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Oatmeal smackdown: the healthiest fast-food oatmeals

By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., February 25, 2011 - 1:17pm

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I know it is probably more of a regional option, but I was disappointed to not see Chick-fil-a's multi-grain oatmeal. This is from their website:

140 Calories
3g Fat
4g Fiber
5g Sugars
0g Protein
0g Saturated Fat
0g Trans Fat
0mg Cholesterol
45mg Sodium
29g Carbohydrates
8% Iron
4% Calcium
0% Vitamin A
15% Vitamin C

Not included in this are the toppings -- I usually skip the nuts (give them to my husband for his yougurt) and the brown sugar / cinnamon mixture, but add the dried fruit. By the time I get it to work, it is starting to cool down a little and is very thick, so I add more water and heat it up. It is very filling and much better than that biscuit I could get ;)


10/06/2014 - 12:58pm

Jamba Juice oatmeal just sounds wierd


05/14/2013 - 10:06am

I wanted to weigh in and say thanks to Eating Well for posting this article. I was really surprised by the feedback it has gotten so far which I felt was harsh and bordering narrow-minded. As a reader, it was clear to me that the author was not condoning fast-food eating in place of hearty, home-cooked meals; but instead was taking a realistic look at the concept that Americans do at times eat on the go (and not always due to lack of knowledge about healthy eating). Sure, when one can avoid eating at a fast-food chain it's best, and we all know about the less-than-natural ingredients some locations use in their items, but there are inevitably times you find yourself in a pinch and end up searching for a semi-healthy option on a not-so-healthy menu. For those who feel a healthy-eating themed magazine shouldn't post about "not foods", it's time to get real. If we could all afford to eat 100% natural and had the time to cook each and every meal at home, we would. I will instead handle my occasional trip to a fast food stop well-armed with knowledge about my best options.


03/07/2011 - 5:02pm

What garbage. I'm sure your nutritional "facts" are sound but the fact that you make no mention of the preservatives and other chemicals McDonalds uses compared to making your own misses a big point.

It really appears that a website called "Eatingwell" decided it was ok for people to eat chemical "not-food" food, and wanted you to play a shill in order to sell more ads. Good job. So principled of you.

(my first, and last visit to this site)


03/02/2011 - 3:17pm

Thanks, LINDASFOSS, for your comment! Unfortunately, I couldn't calculate the added sugars for each oatmeal because I didn't have access to how much sugar each company added to their product. That additional information would be quite nice!


03/02/2011 - 1:13pm

You don't mention the sugar in any of those oatmeals, something far more important than the fat content.


03/01/2011 - 6:28pm

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