The first thing I tried was their flavored instant package.Product description: flavored instant oatmeal. It's really easy to make, just add 1/2 of boiling water and sit for 2-3 min.
With the boiling water, pretty water eh?After 2-3 min, magic happened!
Texture: It's very creamy and surprisingly chewy. I thought instant oatmeal are generally bland and that's why I prefer rolled oats. But this one has very similar texture to rolled oats, just in smaller flakes.
Taste: The banana flavor is very strong which I love. Adding a little bit of salty PB was the perfect afternoon snack or light breakfast. The only thing that I'd modify this is to add less sugar. It was a little too sweet for me. I don't usually add sweetener to my oatmeal, but if you do, this will be just right for you. I might add more oats to this package or do 1/2 package and 1/2 regular oats to make it less sweet.
I also tried the blueberries flavor, it was good. I added some more instant plain oatmeal to make it less sweet. But I couldn't really taste its flavor (although you can see some real blueberries in there).
overall rating: 8/10.
Product description: from their website
Why Steel-cut Oats?
Steel-Cut Oats are whole grain groats (the inner portion of the oat kernel) which have been cut into two or three pieces using steel discs. Golden in colour and resembling mini rice particles, they are as nature intended – nothing added and nothing taken out.
How are they different from Rolled Oats?
Rolled oats are flake oats that have been steamed, rolled, re-steamed and toasted. Due to all of this additional processing they have lost some of their natural taste, goodness and texture.
What makes McCann's Steel-cut Oats so special?
Grains are essential to a healthy lifestyle and form the foundation of the food pyramid. Steel-Cut oats are inherently full of nutritional value and are high in B-Vitamins, calcium, protein and fiber while low in salt and unsaturated fat. One cup of Steel-Cut oatmeal contains more fiber than a bran muffin and twice as much fibre as Cream of Wheat. The quality of Irish Oats and the distinctive crunchy texture make McCann's Steel-Cuts a gourmet delight.
Texture: It's definitely different than rolled oats. It has little grits in it that make it very chewy.
Taste: It has a very nutty flavor and its own taste is stronger than rolled oats. You know that rolled oats by itself doesn't have much flavor/taste and it takes whatever you add to it, but steel cut have its own flavor, I personally like the nutty flavor but I can't guarantee that everyone does.
How do I like it? First try: 1 serving of oatmeal, 1/3 c. pumpkin, 1/3 c. silken tofu, 1/3 c. coconut milk, cinnamon, pumpkin spice and vanilla.
It was chewy and tasty, but not creamy enough.
Second try: 1 serving of oatmeal, 2 tbsp instant plain oatmeal, 1/2 banana, 1/3 c. coconut milk, 1 c. blueberries, vanilla, all blended at the end.
This one was perfecT!!!! Perfectly sweetened by the banana and perfect combination of chewiness and creaminess. So, I'll definitely add plain oatmeal to the steel cuts.
overall rating: 9/10.
okay. after this long review. Let's keep my day 6 of the Challenges recap short. Basically I worked all day and ended doing Maggie's recommended yoga class which was great! A lot of flow which made me sweat and some long pigeon at the end for a good relaxation. After that, I had a short beauty session: long bath, moisturize whole body with rose oil and a facial mask. It was fun!
Breakfast was the pumpkin tofu steel cut oatmeal with 3 mini kiwis.
Morning snack: orange, banana and walnuts.Lunch salad: exactly the same as yesterday's plus aduki beans and microwaved egg white.Dessert: pumpkin + wheatberries + cinnamon.PM snack: an apple + WW bread with BB.Dinner: grilled shrimp + kabocha fries + steamed green beans.Dessert: tea jelly!Today's plan
- shopping mall to find a salad bowl
A nutrition related question: Do you have idea of how much fat do you have per day? I mean healthy fats. How much do we need? I'm asking this because I'm always wondering if I'm having enough.