi said...

I love my oatmeal! And i love all different variations of it :)
chocolate/banana/peanut butter
carrot cake oatmeal which was awesome and i need to make again soon!!

ruckus said...

i'm still getting into the routine of eating oatmeal for breakfast myself. I like it, but i don't CRAVE it like i do chocolate or bacon, egg and cheese =X i guess thats my problem haha....

a new idea for quaker: to sell their oatmeal with mix in packets..
ie: some nuts for protein, a packet of peanut butter, packet of chocolate chips, kinda like how salads comes with croutons and fixings..
this way they're portion controlled and i don't end up dumping in a whole cup of chocolate chips and peanut butter..

Cassie H. said...

I love everything about oatmeal! The creamy texture, the way it fills up my tummy and keeps it full and warm for hours. Everytime I eat it, which is often, I am comforted. Plus it is so diverse! This morning I put broccoli and cheese in my oats. It made my whole morning!!

nasus said...

I eat oatmeal for pretty much every breakfast (unless I run out of milk and take a couple days to get to the store!). I love it because it is SO delicious with either pears, strawberries, or blueberries to me. Definitely my favorite breakfast to make for myself, and I feel warm, full, and like I started my day off right.

Ask the dietician about sugar addiction. Or ask him what is the number one misconception about nutrition he/she hears from people.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Lyn, for sharing the love! I would suggest to Quaker Oats that they offer lower-sugar prepared products. If their Oatmeal to go bars and other similar hand-held items were lower in sugar, I would eat them EVERY DAY for breakfast, not just as an infrequent treat.
From Kofarq at 3FC

Dinah Soar said...

There are several things I love about oatmeal. It's inexpensive, quick and easy to cook in the microwave, it's healthy, and it tastes great!

lc said...

I sure wish they had some oat snacks that weren't so darn sugary!

But I love 'em anyway...sign me up! :)

Teaching Kids Yoga said...

Three Words:

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

'nuff said.

Lauren said...

What do you LIKE about oatmeal?
I live in Korea (don't worry, if I win, I have a US address.) I can't get many American products here unless I go to Costco which is kind of far away. Or my parents send me stuff. I am able to order Quaker oatmeal packets online from Costco and I get a box of 55 packets in all different flavors. They are so easy to just throw in my bag and take with me because most places here have a water filter that gives boiling water. I can eat them for breakfast, and 2 will fill me up for the morning with an egg white. Or, I can save it for the afternoon and have one for a snack that keeps me going through my workout. The flavors are all awesome, and even the plain is creamy and delicious. When I was young I hated plain oatmeal, but my more mature (28 year old )tastes have come to appreciate it. So, it's cheap, easy, filling, and tasty. Oh and low in calories too. and of course, high in fiber. sorry for the book, I was just excited about my oatmeal.

Dorothy said...

Answer one? I'll answer all 4!

What do you LIKE about oatmeal? - I LOVE oatmeal! I eat it as hot cereal, in cold cereal, as granola. I bake with it, I even use colloidal oatmeal bath products.

How could Quaker improve their current products? - I wish the instant and ready to eat stuff had less sugar.

What NEW product do you wish Quaker would make? - Not new, just not here. In Canada, Quaker makes oatmeal and bran muffin mixes. I wish I could buy them here.

What question would you like me to ask the dietitian? - How can we add more soluble fibre (and so less fat) to cooking, rather than just baking?

Deb said...

Wow, sounds like a great trip. Can't wait to hear all about it.

A product I would like to see them add is more flavors in their Weight Control line. Specifically, I'd love to see them start doing their Fruit and Cream flavors in the Weight Control line.

venusenvy said...

I don't eat regular oatmeal, I eat a multi grain hot cereal that has ground flax, wheat bran, soy flakes and a couple other things in it. Very hearty, with great texture. it takes just as long to nuke it as it does to cook it on the stove and I like it on the stove. I put in a pat of heart smart, package of stevia and top it pff with a big dollop of homemade no added sugar apple butter. Very yummy stuff. I too wish quaker would make a multigrain oatmeal with less sugars. I like their new line, one has cinnamon and apples, another has vanilla honey and almonds, but they are loaded with sugar. I'm reading the Omnivore's dilemma, scary stuff, and I would like you to ask the nutritionist if it's true that 75% of the food in a grocery store contains some form of corn, and how bad it is for us.

kilax said...

