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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. 

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 Solution by John A. McDougall - Book Review

The Starch Solution by John A. McDougall - Book Review

I am very excited to share with you my first vegan book review, and more importantly, a book that is near and dear to my heart as it has greatly shaped my own plant-based journey. The information presented in The Starch Solution has literally changed and saved my life. These are not words I use lightly.

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The Happy Herbivore Guide to Plant-Based Living by Lindsay Nixon – Book Review

The Happy Herbivore Guide to Plant-Based Living by Lindsay Nixon – Book Review

First, a special thanks to Ben Bela Books and Lindsay Nixon for sending Plant-Smart Living a copy of this book: The Happy Herbivore Guide to Plant-Based Living. You can get to know more about Lindsay Nixon through her personal website The Happy Herbivore. At the time of posting the video (above), I was only able to skim through the book, however since then I have had the chance to dive into the book more. My take really remains the same as my initial impressions as I walked through the book in the video.

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