I love oatmeal, but after I discovered the difference between slow cooked oats and instant, I never ate instant again. Then when steel cut became the fad of the day, I tried it, but preferred my whole oats. But I don’t always have time to make real oatmeal and I’ve not mastered the crockpot version without mess. I’m not a fan of the cold, overnight version of oats that’s popular now on Pinterest, so what’s a slow cooked oatmeal love supposed to do? Thankfully, Weight Watchers has created three Smart Ones® Oatmeal Smart Beginnings real fruit and granola steel cut oatmeal products. Each package contains two pre-cooked, ready to heat-and-eat, servings that I’ve enjoyed at breakfast, lunch and dinner. At only 180 calories, it’s also a fabulous snack. The three varieties are: Apples & Cinnamon Oatmeal, Peaches & Cream Oatmeal, and Maple & Brown Sugar Oatmeal
This is one I thought I wouldn’t enjoy. I’m not a fan of peach flavored products. But since this one includes real bits of fresh peaches, it’s delicious! The oats are sweetened to perfection – not too much and not too tart. There is a tiny crunch compliments of the rolled oats – it’s a nice added texture to the creamy oatmeal. Nutrition Facts: 170 Cal, 2.5g Fat, 4g Fiber and 5g Protein.
I grew up eating packets of instant Maple and Brown Sugar oatmeal. This is so far removed from that mush I ate back then. This frozen breakfast is made up of maple flavored steel cut and rolled oats topped with raisins, cranberries and granola. The dried fruit in these add a wonderful sweetness and the granola a cruch. It’s a delightful medley of textures and tastes Making the Smart Ones is easy. Just microwave and enjoy. Since I’m not a fan of heating food in plastic containers in the microwave, I run my oatmeal pucks (still sealed) under hot water to release them from the plastic mold. Then I pop them into a microwave safe bowl and push “Sensor Reheat.” Viola! My breakfast is done in about 2 minutes. I just add a splash of organic soy milk and I’m set!