That's so cool that you get to go to Chicago! Have fun!

I love that oatmeal is quick, easy and tasty to make everyday! I keep a box of the Strawberries and Cream - my favorite flavor - at work, and have a pack each morning. I look forward to it everyday! I also pack the oatmeal squares cereal as a snack. I pack half a serving and eat it in the afternoon. I love it so much, my husband has started calling me "Oat Bite" as a personal joke!

Katie said...

With the newly-arrived cold weather, I've started eating oatmeal in the mornings, and I can't believe how long I feel full afterward. It's fruit and cream flavored, which I'm sure has quite a bit of sugar, but less than a lot of cereals I used to eat.

Ramsey said...

How about a high fiber foods, like a Miracle Muffin
They have 7 grams of fiber per muffin with only 87 calories and 3 grams of fat!

john - from fat to fit said...

I like their outmeal squares (having one for breakfast this morning) but I wish they offered more flavors.

Anonymous said...

I would like you to ask the Quaker Oats people if their product is organic. I love Quaker Oats, and I am trying to eat an organic diet. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I want to like oatmeal (like I want to like running!). I struggle with the texture though so I prefer to eat it in bars or cookies.

Patience said...

We go through mega amounts of oats around here --it's definitely a household staple. I rarely purchase commercial cold cereal for example -- preferring instead to make doubled or tripled (even quadrupled) batches of homemade granola, on a regular basis. And I rely on oats for any number of other favorite scratch recipes I whip up regularly -- cookies, bars, breads and treats. Plus a savory dinner Oat Muffin that is out of this world with hearty, homemade soup, Mmm....

Oats -- gotta love 'em!

Pandora said...

What is steelcut oatmeal? Why is it better (or is it?)

PaulaM said...

Husband and I eat oatmeal at least five out of seven days a week. Love it, and it keeps you feeling full. I wish Quaker would get rid of all the sugared varieties of instant though. I wish they could figure out a way to make the thicker cut stuff cook faster. And I really really wish they could come up with an oatmeal cookie that has no sugar and no calories LOL

Sheri said...

Oatmeal is great. When I was a kid mom insisted it was the staple in our life that kept us from getting sick like our friends. Unfortunately, instant often means artificial with too much sugar and milled so much that a lot of the nutritional value is gone.
In our house we use whole oats only, and that can be made just as instant. A few tablespoons with a about 1/2 cup of water in the microwave for 2.5 minutes and its good to go. Just throw in what ever you want, brown sugar, milk, fruit, cinamon, rasins...

Someone commented on constipation with high fibre. I learned a long time ago that if you don't drink enough water with the fibre you injest, then constipation is the result. It thickens in the system, and water helps keep things moving.

Karyn said...

Congratulations, Lyn!! That is so exciting!

I hope you have a wonderful time and come away with more information and inspiration than you even expect!!!

I love oatmeal, as well, although I've gotten out of the habit of eating it every day. Guess that is something I will be working on this week.

Juice said...

I love oatmeal. In addition to eating it often in the morning, I use oatmeal in meatloaf and I substitute half the flour in chocolate chip cookies with quaker quick oats. It makes my chocolate chip cookies chewy and they stay softer longer.

Amber said...

When I was a kid our family breakfasts consisted of generic cornflakes and rice crispies (like, totally generic, big yellow box with one word "CORNFLAKES" across it). Oatmeal was a food that we ate when it went on sale. My sister and I loved oatmeal weekends, it always felt like a special occasion - it was hot and tasty! I was shocked when I heard other kids didn't like oatmeal because I liked it so much! It never occurred to me that it might be healthy. We always kept it pretty simple: sugar, butter, milk and we were happy campers.

