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Bob’s Red Mill Oatmeal Review

I love oatmeal. Its quick to make and very filling. A great grab and go breakfast. Even better, Bob’s Red Mill make these quick cooking cups that are convenient when you’re running out the door.

Upon opening the cup, I was pretty impressed. You could see all the ingredients. The Oats, cinnamon, salt, apple chunks, chia seeds and flax seeds. There weren’t bits and pieces, they were whole oats and quality ingredients!


This was super easy to make too. I boiled water in my percolator and filled the cup up to the designated line.


Put the lid on it and waited the suggested 3 minutes. However, I felt like it needed a couple more mins to fully absorb all the water. Nonetheless, it was still quick. Once it was done doing it’s thing… it looked and smelled amazing!



If you’re used to eating a packaged oatmeal, say like Quaker Oats or some other conventional brand, you’ll notice that Bob’s Red Mill is not as sweet as the others. It doesn’t have all the extra added sugars and who knows what. Which you could see the difference, because it wasn’t powdery like the conventional brands. The only thing that I may add to the Bob’s Red Mill is a little more organic cinnamon.

The nutritional facts are great! For only 270 calories that filled me up, I was excited! Pair this with a banana and breakfast is complete!


Overall, this is a great oatmeal! I loved the apple chunks, as they don’t skip on the quality and amount! I had a bunch in every bite!  The one thing I will add though…..please wait for it to cool! Those little apple chunks can get super hot and will burn your mouth if you’re not careful!

I will definitely keep these oatmeal cups in my pantry at all times. My husband was a huge fan of the blueberry oatmeal that they carry. They run about $1.88 at the store, which is a great price for an all natural, gluten free breakfast!

If for some reason you don’t have Bob’s Red Mill at your store, you can also purchase them here in a 12 pack of multiple flavors.

What is your favorite kind of Oatmeal? Tell me down in the comments! 

CORE Foods Review

  Breakfast on the GO! 

Let’s start off the reviews with the most important meal of the day, breakfast! CORE Foods offers great oatmeal bars that you can grab right out of the refrigerator and head out the door.  CORE Meals are the only 100% organic, gluten-free packaged meals to go that don’t contain any added syrups, oil, salt, and preservatives. Perfect for breakfast, workouts, travel, outdoors, busy days, and anytime you need a healthy meal on the go.

I was excited when we got these, as we are always looking for quick meals for my husband to take to work in the morning. Convenience is always a plus.

When Joe and I first tried them, I think we were both a little surprised. I was expecting more of a moist granola bar, but this wasn’t the case. It’s a little drier, however the flavor is definitely there! We both felt satisfied and was able to go about our morning without being hungry again until lunch.

If you’re looking for that regular, sweet tasting meal bar to tide you over to lunch or dinner, this probably isn’t for you. Personally, I like this, because those meal replacement or snack bars make  me crave more, since they are sweet. The CORE bars, depending on the flavor has at most 17g of sugar, due to the raisins. All others, range around 6-8 grams. They pack a bunch of protein, healthy fats and fiber into the Meal bars, which is great!

There are 2 different kind of bars in 3 different flavors. Regular Meal bars….

 and Meal Whey bars..

Almond Raisin, Cashew Cacao and Walnut Banana.

Of the 3 flavors, Cashew Cacao was probably my least favorite. However, I still thought it was good. To me, it just didn’t have a whole lot of flavor. Next, I liked the Walnut Banana. It tasted like a not so sweet banana bread. I’d definitely order more of these. But most of all, I really liked the Almond Raisin. It is the sweetest of the 3 and it reminded me more of a cookie. However, like my complaints about sweet snack bars, it didn’t leave me craving more. I was satisfied.

The ingredients used are pretty straight forward. No extra fillers or additives, just as Cory Rennell the guy behind CORE Foods intended. He traveled all over, as he studied nutrition and wanted to keep the ingredients as pure and fresh as possible.

California Grown

Raw, sproutable, ground, small batch, & sustainably grown
Raw, sproutable, ground, small batch, & sustainably grown
Raw, sun-dried select miniatures for best flavor, never oiled
Whey Protein
Cold-concentrated, hormone-free, antibiotic-free, free-range, grass-fed
Local, de-ionized, and filtered using both carbon and particulate filtration

USA Grown

Rolled whole grain kernels, flash steamed (Colorado)
Raw, truly cold-milled, hand-selected seeds, never pressed for oil (North Dakota)

Internationally Grown

Raw, sproutable, ground, small batch, & sustainably grown(Vietnam)
Raw, freeze-dried, sustainably grown, no additives (Chile)
Cacao Mass
Fermented, dried, and roasted (Dominican Republic)
Cacao Powder
Raw, heirloom, and traditionally fermented (Dominican Republic)
Raw, sun-dried whole fruit shavings (Sri Lanka)
Vanilla Beans
Ground whole beans (Indonesia)
Ground raw whole bark (India)

Storage is key with these bars, in order to keep them fresh. 1 week in the pantry, 2 months in the refrigerator or 1 year frozen.

So overall, I really liked these and will continue to purchase them. If you’d like to try them, you can find a store closest to you, using their store locator.

Or you can buy directly from their site. 

I found that they can also be purchased on Amazon for roughly $45 for a 10 pack, so depending if you choose to do the subscribe and save option on their website, Amazon may be your better option.

I wanna hear from you! What is your favorite grab and go meal?