Monday, January 24, 2011

Shape Up Series: Taste Testing McDonald’s Fruit and Maple Oatmeal

By: Finance Foodie

It’s Monday! And you know what that means – it’s time for my weekly weigh in! Now, I’ve gotten a few comments/criticisms about this Shape Up series on how short term diets are not the key to long term weight loss. Therefore, I feel the need to re-address the purpose of these posts: First, the 10 lbs I gain over the holidays is something that happens almost every year (bad on my part, but pretty much unavoidable with all the delicious homemade food at home), so this Shape Up is what I do EVERY WINTER so I can get back to 130lbs, the weight I keep during other ~300 days of the year. I've been 130lbs for about 5 years now and it’s the weight I feel most comfortable at (where I can eat healthy most of the time, but still indulge once in a while). Furthermore, even after I lose my 10lbs, I still plan to use/eat all the tips, recipes, and food options I've posted -- and I encourage you to do the same!
This is what 130 lbs looks like!
With that off my back, let's get on to the recap of last week!

Height: 5'1''
Goal Weight: 130lbs
Week 1: 140lbs (Starting Point)
Week 2: 138lbs
Week 3: 137lbs
Week 4: 136lbs (almost halfway there!)

Goal Body Fat: 20.0%
Week 1: 25.0%
Week 2: 24.0%
Week 3: 24.0%
Week 3: 23.5%

Exercise Plan (and actual results in red)
Day 1: 45 minutes on the elipitcal trainer, level 5 – Check!
Day 2: 30 minutes on the recumbent bicycle, level 7; 30 minutes weight training using 5lb to 8lb weights – Check!
Day 3: 45 minutes on the treadmill, speed 3.5, incline 2.0 – Check!
Day 4: 30 minutes on the recumbent bicycle, level 7; 30 minutes ExerciseTV’s Cardiokie with Billy Blanks Jr.; 30 minutes weight training using 5lb to 8lb weight – It was a snowy slushy cold mess outside, and I didn’t want to slip and break a hip to go to the gym. Thank God for ExerciseTV from On Demand and my hand weights at home. Plus I got to change my routine up a bit…Check!
Day 5: 30 minutes on the elipitcal trainer, level 5; 10 minutes on the recumbent bicycle, level 7 – Check!
Day 6 &7: Rest – An Easy Check!

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by the McDonald's team to taste test their new Fruit and Maple Oatmeal from the breakfast menu. Since I’ve had high cholesterol pretty much my entire life (d*mn genetics!), I try to eat oatmeal regularly for breakfast, due to its magical cholesterol reducing abilities and ease of preparation. Frankly, I was highly skeptical that McDonald's oatmeal would be palatable, but given that their recent healthier menu items (fruit smoothies, salads, yogurt parfaits, etc) have been actually tasty, I decided to give it chance on one frightfully chilly Boston morning.
WOW! Color me shocked because this $1.99 bowl of heart attack prevention tasted much better than my usual Instant Quaker Oats. The generous portion of fresh sliced apples, raisins, and dried cranberries really gave the oatmeal a nice flavor profile and meshed well with the hint of maple flavor. But the best thing? This bowl only contains 290 calories and kept me full and satisfied until lunch (full nutrition profile here)!

***Giveaway***
Congrats Frank (Grand Prize) and Lara @ GoodCookDoris (1st Prize)!

I totally applaud McDonald's push for healthier menu items (that still taste good), so I am offering a $25 gift card (I don't mind if you spend it on fries and a Big Mac, but I totally recommend you try the oatmeal/smoothies/healthy menu items!) and 2 coupons to try their new Fruit and Maple Oatmeal for two financefoodie.com readers.

Grand Prize: $25 Arch Card (the Mickey D's gift card) - one winner
1st Prize: 2 free product coupons for McDonald's Fruit and Maple Oatmeal - one winner

There are THREE ways to enter 
1. REQUIRED: In my comments section, tell me what is your favorite oatmeal topping? (Mine is fresh strawberries - maybe McDonald's can add that in their oatmeal too (Hint Hint)!). Also please include your email address so I can contact you if you win!
2. Follow Finance Foodie on Twitter (leave separate comment telling me this)
3. Reblog / Retweet this giveaway (leave separate comment telling me this)

Contest ends Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 5pm EST. Winners will be chosen via random integer generator on random.org announced on the financefoodie.com site shortly afterwards that night! 

