I stopped by Jamba Juice the other day and got another cup of their yummy organic slow cooked oats. Funny that I gravitate towards my oats even when I am out and about. Guess what I found out? I saw the girl in the kitchen throwing away an empty oat container and the brand they use is Country Choice Organic Steel cut oats. I don’t know if that is true for all Jamba Juice, but it was true for my particular store. I recently got a chance to try out 3 varieties of oatmeal from Country Choice Organics:
Steel Cut: Steel cut oat are my go-to oats of choice when I am not in a hurry. I like the texture of slow-cooked steel cut oats. Chewy and creamy and keeps me up and running for ages. So far, steel cut oats are my FAVORITE kind of oats. I’ve made many bowls of delicious bowl of oats with this canister.
Old Fashion: The oats are quick and easy to whip up. When I am pressed for time, these are my go-to oats. Ready in a matter of minutes and fills me up just as well as steel cut oats. Works really well when making Fitnessista’s amazing breakfast cookies. Delish!
Multigrain: Interesting combination. I should branch out more and include more mixes into my morning oats. The shape and texture is similar to the old fashion oats, maybe a little chewier.
I like the organic aspect of Country Choice oatmeal. I eat oats a lot so why not invest a little more for organic. Oats are not that expensive to begin with.
Retails: $2.39 to $2.99 at Trader Joe’s
My Cost: Free
Calories: 150 per serving
Healthy eating is a habit that takes time to develop so start them young. I myself was never self conscious of my eating habits until after college. I wished my parents could have guided me into health and fitness when I was younger. The Fit Kids line of organic products is design to make kids enjoy eating healthier without compromising taste. I got the pleasure of trying out the variety pack of instant oatmeal which has both the chocolate chip flavor and the cinnamon toast flavor. When I had these for breakfast, I felt like a kid all over again.
Chocolate Chip: Definitely on the sweet side since they are aimed towards kids. Very easy and convenient to prepare for the little ones. One packet makes about 1 cup of of cooked oats. When I poured in the oats, I could see those cute miniature chocolate chips all in the mix. There were only a few, but they definitely did the trick to create a chocolaty bowl of oats. I think kids would like it. These are especially great when you child is sick and can only eat mushy stuff. As an adult, I prefer my trusty stove top oats with my fruit and peanut butter add ins. (But these are great when time is tight.) One packets is 150 calories, 3 WW, 2.5 grams of fat (1 gram saturated), no cholesterol, 100 milligram of sodium, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 13 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.
Cinnamon Toast is another interesting flavor fit for your kids. Again, on the sweet side so kids would have no problem eating this. The cinnamon flavor is slight, but overall the flavor is good. The calories in the cinnamon toast is slightly lower than the chocolate chip. One packet is 130 calories, 2 WW, 1.5 grams of fat, no cholesterol, 100 milligram of sodium, 26 grams of carbohydrates, 3 gram of fiber, 11 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.
Retails: $4.29 online at Country Choice
My Cost: Free
Calories: 130 to 150 each packet
These are truely “Oatmeal-on-the-run.” When I am in a pinch for time, but still craving some morning oats, these oatmeal bars really does the trick. Very dense and similar to a clif bar, but these are packed with oats. How can you go wrong with apple cinnamon flavor? I think apples and cinnamon are meant to be eaten together by mother nature. Perfect combination in everyway. The densness of the bar kept me fueled with no problem. The bar itself is very moist and chewy. Taste really great when you nuke it for 30 seconds in the microwave. When I’m in a hurry in the morning, I grab one of these along with a banana and I’m good to go. Each oatmeal square is 220 calories, 4 WW, 3 grams of fat (0.5 gram saturated and no trans fat), zero cholesterol, 180 milligram of sodium, 40 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of dietary fiber, 16 grams of sugar, and 5 grams of protein.
Retails: $3.99 per box online @ Country Choice
My Cost: Free
Calories: 220 per bar
After my gym workouts, I usually find myself stopping by Fresh & Easy just to pick up something quick and easy to whip up at home. Sometimes I just stop by just to browse to see what’s new. On my latest browsing trip, F&E had their whole line of hummus on sale for $1.50 each. They had many interesting flavors, but since they do not have preservatives of any kind, the life of these are not long (approx. 1 week). I picked up the most enticing flavor, Lemon Cilantro. I remember me loving the Jalapeno Cilantro flavor hummus from Trader Joe’s, so I thought I should give another cilantro flavor hummus a try. The lemon flavor was just a hint, and the cilantro flavor was not as strong as the TJ one, but the consistency of the lemon cilantro hummus was really creamy which I liked. One serving is 80 calories, 2 WW, 6 grams of fat (0.5 g saturated), no cholesterol, 150 milligram of sodium, 5 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 0.5 gram of sugar, and 1 gram of protein. This hummus is 10 calories higher than the TJ hummus. I think that is because the F&E hummus is much more thicker and creamier so I’m not complaining. This hummus was especially good with crunchy carrot sticks. Delish!
Retail: $2.69 at F&E for 8 oz tub
My Cost: $1.50 on sale
Calories: 80 calories per 2 tbsp