To many people, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. An energizing, satisfying, and delicious breakfast sets the tone for any day and ensures that you are able to power through whatever tasks you have set out to get done before lunch time. Unfortunately, many of the convenience meals marketed for breakfast nowadays are simply masqueraded junk food that are overly processed, laden with sugar, and filled with preservatives.
A safe route, of course, is to cook your own breakfast or stick with something extremely simple like fruit to hold you over until lunchtime. However, if you don’t have a lot of time in the morning or want something more substantial than a banana, don’t fret, we have gathered 14 nourishing oatmeal products that you can feel good about eating. Not only are they not pumped up with sugar and honey, but they are infused with nutrient-rich ancient grains! In case you’re not familiar with ancient grains, they are grains that have not been subject to increased manipulation and hybridization the way modern grains like corn and wheat have. This makes them less likely to cause digestive problems or intolerance. Sounds like a nourishing way to start the day to us!
Better Oats Instant Multigrain Hot Cereal
Better Oats Instant Multigrain Hot Cereal is an oatmeal you can customize to your liking. This oatmeal doesn’t include any added sweeteners. It is made with seven simple (and organic) ingredients: whole grain rolled oats, barley, wheat, flaxseed, quinoa, rye, and evaporated sea salt. Each pouch of this oatmeal is 160 calories, has six grams of protein, three grams of fiber, one gram of sugar, 15 percent of your daily magnesium, and 10 percent of your daily iron. Reviewers are saying that this oatmeal is very hearty and chewy, is very easy to prepare (especially since you don’t have to measure anything out), and is plain tasting by nature but can easily be perked up with maple syrup, fruit, and other additions if you like it sweet. A few reviewers do point out that if you’re looking for an oatmeal you don’t have to doctor to become sweet, this may not be the one for you. To try it yourself, you can get a pack of six boxes (eight servings per box) for about $47.
Ancient Harvest Ancient Grains Hot Cereal: Banana and Brown Sugar
Ancient Harvest Ancient Grains Hot Cereal: Banana and Brown Sugar is a non-GMO, gluten-free, and kosher oatmeal made with an organic blend of gluten-free whole grain oats, flaked quinoa, millet, quinoa bran and germ, amaranth, cane sugar, banana flavor, sea salt, brown sugar, and citric acid. Each serving of this oatmeal is 180 calories, has five grams of protein, three grams of fiber, 12 grams of sugar, and eight percent of your daily iron. Reviewers are saying that this oatmeal is tasty, good quality, energizing. You can get one 10.5-ounce box for $12.
Bakery on Main Ancient Grain Oatmeal
Bakery on Main Ancient Grain Oatmeal is a non-GMO, dairy-free, wheat-free oatmeal. This particular posting is for a three flavor variety pack including “Strawberry Shortcake,” “Maple Multigrain Muffin” and “Apple Pie.” Each one is made with certified gluten free oats, evaporated cane juice, strawberry, dried apples, or maple flavoring, amaranth, quinoa, chia seeds, and sea salt. Each oatmeal pouch is 190-200 calories, has six grams of protein, five grams of fiber, 11-12 grams of sugar, and 25 percent of your daily iron. Reviewers are saying that this oatmeal is “yummy,” coarse (even after liquid is added), and filling. A few reviewers feel that the amount of sugar is too high. If you’d like to try it out for yourself, you can get one box with six pouches for about $5.50.
Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Hot Cereal
Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Hot Cereal: 6 Grain is a gluten-free and non-GMO cereal that cooks in just twenty minutes. It is made with organic gluten-free oats, organic hulled millet, organic buckwheat groats, organic flax seeds, organic kaniwa, organic quinoa, organic amaranth, organic hemp seeds, and organic chia seeds. Each serving provides seven grams of protein. Reviewers are saying that this mix is fresh-tasting, very nutritious, and is delicious on its own but can be stretched out to last even longer with the use of fruits. To try it out, you can get one 14-ounce bag for a little under $6.50.
Arrowhead Mills Instant Quinoa and Oat Hot Cereal
Arrowhead Mills Instant Quinoa and Oat Hot Cereal is a no-frills oatmeal made with just two ingredients: instant oat flakes and organic quinoa flakes. It is gluten-free and kosher. Each packet of this oatmeal is 100 calories, has four grams of protein, and three grams of fiber. Reviewers are saying that this oatmeal is simple tasting (but can easily be perked up), has a nice taste and texture, is energizing, and undeniably wholesome. You can get one box with eight packets for a little more than $3.50.
Dr. McDougall’s Chia Berry Superfood Hot Cereal
Dr. McDougall’s Chia Berry Superfood Hot Cereal is a unique oatmeal that has sweeteners included, but keeps them in a separate packet so you can taste test to get your preferred flavor. Specifically this oatmeal is made with organic thick cut whole grain oats, berries (raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries), organic chia seed which is considered an ancient grain, organic cinnamon, sea salt, and organic natural flavor. The sweetener packet includes cane sugar and brown sugar. Each serving of this oatmeal (without the sugar packet) is 190 calories and has six grams of protein, nine grams of fiber, three grams of sugar, and 10 percent of your daily iron. The sugar content of this oatmeal can go up to 20 grams depending on how much of the sugar packet is used. Reviewers are saying that this oatmeal is great tasting, very convenient, and is great since it can be adjusted to be an indulgence or a wholesome snack. To try it out, you can get a pack of six 2.5-ounce cups for about $14.
