Until a few years ago, my dad used to have sweets and treats all the time. He’s an ectomorph, so he’s naturally lean and we all thought it was fine for him to stuff his face with Cantonese pineapple buns (“It’s mostly fruit!”) and Dreyer’s ice cream (“Slow churned, so half the fat, right?”) because he didn’t gain weight. But then we found out that he had high triglycerides (blood fat) and blood sugar. After that health scare, he cut down on sugar, refined carbohydrates, and saturated fat, and now his blood test results are always fine.
While he used to eat a big bowl of faux-healthy sugary cereal every morning, he now has a serving of oatmeal with fruit and nuts and a few hard-boiled egg whites on the side. He loves oatmeal. I like to combine a scoop of whey protein powder with 1/2 tsp baking powder and a serving of oat bran or oat flour (oats ground up in a coffee grinder) to make healthy protein pancakes!
We usually buy our old-fashioned oats in bulk from Costco because it’s cheap and the quality is fine. But this week MyOatmeal.com was generous enough to send us a whole bunch of flavored oatmeal to try!
When our mom the oatmeal skeptic first heard of MyOatmeal, she was kind of doubtful about how good it could be – I mean, oatmeal is just oatmeal, right? A bowl of brown rice would be a really boring breakfast, so what makes oatmeal better? (Well, other than the fact that oats are a superior source of healthy fats, potassium, fiber, protein, calcium, iron, and magnesium…) The answer is that oatmeal is so easy to turn into anything you want! When I was picking out which flavors of oatmeal I wanted, I was pleasantly surprised to find that there were so many delicious ways to flavor oatmeal but keep it healthy. I could have cheesecake oatmeal without giving myself a heart attack. I could have pumpkin pie oatmeal minus the Thanksgiving belly. In fact, MyOatmeal has so many ways to flavor oats that there are 22 billion different permutations – more than three distinct flavors for every person on Earth!
Okay, enough with the gushing. I’m just really excited because I love it when I find out that my mom actually likes the taste of something healthy. She absolutely loves coconut, so you bet we got a lot of coconut oatmeal. And since Audrey recently went pescetarian after watching Food Inc., I got some oatmeal with protein powder mixed in too. It all tastes great! Also, I actually really like that it comes in the mail; who doesn’t like receiving packages? Makes me feel all nostalgic.
The only reason why someone might not buy MyOatmeal is because it’s a little bit more expensive than the bulk oats at a discount warehouse club (it’s got added fruit, nuts, protein powder, spices, and more so it’s basically not even in the same category as plain old oats) but seriously, I recommend that people try it, whether they already love oats or would like to start loving them, so here’s a 15% discount code: Joan15