Better Oats in the morning

May 18, 2010

While grocery shopping over the weekend…I stopped at a huge display of Better Oats Oatmeal. I’d never seen it before. The sign said that they offer a product that is exactly what I’m looking for… Mmmkay… From Oat Revolution to Oat Fit to Raw Pure and Simple – with everything in between.

Being that I’m a designer, the packaging actually was the first thing to catch my eye. The second was the whole grains, flaxseed and real fruit pieces and chocolate morsel ingredients. There were so many flavors to choose from, I decided on three to start. I went to my “go to” oatmeal favorite, Abundance – Apples and Cinnamon. Then I grabbed Mmm Muffins – Blueberry and the last one was Lavish – Dark Chocolate – I thought the names were really creative.

They come 5 packages to a box… and they were on sale – 4 boxes for $5.00 – Whoops!  Just noticed that on the receipt… guess I should have grabbed another box.

Not sure the oatmeal dispensing system is necessary, but again… I’m a sucker for innovative packaging design.

You cradle the pouch in your hand and add cold water to the fill line. I’ve tried all three and used this method every time. If you don’t want to fuss with the package, you just add 1/2 cup of water to the bowl of oats. The package claims… “For easier and quicker preparation, tear open and try our measuring cup pouch!”  – There is a dotted line and me being an over-achieving perfectionist… I had to use scissors 😉

Brace yourselves for the action/pour shot… I gave it a good stir and put the bowl into the microwave for 2.5 minutes. The package said 2 – but I know my microwave better than Better Oats does… so I went with my tried and true 2.5 minute oatmeal setting.

Sunday’s oats were the Mmm Muffin – Blueberry and OMG! They smelled delicious, tasted just like a gooey muffin and I will DEFINITELY be purchasing the flavor again.

Nutrition Info. – 160 cal. | 2.5 g fat | O mg chol. | 220 mg sodium | 32 g carbs | 4 g protein

Monday morning I tried the Abundance Apples & Cinnamon. I’m trying to get back into the habit of eating breakfast before work, instead of bringing string cheese and fruit to eat at my desk.

I really liked the apple pieces and the cinnamon flavor –  the texture was perfect. I like a thicker oatmeal and this one delivered.

Nutrition Info. – 150 cal. | 2.5 g fat | O mg chol. | 90 mg sodium | 30 g carbs | 5 g protein – Much lower sodium and 1 extra gram of protein in this flavor.

In honor of my friend/blog reader Kristen’s birthday today – I got up at 5:30 this morning with Dan to bust a move with my Lavish – Dark Chocolate Oats. Sprinkles, a candle and chocolate oatmeal at 5:45 AM –  yep, the neighbors now officially think I have gone off the deep end.  Happy Birthday Kristen!

It was like eating a brownie for breakfast and you know what? I honestly don’t see a problem with that. Hah!

Nutrition Info. – 160 cal. | 2.5 g fat | O mg chol. | 220 mg sodium | 33 g carbs | 4 g protein – very similar to the blueberry muffin.

They have a lot of products and while I may or may not go for healthier versions next time – I liked all three of the ones I picked.  For Weight Watcher’s peeps – the Oat Fit line has no added sugar, 100 calories and calculates to 2 pts.

I noticed on their website that you can “Take the Taste Test” and get a 55 cent coupon – they also claim that if you share your experience in an email or video, they will donate 5 meals to help feed hungry families in the United States” – pretty cool!

Now I must get in the shower to really get this day started.



  1. All 3 look and sound great! I’m going to see if they sell it in my area of Michigan.

    Happy birthday, Kristen!

    • Did you try the locator map? I hope they have them near you – if not, I’ll send a care package!

      • I did go to their website (wow, lots of varieties of oats!) and if I really wanted them I would have to travel about 40 minutes…I just may do that some weekend. All 3 you introduced to us look wonderful. I just had instant oatmeal for breakfast this morning but your pictures of these oats look so much better.

    • Thanks Amy! 🙂

  2. We need to get you more sleep, sister. Nah, you’re too fun at 5:45 am! And now, I need to go get some of that yumminess!

    • Yes me and 5:45 AM was not pretty…LOL – definitely try the oatmeal, the texture and taste are better than my usual instant for sure.

  3. Whooooooooo! That’s the sound of me blowing out my BD candle….at least that’s what I came up with after simulating the blow! I obviously have no problem with a brownie for breakfast, or pizza, or any other sinful yummy comfort food! I look forward to trying all 3 oatmeals, but today I have cheese and pineapple that I brought to work. Sound familiar??? LOL!!! Thanks again for making my BD so special! Yours is next…..21 days and counting! Enjoy those last couple of weeks before entering my decade! 😉

    • I’m going to ignore that you said blowing and blow in one sentence, hah! Thanks for the reminder that I’m almost out of my 30’s, ugh! Have fun celebrating tonight!

  4. Yeah, I caught that when reviewing my comment, but I figured only the twisted would notice… 😉

  5. WOW!!! I think I’ll get a box of the Lavish for our upcoming backpack trip. It’ll be the best part of MY trip….I’m sure. 🙂

    • The packets would be perfect for that!…and nothing beats choc. in the morning 😉

  6. So, it’s not me, it’s my oats?

    Now I have oat-guilt.

    Happy 30th Kristen!

    • Thanks! ;p

  7. OK, I had to try the oatmeal. I picked up at Bel Air yesterday, the Better Oats with dried strawberries (on sale for $1.25 for 5 pouches). After I emptied the contents into a bowl, I used the packet as a measuring cup….I was bummed that it was leaking out of the bottom. Once out of the microwave, I added 1/2 banana to the cooked oatmeal. It was delicoius!!!! Can’t wait to see if the next pouch leaks 🙂

    • Ugh! I have now had 4 packs and none of them leaked – hopefully it was just a fluke thing with a faulty package. I just cradled it in my hand, turned the water on a super gentle stream and haven’t had an issue. Glad you liked the strawberry flavor, I’ll have to try that one too!

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