Tuesday Trade Up: Oatmeal

As a creature of habit, I (Alex Hobbs, TWU Dietetic intern) wake up every morning pour myself a hot cup of coffee, stumble around for a bit and finally work towards making breakfast. It is quite possible that I have been feasting on the exact same breakfast dish since my early college years, but it is a habit I can’t seem to shake....until now! Quaker Instant Oatmeal is the ultimate breakfast staple at my house; however, after this week’s Trade Up I think I will have to do some trading of my own.
Unlike my past love, Oat Revolution contains flaxseed to add an extra punch of nutrition and delightful taste to their 100% whole grain oats. Not just that, but the peaches in this yummy Peaches & Cream are actually real unlike Quaker! Check the label, turns out Quaker uses reconstituted apple pieces that have been artificially flavored and dyed....not too appealing, I know! To top off your warm bowl of goodness, Oat Revolution adds Omega-3 and heart healthy antioxidants. From all of this, I truely believe Oat Revolution earned the 16 extra NuVal  points to beat Quaker's counterpart. Step aside Quaker, I am ready for a change!
Oat Revolution Peaches & Cream
Ingredients: Whole grain rolled oats, sugar, Flaxseed, Natural and artificial flavors, Dehydrated peaches, salt, Citric Acid 
Nutrition Facts: Serving Size: 1 packet (35g) calories-130, total fat-2g cholesterol-0mg, sodium-190mg, total carb-27g, dietary fiber-2g, sugars-12g, protein-3g
NuVal score: 27
Quaker Oatmeal Peaches & Cream Cream
Ingredients: Whole grain rolled oats, sugar, creaming agent (maltodextrin, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, corn syrup solids, whey, sodium caseinate, sugar, dipotassium phosphate, mono and diglycerides, artificial salt, soy lecithin, artificial flavor), flavored and colored fruit pieces, artificial peach flavor, citric acid,salt
Nutrition Facts: Serving Size: 1 packet (35g) calories-130, total fat-2g cholesterol-0mg, sodium-180mg, total carb-27g, dietary fiber-2g, sugars-12g, protein-3g
NuVal score: 11

Written by Alex Hobbs, Texas Woman's University dietetic intern. I will be completing my internship this December and I am currently working towards completing a Master's in Nutrition. I plan to take the RD exam in January to finally begin my career as a Registered Dietitian.

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