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Fast Food Oatmeal - Is it a healthy choice?

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Oatmeal


Oatmeal is the hottest new menu item, popping up at a numerous coffee shops and fast food joints around the city.

Even McDonald's is selling it at its US restaurants. But is it really a healthy choice?

Below you will find a comparison of the oatmeal available at three different food chains; Starbuck's, Tim Hortons and Timothy's. While none of these options are as healthy as making your own oatmeal at home, I've provided some tips to help you make the best choices out of what is available.

 

 


Starbuck's


Tim Hortons


Timothy's


Price


$3.49

$1.99


$3.29


Cooking Method


Instant - cooked with hot water


Slow cooked


Instant - cooked in steamed milk


Type of Oats


Rolled oats + oat bran


Rolled oats


Quaker quick oats




What's Added

Guar gum and caramel colour in the oatmeal and sulphites, sugar and sunflower oil in the dried fruit mix


Sugar, salt and
sunflower oil


Just the steamed milk (hot water can be used instead by request)

Sweetener
Options


Brown sugar


Mixed berry and brown sugar or Maple and brown sugar flavour options


Honey or brown sugar


Toppings
Available

Nut mix (almonds, walnuts, pecans) and dried fruit mix


See above


Granola or raisins

 


Recommendations

 


Ask for it without the dried fruit mix or brown sugar and add nut mix and honey instead


Ask for the plain oatmeal and request the mixed berries without the brown sugar


Ask for it to be cooked in hot water instead of milk and skip the sweetened granola and brown sugar



Aviva Allen is one of Toronto's leading Kids' Nutritionists specializing in helping parents deal with their picky eaters. Inspired by her two young boys' adventures in food, Aviva helps children and their families establish healthy eating habits through her nutritional counselling, offering consultations via phone or Skype. Aviva is also the founder of Healthy Moms Toronto, helping connect like-minded moms throughout the GTA.

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Aviva Allen is one of  Toronto's leading Kids' Nutritionists specializing in helping parents deal with their picky eaters.

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