The Only 3 Oatmeal Brands a Nutritionist Will Eat
Oatmeal is a wintertime go-to that manages to be both filling and nutritious (if you know what to look for). But like many foods lining our supermarket shelves, plenty of oatmeal brands are filled with added sugars and processed ingredients hidden behind wholesome, family-friendly packaging.
To help you decipher the whole from the processed, Well+Good recently tested out all of the popular oatmeal brands, from inexpensive options to specialty selections. After receiving final approval from NAO Nutrition founder and holistic nutritionist Nikki Ostrower, the following brands snagged the top three spots.
#1 Nature's Path Organic Hot Oatmeal
Containing just fluffy rolled oats and sea salt, Nature's Path Organic Hot Oatmeal still manages to pack in eight grams of protein and six grams of fiber per serving. "Nature’s Path is organic and non-GMO—a big win in my book," said Ostrower. "I always advise looking for organic, because then you can guarantee it’s not sprayed with any herbicides, fungicides, or pesticides, and it’s not genetically engineered."
#2 Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Oatmeal
Gluten-free oats, flax seeds, quinoa flakes, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and puffed amaranth make up Purely Elizabeth's nutrient-dense oatmeal. "It’s loaded with protein, heart-healthy fatty acids, fiber, vitamin B6, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, [and] selenium," said Ostrower. It's a bit crunchier than number one listed above, but extremely healthy nonetheless.
#3 Qi'a Chia, Hemp and Buckwheat Cereal
Although it allegedly resembles bird seed, Qi'a cereal (a subdivision of Nature's Path) is chock-full of superfoods. "This one isn’t technically oatmeal, but it has omega-3 fatty acids, which act as a powerful anti-inflammatory and brain food," she says. "It also has zero sugar and salt, and is gluten-free."
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