One of my favorite breakfast cereals, especially on a cold winter morning, is hot oatmeal. Because I am always in a hurry, I have been buying instant oatmeals for years, usually the Quaker brand. However, last week I spied a new product sitting on my grocers shelf, an instant oatmeal that is made specifically for weight control, called Active Lifestyle Weight Control.
This box looks very similar in size to the other brands who sell instant oatmeal packets. It contains 8 individual paper packets, and comes in three flavors: Maple Brown Sugar & Pecans, Almond & Cranberry, and Raisin Apple & Walnuts. I purchased all of the varieties except the Almond Cranberry, because my store did not have that flavor in stock. I have only actually tried the Raisin Apple & Walnut.
Active Lifestyle is a product that is only available at Fred Meyer and Kroger stores. The back of the box reads Active Lifestyle, found only at this store, helps you nurture the relationship between diet and health by providing foods that are not only great tasting, but scientifically proven to be better for you.
The picture on the front of the box shows a bowl of oatmeal, brimming with raisin, large chunks of walnuts and good sized pieces of apples.
This oatmeal can be prepared in two ways. You can pour 1/2 cup of boiling water over it and let it stand for 2 minutes before eating, or you can add a bit more water, 2/3 of a cup, and nuke it in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes. The microwave directions also say that you can substitute milk for the water if you desire.
One pouch of this oatmeal contains 170 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, zero cholesterol, 220 mg of sodium, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 7 grams of fiber, 5 grams of sugar, and 8 grams of protein.
It provides you with 20% vitamin A, iron, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, and folate. There is 10% calcium and phosphorus, 6% magnesium, and 2% copper.
I actually bought this because it reminded my of Quaker’s Simple Harvest All Natural Oatmeal, but I thought the Active Lifestyle might be a better fit for my diet. The oatmeal got nice and thick in the microwave, and smelled pretty yummy. However, after taking a few bites, boy was I hugely disappointed! In my bowl I had ONE raisin, and three pieces of walnuts … not quite like the picture that shows ten raisins and 7 walnuts. There were a generous amount of apples, but they were soft and mushy. The oatmeal also had a very gummy taste, and was not at all pleasing to the palate. I found this oatmeal very unsatisfying, and ended up not even eating half of my bowl. The other unopened package is going back to the store!
It’s great that the Active Lifestyle has three more grams of fiber than my Quaker Simple Harvest oatmeal, as well as twice the protein, but if this isn’t a good tasting product, there really isn’t much point in purchasing it, in my opinion. Maybe the small amounts of raisins and walnuts in my packet was just a fluke, and maybe you’ll like this product more than I did, but I won’t be buying this brand of oatmeal again.