One big difference in Nature’s Path oatmeal and others is that this oatmeal is made using whole grain cut organic rolled oats, including the bran. This adds extra nutritional value to the oatmeal, making it an even better no-brainer for a quick and nutritious breakfast (or low calorie snack) anytime.
I buy this oatmeal in the individual serving sizes, which features eight individual packages of oatmeal per box. Nature’s Path oatmeal is made from 100% whole grains, so it is super heart-healthy and is free of wheat, low in sodium, and certified organic and kosher. Although I sometimes buy the variety pack, which includes Apple Cinnamon (190 calories), Flax ‘N Oats (200 calories), Maple Nut (200 calories), and Multi-grain Raisin (180 calories) flavors (all 3-4 weight watchers points), I think my favorite is the Maple Nut – you may recall that I love maple syrup!
This oatmeal is free from cholesterol and contains no saturated or trans-fats and provides a decent amount of dietary fiber (four grams per serving). As far as protein goes, the Flax ‘n Oats variety packs the biggest punch of protein with 7 grams, with Apple Cinnamon and Maple Nut falling a bit shorter with 6 grams, and Multi-grain Raisin coming in at 4 grams of protein for each packet-sized serving.
If no one has ever “sold” you on the benefits of oatmeal, let me give it a stab real quick. Adding oatmeal to your diet is a smart move, and here’s why:
- The fiber in oatmeal in insoluble fiber, which has been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) without lowering HDL (good cholesterol).
- The phytochemicals in oatmeal are thought to have cancer-fighting abilities.
- Oats are an excellent source of various nutrients and vitamins, including iron, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and Vitamin E.
- People who eat oatmeal are less likely to develop heart disease that can lead to heart attack and stroke.
- Oatmeal makes good sense when you’re on a diet. It fills you up so that you don’t get hungry mid-morning and end up reaching for a high-calorie convenience snack.
You can buy Nature's Path oatmeal at most healthy food stores like Whole Foods, as well as online on Amazon