Thursday, March 5, 2009

Reason #12: A New Breakfast is "Steeling" my Heart

Every morning I start off my day with the same breakfast – coffee and oatmeal. Oatmeal is warm, healthy, filling, and there are so many options for add-ins(berries, almonds, bananas, peanut butter, pumpkin, etc). My usual breakfast for the past few weeks includes mixing plain oatmeal (convenient and fast), a small banana, almonds, and a few cranberries together. While delicious, I was getting tired of the routine, and I wanted to start exploring other options. Thankfully, Jamba Juice just came out for a promotion for their limited time $1 steel-cut oatmeal! The oatmeal is slow-cooked (in soymilk) with brown sugar crumble and your choice of fruit topping (apple cinnamon, blueberry-blackberry, or fresh banana).

I decided to try out the oatmeal today, so I printed the coupon (good for all of March) and ran(ok, more like snuck) out of the office at 9:15am to order the oatmeal. After 45 minutes of waiting (I don’t want to even begin discussing the wait), I ran back to my office to taste the blueberry-blackberry oatmeal. Not going to lie, it was awesome. It was creamy with just the right amount of sweetness from the brown sugar crumbles and berries. It reminded me a bit of a blueberry crisp pie my Grandma use to make. Nonetheless, the serving was hearty (I was full three hours later!) and larger in portion than my usual oatmeal. My only complaint was that the berries were not fresh. Nutritionally wise, it seems good. 290 calories, 0 saturated fat, 6 grams of fiber, and 8 grams of protein. I plan to try the oatmeal again, with FRESH bananas next time, but Im not sure if the 45 minute wait was a rare occurrence or daily debacle.

Once March ends, here are some other delicious recipes I want to try from fellow bloggers:

Baked Banana Oatmeal
Oatmeal Brulee


  1. Oh my goodness. That looks so FREAKING GOOD! I eat oatmeal everyday as well - and the add ins are just whatever is in season. Right now it's strawberries and blueberries. How do they slow cook oatmeal in soymilk?

  2. Since I was at Jamba Juice for 45 minutes, I was able to observe how they cook the oats. First, they add hot boiling water to the oats - then stir in simmer for approximately 25 minutes - and then they stir in soy milk until the milk is absorbed. It gives it a thick and creamy taste! Delicious! Congrats on the PR on the 1/2 by the way!