I was actually looking for Quaker Weight Control Oatmeal (after reading Jeffrey's comment about losing 15 pounds from eating it every morning), but the red box of Sturm's Cranberry Whole Grain Oatmeal caught my attention. I looked more closely and saw, "No Sugar Added, Whole Grain, Healthy for Your Heart, Made with Flax Seeds and Plant Sterols" - all on the front panel. How could I not buy this instead? So I grabbed a box and into my grocery cart it went.
The next morning, it took me all of 2 minutes to prepare this, and it was really delish . The directions are to add 1/2 cup of water, stir and microwave for 2-3 minutes. That will result in a very THICK oatmeal, so don't be afraid to add more - I usually add about 3/4 cup. The oatmeal has a natural, fresh taste - not as sweet as some other oatmeal, but I didn't miss it. There are enough cranberries sprinkled throughout to add a pleasant contrasting flavor in every few spoonfuls. It's also very filling - I have been having this oatmeal every morning for breakfast, and I don't even think about food until lunch time.
Each 36 gram packet provides 120 calories, 4% of the RDA for total fat (2.5 grams), no saturated fat, a low 4% of the RDA for sodium (90 mg), 4 grams of protein and 21 grams of total carbohydrates which includes 20% of the RDA for fiber (6 grams) and only 1 gram of sugar. The alternative sweeteners used are aspartame and acesulfame K - but there is no aftertaste.
This has 4 grams of soluble fiber compared to Live Active Nut Harvest Crunch Cereal which touts their 3 grams (of soluble fiber) as being good for digestive health (read the review). Soluble fiber is a prebiotic and helps promote digestive health.
A box with 8 packs cost $2.78 at the time of purchase, which was money well spent. If I had to choose between this and Quaker Weight Control Oatmeal, I would give this the edge.