2018 Update: The Nature’s Path Hot Oatmeal packaging has a new look that is gradually rolling out. But you might still see the packaging shown in this post.
Tasting Notes for Nature’s Path Hot Oatmeal
To date, we’ve only tried one flavor of these oatmeal packets. But please do leave a comment on your experience if you have tried any of the flavors!
Blueberry Cinnamon Flax (also known as Optimum Power)
As long time fans of Optimum Power cold cereal, we were eager to try the Nature’s Path Hot Oatmeal version. I would call this hot cereal a somewhat “grown-up” version of sweet instant oatmeal packets. It’s slightly lower in sugar, and it has a pleasant, more sedated sweetness. And it is 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 expected 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. And even though I’m quite petite, I still added 1/3 cup oats to my packet to make it breakfast-worthy. And this did dilute the flavor “power” a bit too much.
Ingredients – Whole grain rolled oats*, cane sugar*, roasted soy nuts*, flax seeds*, sweetened dried blueberries* (wild blueberries*, apple juice concentrate*, sunflower oil*), cinnamon*, sea salt. *Organic. Contains soy. Produced in a facility that uses milk, tree nuts, peanuts and wheat.
The Facts on Nature’s Path Hot Oatmeal
Certifications: These Nature’s Path Hot Oatmeal is Certified Organic, Certified Kosher Pareve, and Non-GMO Verified.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Nature’s Path Hot Oatmeal is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free (they have certified gluten-free oatmeal, but these varieties are not certified), 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.