instantly delicious.

by Janetha on November 21, 2010

in meals

here’s a story.

yesterday morning, i ate waffles. then i posted a facebook status update:


and then it started. and it didn’t stop.

this is the glorious sight i awoke to:


i cannot tell you how much i love snow.


especially immediately after a big storm. it’s beautiful.


and it calls for a warm breakfast.


three sisters not only make cold cereal.. they are in the hot cereal biz, too! this is comparable to instant oatmeal, actually.

guess what? before today, i had never eaten instant oatmeal. is that strange? i actually never ate a bowl of oatmeal, period, before august of 2008. when three sisters offered to send me their instant oatmeal to review (see my disclosure here), i was quite curious as to how i would feel about instant oatmeal.

this morning, i decided to go with the cinnamon & apples flavor.


who doesn’t like quick & tasty natural goodness?! plus, it is loaded with whole grains, flax seed and real fruit.


bonus point: 25% less packaging than other brands of instant oatmeal.


let’s check out the stats & ingredients.


because i can’t compare these stats to other instant oatmeals, i will go ahead and weigh in on my thoughts regarding these stats versus the stats of old fashioned rolled oats (AKA my breakfast 5 out of 7 mornings of the week).

  • calories: 150 this is the same as a serving of rolled oats. nothing crazy here. this also tells me i need to add something else to the meal or i will be hungry 5 minutes after eating.
  • fat: 2.5g definitely okay with me.. plus, no saturated fat.
  • sodium: 90mg that’s what i like to see.
  • carb: 30g a little on the high side, but i know it is flavored oatmeal instead of plain, so i am not surprised by this number.
  • sugar: 9g a little higher than i aim for at breakfast, i try to stay below 7 grams of sugar. unless i am eating cereal, then all aims are thrown out the window Winking smile
  • protein: 5g a typical amount for oatmeal, my regular old fashioned oats have the same amount. again, like with the calories, this tells me i need to add some oomph to the meal if i want any sort of satiety.

the ingredients: whole grain rolled oats, sugar, soy, dried apple pieces, brown rice, cranberries, flaxseed, natural flavor, barley, quinoa, rye, wheat, salt, guar gum, citric acid.

pros of the ingredients:

  • nothing fake here! i don’t understand companies who put artificial ingredients in their food, when it can obviously be done without all that garbage. i love that three sisters keeps it all natural.
  • the real fruit: apples & cranberries for the win.
  • the addition of grains & healthy fats: quinoa, barley, flaxseed, rye.. yes! the box says one serving has 29 grams of whole grain.

cons of the ingredients:

  • second ingredient listed, after rolled oats, is sugar. this is something i try to avoid. (did you know ingredients are listed from the most amount to least amount used? so sugar being #2 is not that stellar.)

luckily, there is only one con!

i opened the box of three sisters cinnamon & apples hot cereal, (which is sold exclusively whole foods, by the way) and found five individual pouches. IMG_2697

possibly the coolest part about the pouch?


it doubles as a measuring cup! that, my friends, is genius.

i poured the pouch contents into a bowl.


added the water using the handy measuring pouch.


put it in the microwave for 2 minutes and watched the dogs wonder about the snow.


and just like that, it was done!


loved the chunks of apple that rehydrated.


it is no surprise that i added more cinnamon. addict.


not going to lie, the portion size made me a little bit sad. i reminded myself that it was only 150 calories worth of food.


i soon discovered the bits of flaxseed and cranberries.


my thoughts on the taste and texture?

in love!

the texture was smooth but not too creamy. there was a definite mix of various textures in the bowl. another thing i enjoyed was the chew factor of the oats. i think the addition of quinoa and barley caused such a nice, chewy texture.

the taste was spot on. i thought it was going to be a little too sweet (i don’t usually sweeten my oatmeal) but it really had just a hint of sweetness. i am glad i added more cinnamon, though, because that made the cinnamon flavor just right. but, more than likely, my tolerance for cinnamon is much higher than the average gal.

all in all, i really liked the three sisters cinnamon & apples hot cereal. thanks to julie at three sisters for giving me the chance to try it out! i will be trying the other flavors soon and will be sure to let you all know how they compare to the cinnamon & apples flavor.

do you want to try some for yourself?


i have two coupons for two winners!

to enter:

  • leave a comment telling me your thoughts on instant oatmeal. did you grow up eating it or have you never tried it? love it? hate it? let me know!

i will announce the coupon winners on monday night (11/22/10)

although three sisters provided the coupons for this giveaway, they are not sponsors, endorsers or affiliated with the giveaway itself.

i will be back later with a post about yesterday’s meals & moves.

xo. janetha g.

