Taste Test: All Quaker Instant Oatmeal Flavors (with Reviews)

Taste Test: All Quaker Instant Oatmeal Flavors (with Reviews)

Quaker Instant Oatmeal is likely one of the most popular oatmeal products in the United States. When your average person thinks about oatmeal, they probably have a vision of that handsome gentleman that adorns Quaker oats products. You have likely at least tried one or two flavors yourself at some point in your life. I thought it would be fun to do some small reviews of each flavor currently available in the US.

Keep in mind, Quaker Instant Oatmeal, while often tasty, is not the best option for your health. They do tend to come equipped with higher than average levels of sugar and some added preservatives. In general, I tend to preference steel cut oats. With this said, for some, instant oatmeal is preferable just because of the convenience - and this is difficult to ignore. 

For these tests, I have tried each of the instant oatmeal flavors both in "instant" fashion (just add warm water and stir) and with use of the microwave. They both produce different taste experiences, but ultimately are much shorter cooking times than preparing a 30 minute bowl of oats the old fashioned way. 

BBC's Planet Earth II - Episode 3 "Jungles" - Review

BBC's Planet Earth II - Episode 3 "Jungles" - Review

What an incredibly episode for Planet Earth II. After the relatively quiet and almost somber 2nd episode "Mountains," "Jungles" picks up by taking us to explore some of the densest areas of the world. A key statistic is thrown out early on - jungles make up only 6% of the world, but over 50% of animals on the planet inhabit them. They are dense ecosystems, and as a result this episode is extremely dense with the number of creatures on display - some for just brief momentary glimpses, while others are on screen and followed with David Attenborough's signature narration and humanization.

BBC'S Planet Earth II - Episode 2 "Mountains" - Review

BBC'S Planet Earth II - Episode 2 "Mountains" - Review

Planet Earth II's second episode, "Mountains," never quite reaches the peaks of the first, extremely diverse, episode about islands and their inhabitants, but still manages to soar (sometimes quite literally) and showcase some moments of real beauty. 

BBC's Planet Earth II - Episode 1 "Islands" - Review

BBC's Planet Earth II - Episode 1 "Islands" - Review

Nature documentaries are well within the interests of the Plant-Smart Living family. We don't watch a whole lot of television, but when we do, it is great to have something very entertaining and even educational to enjoy. BBC's Planet Earth series, all of which is available on Netflix if you are a subscriber or in DVD or Blu-Ray form, was a groundbreaking nature documentary series that set the standard for future documentaries like it. I am not sure that any have ever come close.

I was very excited to hear that Planet Earth II was going to start on TV - a whole 10 years later than the original series. Some great promo videos were released to get people excited, and they certainly grabbed my attention.

Flash forward to a few weeks ago when I got to catch the opening episode - "Islands."

Skedattle - All Natural Insect Repellent with Essential Oils - Review

Skedattle - All Natural Insect Repellent with Essential Oils - Review

Due to a recent trip to Mexico, it was required by state regulations to use biodegradable sunscreen and insect repellent. This is a unique regulation created with the intention of better conserving the dense ecosystem and second largest coral reef in the world. Searching for an eco-friendly anti-bug product was essential, because no one likes bug bites, and more importantly given some of the cases of Zika in Mexico (and now expanding into the USA), it is important to keep oneself as protected as possible. 

My Instant Pot IP DUO60, 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker - Review

My Instant Pot IP DUO60, 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker - Review

In autumn of last year, we asked the Plant-Smart Living community (which was rather small at the time) for feedback on choosing a new pressure cooker for us to use. There are so many pressure cookers on the market, that it can become difficult to distinguish what product provides the best cost to value ratio. We take your voices into high consideration when producing content and making decisions that will ultimately impact the community. After a solid amount of feedback, we ended up purchasing the Instant Pot IP DUO60, 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker. I am pleased to say that the results have been excellent!

The Starch-Plus Diet by Will Kriski - Book Review

The Starch-Plus Diet by Will Kriski - Book Review

The Starch-Plus Diet a great book created by Will Kriski, as a follow up to his first book The Potato Strong Recipe Guide. Will (you may know him just as Potato Strong) has been an excellent resource for us here at Plant-Smart Living, and this book is an extension of the knowledge he has passed on to us as we have come to know each other through email, Facebook, and phone conversations. As a result of this, of course there is some bias in my "review" of his book, but let me just say that I make an effort to only recommend products I personally enjoy and get something out of, and The Starch-Plus Diet is one of those things!

Vegan Under Pressure by Jill Nussinow - Book Review

Vegan Under Pressure by Jill Nussinow - Book Review

There are many vegan cookbooks on the market, but Vegan Under Pressure by Jill Nussinow (AKA: The Veggie Queen) stands out in my mind with its niche focus on making plant-based recipes in a pressure cooker. Immediately, the book title is gripping as this was not the expected implication; but rather the social aspects of veganism can sometimes make one feel, quite literally, “under pressure.” I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book to provide to the Plant-Smart Living audience (if you join in on our Plant-Smart Living Giveaway running until the end of June, 2016!). I quite enjoyed many of these recipes, which I make in my Instant Pot cooker.