Now, I have a new appreciation of my old favorite. Now I'm aware of all the health benefits, I can afford to buy it (but I still love a good sale!), and I can be creative with it and make plain old oatmeal into whatever I'm in the mood for. Maybe I want banana nut oatmeal, then I'll mix in a mashed banana and walnuts. Sometimes I want apple cinnamon, so I mix in applesauce, diced apples, cinnamon and brown sugar. Sometimes I want coconut almond, cranberry, honey nut, pumpkin pie, chocolate chip, PB&J. Sometimes I just want it plain. I can make it healthy and only add fruit and nuts (fruit and nuts are oatmeal's best friends), or I can add a ton of brown sugar if I feel like it. If I'm feeling really indulgent, I'll add sugar, eggs, flower, baking soda and chocolate chips and just make cookies! I think the best thing about oatmeal is its versatility.

I even add it to other dishes like meatloaf, a technique I learned from my grandmother. You can substitute oatmeal for meat dishes that call for bread crumbs and it hardly changes the taste or texture.

Sometimes when I have guests over for breakfast I like to make a big pot of oatmeal and then set out a variety of mix-ins so that everyone can make it to their liking. You can learn a lot about a person by what they put in their oatmeal!

Now I'm hungry for a warm bowl of oatmeal! It's warm, healthy, filling and delicious. It's the ultimate comfort food and every time I eat oatmeal, it still feels like a special occasion.

Amber said...

Oh my god, that was totally long! Sorry Lyn, I just got so excited!

Lynne said...

What do you LIKE about oatmeal?
PURE Comfort food!!
How could Quaker improve their current products?
Sometimes the instant flavors are a little too sweet.
What NEW product do you wish Quaker would make?
I love the mini-bites (like tiny apple tarts). I wish they would make a low-fat version.
A question for the dietician? What does she feel is the best way to keep going - since motivation is never reliable...? What is the most effective "diet" (i.e. low-fat, high protien, low-carb...)?

VERY COOL NEWS BTW! You must be so excited!!!!!!

jae said...

I love oatmeal because it stays with me all morning. I love how quick it is to make and I can make a quick bowl for my son before school and know he's getting great nutrition. Yes, more commercial info :) ~j said...

I eat oatmeal every morning for breakfast. It is so easy for me to take into the office and prepare quickly. What I love most about Quacker oatmeal is that it warms me from the inside out and keeps me full until lunch! I can't say that about any other breakfast choice!

Ceres said...

Thanks for the new challenge, I'll eat my fruit! I did ok with veggies last week, though not as much every day as I would have liked to. I usually have a plum tomato in my lunch sandwich, and most nights I have salad with dinner. I'm still doing fine with exercise, although getting the water in is still a challenge; I do drink whenever I'm thirsty, but it doesn't make 8 glasses a day, I don't think...

Heather T said...

What do you LIKE about oatmeal? It's warm and a comfort food!

How could Quaker improve their current products? Make them 'gout' compatable :) My hubby has gout and even though he loves Oatmeal, he's not suppoesd to eat it!

This will be a good challenge, as my Dr wants me to increase fiber without a 'pill' as well so need to increase the fiber! I did have 'whole wheat' spaghetti last week and hubby seriously couldn't really tell the difference!

KG said...

I love oatmeal because it's filling and you can mix it up with lots of different stuff (like blueberries, flax seeds, honey, PB....)

Anonymous said...

WOW! Congratulations on being picked for the trip. How come I never hear of these things until after everyone has been chosen? Anyway, I never ate breakfast until November 29th of last year. That was the day after I was told my cholesterol was high. So the next morning I started eating oats every morning. I didn't miss a day. And when I went back for my 3 mo. check up, the dr. couldn't believe how low my number had gone. It went from 300 on 11/28/07 to 216 on 03/14/08. I haven't had it checked again since then but my next appt. is next month. I can't wait to see how low it is now.

The one thing I would like Quaker
to do is to make the steel cut oats more available. Other than that, I have no complaints. I love me some oats. (they make really good No Bake Cookies too!!)

Lyn said...

