What: Pacific Organic Steel-Cut Oatmeal Apple & Cinnamon
Tastes Like: Warm apple crisp. Although it isn’t as sweet as the classic dessert, the underlying flavors are spot on—delicious and satisfying.
Eat This! Because: Steel cut oats are higher in fiber and have a lower glycemic index than other oat varieties, which helps keep hunger at bay hours after eating. While standard steel-cut oats take forever to cook, this pre-cooked take on the morning classic comes in a convenient grab-and-go box and is ready to eat in just minutes. Not to mention, the oats are low in sugar and free of artificial flavors—a rarity in the flavored-oatmeal category.
Best Way to Eat It: Pour it in a bowl, zap it and eat it as is—no need to add water. Alternatively, you can add 1% or unsweetened milk alternatives for an additional hit of protein and a more soupy consistency. If you’re looking for a stronger flavor, add a shake of cinnamon and a handful of finely chopped apple to your bowl.
Secret Ingredient: Cinnamon is the dynamic addition to this starchy start to your morning. This sweet spice helps balance blood sugar levels thanks to active compound cinnamaldehyde, which helps your body move excess glucose out of the blood that it would otherwise store as body fat.
Nutritionals: Per 10-ounce container: 200 calories, 2.5 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 240 mg sodium, 40 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 8 g sugar, 4 g protein