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. 

What is a Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet?

What is a Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet?

A whole foods plant-based diet at it's core is a diet derived solely from plant-life. Vegetables, fruits, legumes, tubers, starchy veggies and whole grains comprise the main dietary elements. Meat, milk, cheese, eggs and other animal products are not acceptable if you are eating a plant-based diet. Additionally, many people who live a plant-based lifestyle also try to minimize or completely remove the usage of highly refined foods such as bleached flour, refined sugar, and oil.

Simple Tip: How to Cut Potato Wedges for Maximum Heat Exposure

Here, at Plant-Smart Living w/ Farmer Fred, we just love our starches...especially the humble potato!

I had these potatoes for dinner, with a side of broccoli, but they are certainly a delicious option no matter when you may decide to partake in them -- for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

In a recent YouTube video I had recorded, suitably entitled 'Smart Tips, Tricks, and Ideas for Your Plant-Based Kitchen', I had demonstrated how I prefer to cut my potatoes -- into wedges,facing upwards, as if they were soaking up the sun, while sunbathing on a beach...

Special THANKS to my friend Will Kriski, from Potato Strong, for mentioning this trick, on his Facebook page!

I find that this trick, albeit a very simple trick, maximizes the surface area of the potato exposed to the heat...

You also don't need to turn the wedges for them to get fully cooked!!! Now, that is what I call 'PLANT-SMART'!

Do you have any tips, tricks, or ideas that you use in your kitchen? If so, I would love to hear about them!