Vicki ~

It's okay, I never heard of it either until they emailed me and said I was invited!! I was totally surprised... but thrilled :)

Keep us updated on your cholesterol, too, ok? I am interested in knowing how that turns out!

Manda said...

I have been following your challenge and seeing great results. I get lots of motivation from you. Honestly, I didn't know that Oatmeal was so high in fiber or as good for you. I will be looking up recipes and ideas for Quaker Oats as soon as I send this to you. Thanks for teaching me something new today.

I like Quaker Oatmeal for lots of reasons. The biggest thing that comes to my mind is that they take me back to my childhood. My mom used to always make a big bowl of Oatmeal in the mornings for us to share. We would start the day off with a warm bowl of oatmeal and each other. I want my kids to learn healthy eating habits and have fond memories of our morning ritual centered around each other and a bowl of oatmeal. I think Quaker Oatmeal can make that happen.

Anonymous said...

What do you LIKE about oatmeal?----What's not to like? It's warm, creamy, soothing, tasty, versatile, convenient, etc etc!

How could Quaker improve their current products?---Maybe lessening the sugar content

What NEW product do you wish Quaker would make?--expand the flavors in the Weight Control line

What question would you like me to ask the dietitian?--Are there too many carbs in a serving of oatmal?

Jen415 (3FC)

Pearl said...

Oatmeal is yummy, filling and versatile! I'd love it if Quaker offered organic oats!

belsiegirl said...

I love how quickly I can make a bowl of oatmeal in the morning. Good with so many add-ins, and filling. Also, I like to replace bread crumbs with oatmeal in meatballs and meatloaf.

PrincessDieter said...

What do I like about Oatmeal? Let me count the ways:

1. Easy to make.
2. Can be made with milk or water, and is fine both ways.
3. Reminds me of chilly mornings when mom made me oatmeal--it's comfort food!
4. It's great with fruit and spices.
5. Leftover oatmeal makes a quick and easy cobbler.
6. You can make "oatmeal cookies" with oatmeal, and I love oatmeal cookies.
7. You can make fake oatmeal "cookies" with protein powder in a pinch.
8. It's very filling. And I have a monster appetite that is not easily quelled.
9. It tastes good, really, so maybe that should be number one.
10. It comes in INSTANT, for when I get lazy, which is kinda often.
11. You can make a huge batch and eat it for days and days....which is good, yet again, for the lazy thing.
12. It lowers cholesterol, and I need all the help I can geet in that department.
13. It's got fiber, and fiber is good for my colon health.
14. It smells good. I love the smell of oats and oatmeal. I stick my head in those tubes of Quaker Oats and breathe it in. I linger over the pot while it cooks. I love opening the slow cooker lid and smelling it. LOVE THAT SMELL!
15. Okay, this isn't about oatmeal per se, but it's worth mentioning: It makes great cleansing and moisturizing products for sensitive skin. products (ie Aveeno)
16. Oats (before cooking) makes a good exfoliant for sensitive skin.

Karin said...

I like oatmeal cuz it's nutritious and comes in lots of flavors.

My grandma lived to be 95 and ate it just about every morning!

txdona said...

Today is my first time reading your blog! I got it off of Roni's Weigh and I cant believe how much I can relate to what I've read so far. I'll for sure be a return reader! :) As for your contest, I think I'll answer "what I like about Oatmeal"! My mom used to make it for us when I was a kid with butter and brown sugar. YUM . I use it in my favorite cookies and I also love it for breakfast. I mostly use the insant packets but today I ready some of your ideas of using it for dinner and adding flavors to it and I'm fixing to go and make a bowl right now and call it "dinner"! :) Thanks for the suggestion and I look forward to reading more of your blog. It's really inspiring to know my struggles are so similar to yours and I'm sure many others. Thanks again.

Olivia said...

I lurve me some oatmeal....especially Quaker! I would love it if Quaker would offer some sort of powder that you could add to breakfast shakes to give them a little more umph. I would love te be entered into the contest. :D


TB--Milwaukee said...

I love oatmeal. It's an awesome breakfast that sticks to the ribs a lot better than regular old cold cereal.