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Lo November 22, 2010 at 1:27 am

I ate the fruit and cream Quaker varieties every morning before school! 2 packets kept me full until lunch all the way through high school lol (not now–I need more substance)!


Jess November 22, 2010 at 2:06 am

I grew up eating instant quaker oatmeal- apples and cinnamon everyday for breakfast! it definitely left me hungry a lot, though

Nhung November 22, 2010 at 2:08 am

I actually didnt grow up eatting oatmeal at all, I know this is very sad but I come from an asian family. I started to eat oatmeal a year ago though and I am in love. I first tried maple brown sugar instant oats from quaker but I dont like it very much and after reading blogs, I saw how versatile it is to use plain oats so that has been my choice cause you can do lots of things to it. That chocolate one looks very good though. Im willing to give instant oats another try ;]

Krista November 22, 2010 at 3:09 am

I used to eat instant oats all the time when I was younger, now it’s mostly rolled oats or oat bran. Now I only eat it while camping or as a snack at work. I love the ease of use and would love to try this brand.

Di November 22, 2010 at 6:51 am

I never had oatmeal growing up. I tried instant oatmeal once about 4 years ago and didn’t like it, but then tried it again this year and now I do. I’m intimidated by making it on the stove so instant is perfect for me. ;)

Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) November 22, 2010 at 7:45 am

I LOVE these three-sisters’ oats. I had them back in the States when I was visiting!

Then again, I grew up eating Quaker instant, these are like a healthy alternative!


Laura November 22, 2010 at 8:03 am

I actually really enjoy instant oatmeal. I eat it quite often but I buy the regular kind, that way there’s not tons of added sugar and I can spice it up with fruit, cinnamon, honey, nut butters, etc. YUM!

Heather November 22, 2010 at 8:31 am

Ha! OMG, I can’t stand snow. It’s my least favorite time of year when it’s here!!

I grew up eating the sugary, instant oats. I’ll still eat it now and again when it’s around, but mostly I just stick to the quaker old-fashioned!

Andrea P November 22, 2010 at 8:33 am

When I was a kid I hated oatmeal. Now I love it! Usually I make my own, but the instant kind is nice if I’m in a rush.

natalie (the sweets life) November 22, 2010 at 8:56 am

all through college and my first year out of school, I ate two packets of instant oatmeal every morning. Then I realized that it was cheaper and healthier to just make my own oats, and I haven’t gone back since. Still, I’d love to try this brand!

LG November 22, 2010 at 8:58 am

I only had instant while camping growing up, but I like it now and then as an adult. :0)

melissa November 22, 2010 at 8:59 am

i loved apple cinnamon and strawberries and cream growing up—then there was also this one brand that you could swirl syrup in??! totall forget the name! but my mom wouldnt get that one all that often because it was more pricey hahaha–all for a stupid little packet of syrup! LOL!

melissadishes November 22, 2010 at 9:05 am

Wow, the snow is so pretty!

I love oatmeal. I prefer old fashioned, but I eat instant as well and keep a stash of it in my travel bag and in my office at work.

As a kid, when we had oatmeal, it was almost always instant

Carrie November 22, 2010 at 9:12 am

I generally avoid instant oatmeal just because it’s way less filling than regular oatmeal. However, I have in the passed mixed a Kashi high-protein instant oatmeal packet with a regular serving of regular oatmeal.

Laura S. November 22, 2010 at 9:52 am

I lived on instant oatmeal during college. Such a good late night snack!

Allison W November 22, 2010 at 10:00 am

I hated oatmeal as a kid, something about the texture. But now I eat oats nearly everyday, and love it. I’d love these little packets to take on vacation, I normally add 1/2 a banana to my oats, but pre sweetened would be so convenient.

Barbara November 22, 2010 at 10:15 am

We’ve had snow for about a week now and minus 20C weather. Bloody freezing! I think you need to appeal your ‘denied entry’ into Canada and come visit!!! I would have seriously thrown 3 packets into the bowl. How you managed to only eat that is beyond belief!
Stay warm and come visit Canada!

Katie November 22, 2010 at 10:16 am

OH, I am jealous of that winter wonderland! So beautiful.

