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Frozen Oatmeal

March 15, 2011

As I’ve mentioned before, I really like oatmeal, especially in the cold months. ¬†And it’s a breakfast that I recommend to clients all the time. It sticks to the ribs and is full of fiber, which means you won’t be hungry again for at least a few hours. Recently I was visiting family in Atlanta, and my sister-in-law had frozen oatmeal from Trader Joe’s. I had heard about it before, but never tried it, so when I got home I decided to give it a whirl.

trader joe's frozen oatmeal frozen oatmeal Trader Joe's

Overall, I really like the frozen oatmeal, although I do have a few critiques.

Pro:

  • Made with steel cut oats.
  • Lower in sugar than flavored instant oatmeals, even though made with brown sugar and maple syrup.
  • Quick and easy to make – heats up in the microwave in 3-4 minutes.
  • Delicious!

Cons:

  • Only comes in Brown Sugar & Maple Syrup flavor. Wish they made it plain.
  • Made with water. When I make oatmeal at home, I make it with one cup of nonfat milk – equivalent of a calcium serving.

Since the oatmeal already had brown sugar and maple syrup in it, I didn’t need to add any sweetening agent, and with only 6 grams of added sugar it wasn’t too sweet (most sweetened oatmeals have >12 g added sugar). I topped my oatmeal with pomegranate seeds:

trader joe's oatmeal

One pouch of the oatmeal (w/o fruit) contains 150 calories, 2.5 g total fat, 0 g saturated fat, 27 g carbohydrate, 4 g dietary fiber, 7 g sugar, 5 g protein, 0 mg cholesterol, 40 mg sodium.

What’s your favorite oatmeal?

Note: I was not paid to write this review. All opinions are my own.

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  1. I LOVE this oatmeal! It is so quick & easy to make in the morning, especially since I am always running around getting the kids off to school. I also really like that it is pre-portioned – it takes the guess work out of portion size.

  2. I’ve never tried the TJ’s frozen oatmeal because it has the sugar in it. I control my insulin resistant tendencies so I don’t eat anything with added sugar. But I do make my own oatmeal in larger batches and freeze the leftovers. The steel cut oats and the extra-thick cut rolled oats are great for this since they hold up their texture better in the freezer.

    I’m kinda funky and like my oats savory, with wilted spinach and a poached egg, dressed with olive oil and lemon juice on top. Or lean uncured Canadian bacon, fried shallots and collard greens stirred in. How about oven-roasted tomato, onion and pepper relish and a little feta crumbled in.

    I could go on and on!

    1. Georgia, that’s wonderful you make your own oatmeal and freeze it. And your savory varieties sound delicious! My husband makes it savory for dinner sometimes too – cheese, herbs, and oats do make a wonderful combination!