Saturday, August 14, 2010

Nature’s Path Hot Oatmeal and Whole O’s Cereal Review

As many of you who have been reading my blog for a while know, I love Nature’s Path products.  And while I have bought many products with my own cash, like this cranberry ginger Optimum cereal…
…the following items were sent to me for review.
We’ll do the hot oatmeal first.  I received  their variety pack; IMG_2913 IMG_2914 IMG_2921
I couldn’t decide which flavour would go first so I opted to do least favourite to favourite because I believe in saving the best for last!  :)  That being said, I want you to know right off the bat that I enjoyed all 4 flavours, some just more than others.
  • The dried apples hydrated nicely and were soft and easy to chew.  You know how sometimes rehydrated stuff can be tough and chewy?  Not the case here.
  • The apple flavour was nice and strong, but I found it to be a bit too sweet by the last few bites.
  • Any kind of nut would make a great addition to this flavour to bulk it up a bit.
  • The scent of maple syrup wafted lusciously from this bowl!  And the flavour didn’t disappoint, either.
  • I personally didn’t see any nuts in the pouch that I used.  I still have one left so we’ll have to see if there are any in there.
  • Because of the above, I added pecan pieces to my bowl.  Again, any nut would be great here.
  • This one took me back to eating porridge on cold winter mornings as a kid!  The nostalgia was fun.  LOL
  • There was just enough spice to be flavourful without overpowering the oats
  • Decent amount of raisins in my packet!
  • I added some cream and granola which took it to the next level!
  • Hands down my favourite of the 4.  Here’s why;
  • The Flax Plus is not “flavoured”, a clean slate, per se,  so you can customize it to your liking
  • It seemed to make a larger serving than the rest
  • For me, it was the most filling of the lot
  • I like to add coconut butter and carob chips for a great breakfast!
A few notes about the oats for you;
  • The suggested amount of liquid is 1/2-2/3 of a cup.  I added a full cup (a cup and a quarter to the Flax Plus) because otherwise it was a bit too thick for my liking.
  • I preferred making this in the microwave to the kettle.  The results were thicker and creamier.
  • Each pouch makes a generous sized serving.  More so than “other” brands where I feel I need to make 2 packs.
  • It does cost a bit more than “other” brands, but I find the quality and the fact that the serving is larger more than worth an extra dollar or 2.
  • Quick, easy, satisfying breakfast OR snack!
  • This will be a product that appears in my grocery cart more often than not from now on
I was also sent a box of Whole O’sIMG_2915
I can’t seem to find my photo, but I did enjoy a bowl of these with USAB and blueberries.  Let me tell you; if you like Cheerios, you will LOVE Whole O’s!  They were light, airy, crisp and I could not tell that they were gluten free.  The kids have been enjoying them, too.  DD likes hers with sliced banana and DS ate them straight up out of a Ziploc bag for a snack at camp last week.  Next week I’ll be buying a box to replenish the one I sent. 
So tell me, did you find this review helpful?  Have you tried any of these cereals?  If so, which one(s) and what did you think???  Reader comments help make a great review, too so come on out of the woods and let us know!!
Bye for now!!


  1. Nature's Path totally rocks. I haven't tried their flax plus. Yes, the review was helpful! I always use these reviews for future purchases when I trust the blog writers opinions (like yours!)

  2. great review! I'd love to try the cherrios and the flax one ;)

  3. I have to agree, Natures Path has amazing products! LOVE their cereals! I actually have only tried the flax oatmeal , and it is my fave, I like plain oats and adding my own stuff into it : )

    The cereal I tried before too and love it!

    I see you got some yummy goodies at target in your earlier post, LOVE the smores clif z bars, Im so glad they have that flavor all the time now, they used to only have it for halloween!

    Hope you have a great Sunday! xoxo

  4. When I did eat the "other" packets, I did always eat two. They were very small servings, and one packet never filled me up. I was always hungry about an hour afterwards.

  5. I saw "Maple Nut" and was sold. ;)

  6. Oooo these look divine! Ok, I would have no idea which oatmeal to try first! I think I would have rocked the maple oat first...mmm...

    I love cereal! it is dangerous for me :|


  7. Thanks for the great reviews, Krista! The Maple Nut sounds amazing!

  8. I love Nature's Path too... by far the best of the best! Loved your reviews, i'm going to have to check out the ingredient list on the "Whole O's".. see if I can eat them! I love Cheerios! :)

  9. Great reviews! I really enjoyed the Whole O's as well--they are my new "Cheerios"!


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