Optimum Power hot cereal is a somewhat “grown-up” version of sweet instant oatmeal packets. Slightly lower in sugar, it has a pleasant, more sedated sweetness that we found pleasant in the morning. Generously spiked with chopped soy nuts, flaxseeds, and dried blueberries.
Overall, the hot version was quite different from its cold cereal counterpart, but we felt that both the flavor and the slightly hearty consistency made the transition well. The high Omega-3 content, fair amount of fiber, and touch of protein also supported the excellent nutrient mix that the Optimum Power cereal had been known for.
However, along with the grown-up taste and ingredients, we had expected to see adult serving sizes. I think the word “power” may be a misnomer with this product. At only 160 calories per package, Tony had to use two to get him going. Unfortunately, this doubled his sugar intake as well.
Even for someone petite like me, just the packet wasn’t enough. I added 1/3 cup of oats to mine, to make a more filling and fiber rich cereal. The sweetness was still maintained, but with a little less flavor “power”. I would love to see an increase in the Nature’s Path Hot Oatmeal fiber content via additional oats, blueberries and soy nuts. I think this upgrade would complete their high quality instant oatmeal.
We haven’t yet tried the other Nature’s Path Hot Oatmeal flavors. But a quick peruse of the ingredients and nutrition facts tells me that they are also a little too light for a sustainable breakfast.
The Facts on Nature’s Path Hot Oatmeal
Certifications: These Nature’s Path Hot Oatmeal is Certified Organic and Non-GMO Verified.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Nature’s Path Hot Oatmeal is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free (though they have certified gluten-free oatmeal; these are not), peanut-free, vegan, and vegetarian. Select varieties are made without soy or nuts. Nonetheless, read the label and check with the company on their manufacturing processes before consumption if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Nature’s Path website at naturespath.com.