I grew up in more of a cereal family (my family still buys 15 boxes Kellogg’s Mueslix at a time) but I ate a few Quaker Instant Oatmeal packets in my day. I don’t love them because they’re usually really refined and not too satisfying, but these look yummy!

Erin November 22, 2010 at 10:27 am

I grew up eating a lot of instant oatmeal. It was a treat to have old fashioned oats or cream of wheat in our house. Now I’m a quick-cook oats kind of girl. I would LOVE to try some of the Three Sisters deliciousness though!

Cheryl C November 22, 2010 at 10:34 am

I love instant oatmeal, especially when I have limited amount of time before school!

Erin November 22, 2010 at 10:42 am

I was never a big oatmeal girl..until I had my daughter in 2006. I was nursing and needed something healthy and quick to get me throught he morning with 3 kids and an infant. Once my daughter was old enough to eat real food she LOVED oatmeal…I hated buying instant because it was full of all kinds of crap…I went to whole foods and found the best one…I recently found Oat Revolution…it is yummy and also had the measurable packets…they are great at work and easy for my daughter when she wants to help momma cook….

jen November 22, 2010 at 11:08 am

i love instant oatmeal! it’s great to eat at work or while traveling. i add cinnamon, nut butter and protein powder whenever possible to make it even more filling.

lowandbhold November 22, 2010 at 11:22 am

I never ate oatmeal or instant oatmeal as a kid either, but in college I fell in love with the low sugar apple cinnamon instant oatmeal from quaker and probably went through 3 boxes a week. I’d eat two packets at once with spray butter.

Emily M November 22, 2010 at 11:27 am

this is gunna sound weird, but I really take ‘instant’ to the next level. i love eating instant oatmeal uncooked. just rip the package and dive in….

Coco November 22, 2010 at 11:30 am

I grew up on instant oatmeal…so I guess I have a soft spot for it. Although it certainly won’t beat homemade pumpkin oats…the apple cinnamon sounds delicious!

Waheeda November 22, 2010 at 11:50 am

I’ve been turning to oatmeal lately as a breakfast option that actually keeps me full. Apples and cinnamon sounds delicious!

Haylee November 22, 2010 at 12:39 pm

I like instant oatmeal when I am in a rush, but I grew up on hot stove oatmeal and hot cereal and nothing beats it :D

Jenn November 22, 2010 at 12:50 pm

I miss the instant oatmeal that had a separate fruit jam packet to add and draw with! Yum and fun :)

So cool that you already have snow!

Rachel November 22, 2010 at 1:58 pm

I never really ate oatmeal as I kid but have recently become addicted to it, eating some form of it every morning (irish oats, oat bran, old fashioned just can’t get enough). I love taking instant oatmeal to work so if its too busy to have a sit down lunch I can carry the oatmeal around with me

Rachel November 22, 2010 at 1:59 pm

I never really ate oatmeal as a kid but have recently become addicted to it, eating some form of it every morning (irish oats, oat bran, old fashioned just can’t get enough). I love taking instant oatmeal to work so if its too busy to have a sit down lunch I can carry the oatmeal around with me

Kelsey November 22, 2010 at 3:09 pm

OMG! I LOVE OATMEAL! I didn’t grow up eating it. After I moved out and started college, I decided to try all kinds of new and healthy foods, and oatmeal has to be one of my FAVORITE!! :-)

Jenny November 22, 2010 at 3:42 pm

I was pretty stoked on the snow as well!

Growing up, all the oatmeal I had was instant. I actually did have old fashion oat meal till 2005! Now (thanks to your power oats) I have old fashion oatmeal pretty much Monday-Friday. I know I should switch it up so I don’t get sick of it. But honestly that is what I crave in the morning, especially now that it’s chilly out!

Diana November 22, 2010 at 4:19 pm

I LOVE instant oatmeal. I used to hate the texture when I was little, but now I absolutely love it!

Melissa November 22, 2010 at 4:20 pm

grew up on oatmeal. love it. and eat it everyday! stove top oats are better but instant oats are just so convenient :)

Mallory November 22, 2010 at 9:15 pm

i actually grew up on instant, but have gotten so used to my homemade old-fashioned oats that the instant just don’t do it anymore!

but oats with quinoa and flax? i’m game :)

Tessa November 25, 2010 at 6:00 am

i go instant oats somedays, chewy rolled oats other days. it really depends how i feel :)

Erica November 25, 2010 at 6:01 am

Traditional oats for me please! They’re more substantial & allow me to add creamy contrasty add ons like yogurt!

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