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Old 21-Mar-05, 01:18 PM   #1
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How to make oatmeal taste good ???


It seems to me that oatmeal is kind of the "wonder" breakfast food. The problem is I HATE the taste. It's my understanding that the flavor varieties are loaded with sugar and a lot of the other good stuff is removed. I've tried regular oatmeal mixed with fresh fruit, but the oatmeal in between the fruit still tastes bad.

Please help. I know I need to add breakfast (I'm not a morning eater) if I want this diet/exercise thing to work and oatmeal seems like it is the way to go if I could only figure out how to stand the taste!
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Old 21-Mar-05, 01:30 PM   #2
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First and foremost, just give it time.

You're currently accustomed a sort of 'sugar tastes good, everything else is bland' mentality but that will change over time.

You can help it along too with something as simple as ground cinnamon or nutmeg or the like. Hell, for that matter don't be afraid to experiment with things like crushed red pepper flakes.

And yeah, real oatmeal is definitely worth acquiring a taste for. It's a really clean, really healthy food.
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Old 21-Mar-05, 02:51 PM   #3
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Octagon is right - it just takes time. I can eat it plain now. Not when I started. Take baby steps. I know some folks just can't stomach the texture. I saw recently that one lady eats it uncooked. Adds milk and cinnamon and eats it like it was cold cereal.
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Old 21-Mar-05, 03:02 PM   #4
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I put some sugar and sometimes a little dash of cinnoman on mine.
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Old 21-Mar-05, 03:41 PM   #5
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quaker oats apple cinnamon ready to make oatmeal

http://www.quakeroatmeal.com/Product...esCinnamon.cfm

good stuff and low price
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Old 21-Mar-05, 04:36 PM   #6
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avoid the junk stigmatas linked to, as OP said it is loaded with processed crap. defeats the purpose of oatmeal

personally i use a tsp of splenda, some cinammon and a handful of raisins in mine. i started only being able to stomach half a cup of this stuff but now i can do 1.5 cups in a sitting. i hope to work up to 2 cups
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Old 21-Mar-05, 04:50 PM   #7
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Old 21-Mar-05, 05:14 PM   #8
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Oatmeal pancakes:
1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal
1/2 cup cottage cheese that was sent through a blender
1/4 cup egg substitute
dash of vanilla or cinnamon

Mix together all the ingredients, let stand for 5 minutes. Divide in half and cook in a non-stick pan. Excellent way to eat oatmeal.
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Old 21-Mar-05, 05:50 PM   #9
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I usually eat it plain with a little cinnamon, tastes great imo.
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Old 21-Mar-05, 06:52 PM   #10
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I make mine with cinammon, splenda, raw almonds, and Log Cabin sugar-free syrup.
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Old 21-Mar-05, 08:07 PM   #11
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avoid the junk stigmatas linked to, as OP said it is loaded with processed crap. defeats the purpose of oatmeal

personally i use a tsp of splenda, some cinammon and a handful of raisins in mine. i started only being able to stomach half a cup of this stuff but now i can do 1.5 cups in a sitting. i hope to work up to 2 cups

oh **** i didnt know it was bad

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Old 22-Mar-05, 07:09 AM   #12
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ooooooooooooooh, yummy!!!!!!! i LOVE oatmeal!!! (me da's family on his mam's side are highland scot)

here's one to try (sounds wierd, but it's *good*): add really extra-old cheddar cheese. has to be the good-quality kind.

another thing, put the oatmeal in a bowl, add a dab of butter, a dash of salt, a shot of brown sugar, and pour on your milk. once you stir it up, the flavour's mixed all through.

mash bananas and mix it in.

cook up some oatmeal with onions, garlic, and other yummy type stuff. while still warm, press it into a foil-lined loaf pan and chill in the refrigeration. when cold, turn out, slice, and fry the slices. kind of a faux meat loaf thing, especially if you add puréed lentils or whatnot.
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Old 22-Mar-05, 01:07 PM   #13
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Wow! Thanks everyone for all of the suggestions!

Another question...are quick cooking oats OK (NOT instant) or do they need to be the old fashioned kind?
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Old 22-Mar-05, 02:22 PM   #14
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avoid the junk stigmatas linked to, as OP said it is loaded with processed crap. defeats the purpose of oatmeal



id have to disagree wit u buddy. just cuz a lot of flavored oatmeal has some sugar in it, it doesnt make it crap and "defeat the purpose of oatmeal" .

sure , oatmeal wit no sugar would be better but that doesnt make that oatmeal total crap.
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Old 22-Mar-05, 05:57 PM   #15
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id have to disagree wit u buddy. just cuz a lot of flavored oatmeal has some sugar in it, it doesnt make it crap and "defeat the purpose of oatmeal" .

sure , oatmeal wit no sugar would be better but that doesnt make that oatmeal total crap.
Well, it's more than a little sugar. About half the carbs and over a third of the total cals come from sugar. There are also various colorings and preservatives and whatnot.

That said, while I would hardly call these packets good, they are actually a lot better than they used to be. For one thing, the oats appear to be a lot less processed (which helps retain a lot of the nutrients and fiber) and the sugar content, while not low isn't exactly Count Chocula either.
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