Nature’s Path Hot Oatmeal: Brown Sugar Maple
Nature’s Path Hot Oatmeal: Brown Sugar Maple is an organic and gluten-free oatmeal made with gluten-free rolled oats, brown sugar, evaporated cane juice, rolled amaranth, rolled quinoa, sorghum flour, and natural flavor. Each packet of this oatmeal is 160 calories, has four grams of protein, three grams of fiber, and eight grams of sugar. Reviewers are saying that this oatmeal is “most satisfying than oatmeal made with just oats,” is tasty but not too sweet, filling, and does not to be doctored much, if at all, to taste good. To see how you like it, you can get a pack of six 11.3-ounce boxes for about $24.
Earnest Eats Superfood Hot and Fit Oatmeal Variety Pack
Earnest Eats Superfood Hot and Fit Oatmeal Variety Pack includes four flavors of this no-sugar-added, non-GMO ancient grain oatmeal: American, Mayan, Asia, and Blueberry Chia. Each cereal begins with a bed of whole oats, quinoa, and amaranth. Then, depending on the flavor, it has fruits like cranberries, mangoes, and blueberries, as well as nuts and seeds like almonds, chia seeds, and flax. Each serving (1/2 cup) is 180 calories, has six grams of protein, five grams of fiber, and one gram of sugar. Reviewers are saying that this oatmeal is easy to prepare, very healthy, delicious and great since its naturally sweetened by fruit. You can get four 12.6-ounce bags for $26.
Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Kamut Hot Cereal
Ever wondered if there was an oatmeal out there that you could also enjoy with savory toppings? Well, there is! Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Kamut Hot Cereal is an extremely simple oatmeal made with just one ingredients: organic whole kamut khorasan grain. Each serving of this hot cereal (1/4 cup) is 120 calories, has five grams of protein, four grams of fiber, nine percent of your daily iron, and zero grams of sugar. Some reviewers have gone the typical oatmeal route with this cereal, adding dried fruit, maple syrup, and other sweeteners and have reported good results with these additions. Some other reviewers, however, have been adding savory toppings like salt, margarine, and spices. One reviewer even shared that they think of this oatmeal almost like a bowl of rice. Either way, the consensus seems to be that this is a good quality product and is very filling and energizing. To see if you feel the same, you can get one 24-ounce bag for about $9.
Sherpa Foods Toasted Coconut Barley Cereal
Sherpa Foods TSAMPA Toasted Coconut Barley Cereal is made with organic whole grain barley, organic toasted coconut, organic coconut sugar, and Himalayan pink salt. Each serving of this oatmeal (1/3 cup) is 160 calories, has four grams of protein, five grams of fiber, five grams of sugar, and 10 percent of your daily magnesium, phosphorus, and selenium. According to Sherpa Foods, this oatmeal is a ready-to-eat food and does not need to be cooked like other oatmeal products. Simply add hot or cold water or the milk of your choice in and start chowing down. Reviewers are saying that this cereal is extremely energizing (even hours after consumption), tastes great without being overly sweet, and even tastes good mixed with coffee instead of milk or water. Interesting concept! To put your own twist on this cereal, you can get one 10-ounce bag for $7.
Trader Joe’s Ancient Grain and Superseed Oatmeal
If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s nearby your house, it’s very likely that you have never gotten the chance to try Trader Joe’s Ancient Grain and Superseed Oatmeal. This gluten-free oatmeal is made with whole grain gluten-free rolled oats, whole grain quinoa, whole grain amaranth flakes, sliced almonds, sunflower seed, pumpkin seed, flax seed, shelled hemp seed, and chia seed. Each 1/3 cup serving is 160 calories, has six grams of protein, one gram of sugar, and six percent of your daily iron. Reviewers are saying that this oatmeal has a good range of ingredients, is filling and energizing, and only takes about five minutes to whip up. You can get a pack of two 12-ounce bags for about $19.50.
Farm to Table Foods Organic Ancient Grain Oatmeal
Farm to Table Foods Organic Ancient Grain Oatmeal is a sodium-free, non-GMO, and low-fat oatmeal made with the following organic ingredients: oats, kamut, rye, spelt, barley, and brown flax. It does not contain any added sugars or preservatives. Each 1/3 cup serving is 180 calories, has six grams of protein, six grams of fiber, and 10 percent of your daily iron. Reviewers are saying that this oatmeal has a “robust flavor,” has great texture, and is a “nice alternative to plain oatmeal.” A few reviewers even said that this is the “best ancient grain oatmeal” out there. To see if you feel the same, you can get a pack of three 16-ounce containers for $20.
Hodgson Mill Multigrain Hot Cereal With Quinoa and Flax
Hodgson Mill Multigrain With Quinoa and Flax Hot Cereal is a unique oatmeal product. According to Hodgson, the grains of this oatmeal are ground between two stones to ensure germ, bran, and natural oils are fully preserved. Not something you hear everyday! Specifically, this oatmeal is made with oat bran, uprocessed wheat bran, quinoa flakes, milled flax seed, untoasted wheat germ, and cracked whole wheat. Each serving of this hot cereal (1/3 cup) is 140 calories, has six grams of protein, six grams of fiber, less than one gram of sugar, and eight percent of your daily iron. Reviewers are saying that this oatmeal is a nice blend of ingredients, great alternative to mixing your own cereal grains together, is “smooth, nutty, and amazingly versatile,” and even mixes well with protein powders. You can get six 16-ounce boxes for about $21.
Love Grown Simply Pure Super Oats
Love Grown Simply Pure Super Oats is exactly what you would expect: a blend of simple and pure oats that are considered super foods. Specifically, this non-GMO and gluten-free oatmeal is made from gluten-free oats, chia seeds, quinoa flakes, and amaranth flakes. Each 1/2 cup serving is 160 calories, has seven grams of protein, five grams of fiber, zero grams of sugar, and 10 percent of your daily iron. Reviewers are saying that this hot cereal is healthy, is not sweet at all, is a good base for “making your own concoctions” and is easy to prepare. You can get one 12-ounce bag for about $6.
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