If you’re following me on Twitter or Facebook you may have noticed just before Christmas a post about my Holiday VoxBox from Influenster. I was so excited to be selected, as a blogger, to review some of these items and I wanted to take some time to talk about each of them individually. Tonight, I want to talk about Real Medleys, a new Oatmeal from Quaker.
I should mention that these items were sent to me free of charge in exchange for my review.
Quaker Real Medleys Oatmeal – $1.79 per cup
“Simply the best oatmeal ever- and you can enjoy it on the go! Whole grain oats, rye, barley and wheat are mixed with large chunks of real fruit & nuts in a convenient single-serve cup. Just add hot water or microwave and you can have a delicious breakfast anytime, anywhere.”
I’ve seen this new product in the breakfast aisle at my local Super Target but hadn’t really given much thought to purchasing it. When I’ve had oatmeal at home, it’s always been the one that you pour out of a bag into a bowl of water and microwave. You know, the kind you pretty much have to eat at home? Since I’m at home during the day, that works for me but my husband is the worst about making sure he eats breakfast. He likes oatmeal but he never wants to take it into work because he has to bring a bowl with him (that I will likely never see again). I was excited to try this new product and so I made it for breakfast this morning.
According to the directions, there are two ways you can make this: either in the microwave or using hot water. I opted to follow their recommendation and used the hot water.
Place a cup of water into the microwave (or on the stove, if you prefer) and bring it to a boil. It took about four minutes for my water to boil in the microwave. Once it’s done, fill the water to the dark line in the cup (see the picture above) and let it sit for three minutes.
Stir and enjoy!
The first thing that I noticed about the oatmeal (before I had it) was the calorie count. There are 290 calories in that little sucker. The fact that they’re not all bad calories makes me feel better about eating it. You still have to be careful what else you have with it (read: no Starbucks or other high calorie fancy coffee).
The pistachios give it a really, really nice crunch. I would never have thought to add that nut into oatmeal but, now that I’ve had it, it’s something I plan to repeat. The cherries were nice and, overall, the flavors mixed really well together to form a great breakfast. If you’re the type of person who struggles with eating breakfast due to time restraints or who opts for a drive thru start to your day, this is something you should consider as a healthy alternative to your existing habits.
They have a variety of other flavors available other than the one I tried today. At just under $2 a pop, it’s probably something I’ll reserve for once in a while instead of every day.
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