Anonymous said...

Hey I loved your idea of eating oatmeal instead of a cookie. I got a recipe for oatmeal cups (baked like muffins) from roni, and then adjusted it a little (the recipe's on my blog. But I love this idea, you could make these 'muffins with the different flavors like you suggested.

Lisa said...

I love that oatmeal is so portable. An easy thing to take to the office and fix for breakfast when in a hurry, or an easy way to make a warm meal when camping.

I ate tons of oatmeal when I was breastfeeding my son, because it is a natural and healthy way to increase milk production!

Misty said...

Please enter me into the contest!

Oatmeal has a 'childhood memory' feel associated with it for me. My grandmother would make it on the stove with milk and sugar and butter. Oh it was such a treat! Occasionally I'll still eat it that way now, but really those calories add up quickly.

Just_Kelly said...

Just discovered your blog and love it! You are an inspiration.

What NEW product do you wish Quaker would make?

Could (do?) they make steel cut oatmeal that cooks quicker? Or maybe oatmeal crockpot kits, where you would have steel cut oatmeal, add ins, etc and directions for how to crock pot overnight.

MelissaS said...

I love Quaker oatmeal, especially the Steel Cut Oats! I cook up a batch once or twice a week and my son (5 years old) and I eat it with fruit in the mornings. I do love their packaged squares and snacks, too, but they have SO much sugar and HFCS in them, I look at them more like candy. There's gotta be a way to make snack bars LESS like candy bars in disguise!
Just found your blog and love it. Thanks for the honesty!

Anonymous said...

Just found your site. LOVING IT!!
Thanks for your honesty....we all have to learn to be more open about this weight stuff. Funny we can talk about all other health issues, except for this one, we all sit quietly, hoping by some miracle people won't notice us lugging around all the extra weight.
My family loves oatmeal!! Eaten as a hot cereal, baked in cookies, homemade granola bars, we love it all. And the kids love how it keeps them full longer than sugary dry cereal when they eat it before school.

Panda Q said...

Oatmeal is awesome! It's round(ish) and brown(ish) and grains. And those are three of my favorite things! :~)

I do wish Quaker had more "natural" varieties. Things that are preservative and artificial ingredient-free. I would love to pick up a packet of oatmeal and have the ingredients say: whole oats, evaporated cane juice (or whatever), salt, milk. Or whatever is in oatmeal.

MsMagnetism said...

Lyn, once again I want to say congrats on your invite to Quaker. You deserve this wonderful all expenses paid trip and I'm excited to hear about any news and information you may bring back with you.

Quaker has some wonderful products out these days, different things to fit anyones taste and lifestyle. My personal favorite is the Simple Harvest instant oatmeal, I love all 3 flavors.

The thing I love most about oatmeal is that it is the greatest breakfast on a cold fall/winter day. It warms you up in the morning and fills you up as well. I love the fact that oatmeal can taste so different depending on what you add or what flavor you buy so that it doesn't get boring like some other foods do.

My picky toddler loves the express cups and the on the go bars, which is great because it used to be so hard to get him to eat breakfast and now it's so simple. Oatmeal is good and good for you and you just can't go wrong with it.


Tennessee Walker said...

The reason I love Quaker oats so much is that it feels like I'm eating a wonderful dessert and I have a hollow sweet tooth! Just knowing that it is soooooo good for me makes it legal and that's great! I eat it every morning and never get tired of it :-)

Anonymous said...

What do you LIKE about oatmeal? I LOVE how oatmeal fills me up without making me too full, how warm it is in the morning, and how many ways I can doctor it up! I can put fruit, nuts, chocolate, whatever I want in it!

How could Quaker improve their current products? I think they should try to find ways to get rid of the HFCS and artificial sweeteners in their products.

What NEW product do you wish Quaker would make? Hmmm....I love the old fashioned oats the best, so I don't know.

What question would you like me to ask the dietitian?

What is his/her idea of the best breakfast to have on a regular basis?

I hope I win!!! I LOVE much that my husband thinks I have a problem :)