Disclosure: McDonald's provided me with the free product coupons to try the product and for the giveaway. I bought the Arch Card myself. 

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Paige said...

My favorite oatmeal topping is rown sugar and bananas! Thanks for the chance to win! paigejagan at yahoo dot com

Stephanie @ The Cookie Battle said...

My favorite oatmeal topping by far is walnuts and pumpkin butter. Even when its not fall!

Stephanie @ The Cookie Battle said...

I already follow you on twitter :)

5webs said...

My favorite oatmeal topping is fried apples with cinnamon and toasted pecans.
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Pat said...

Blueberries is my favorite oatmeal topping.
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KPort207 said...

My favorite oatmeal topping is raisins.

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shezcrafti said...

My fave oatmeal topping is a splash of milk or cream. I like to keep it simple. :)

mina said...

Congrats on the weight loss!
I like brown sugar on my oatmeal.

slb3334 said...

I like brown sugar on mine.

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Amber said...

My favorite oatmeal topping is blueberries and brown sugar!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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Amber said...

I follow you @financefoodie1 on Twitter - I'm @AmberGoo
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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Amber said...

I tweeted: http://twitter.com/AmberGoo/status/29564395084324864
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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Lisaangellvr said...

I like bluberries on oatmeal :)

Anonymous said...

I enjoy apples but if possible with a little cinnamon.

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Kimberly said...

I usually have Quaker old-fashion oatmeal every morning and I top it with dried cranberries and lots of cinnamon...Delicious!

Kimberly said...

I'm following on Twitter @jazzchild32.

AubreyLaine said...

Favorite oatmeal topping:
blueberries
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AubreyLaine said...

I like you on Twitter.
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mlswin@triad.rr.com said...

bananas & a little cinnamon

mar said...

My favorite oatmeal topping is brown sugar!

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Lara @ GoodCookDoris said...

I love to add maple syrup! And sometimes a swirl of almond butter or peanut butter.

Lara @ GoodCookDoris said...

I follow on twitter!!

diesel51 said...

I love to put fresh cherries on top of the oatmeal. Nuts like chopped almonds or walnuts taste good too.

Anonymous said...

butter and brown sugar!rob,rf60527@att.net

Mysharona said...

Mine is raisins.

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Stephanie said...

fave topping is brown sugar and bananas
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curtileniea@gmail.com said...

Bananas is great topping on oatmeal.

Linda said...

I like to put slices of peaches on top of my oatmeal!
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mistee said...

My favorite oatmeal topping is raisins.

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mistee said...

I follow you on Twitter. @misteedawnw

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Lentil said...

Okay, this probably isn't a "healthy diet solution", but I love milk chocolate chips on my oatmeal!

samsakara said...

I would say pineapples for a topping

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McKim said...

I love oatmeal with raisins and brown sugar.
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csue said...

I like bananas, but in it, not on it.

Crystal said...

I like blueberries and peach :)

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AlmaNYC said...

I like maple syrup and cinnamon on mine.

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agatewood1 said...

My favorite oatmeal topping is brown sugar and cinnamon...probably not the healthiest but I love it!
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agatewood1 said...

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Anonymous said...

I like brown sugar on my oatmeal
Thanks so much.
Cathy Truman
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Anonymous said...

My favorite oatmeal topping is dried tart cherries, with walnuts sprinkled on top.
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Frank said...

Cinnamon sugar is my favorite!

fwilliams77 at yahoo dot com

River said...

I like raisins, cinnamon, apple chunks and brown sugar on my oatmeal SSSOOO good :-O. Gonna Win Rivercool99@hotmail.com

Ashley and Noelle said...

Brown sugar is my fav!

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Liz said...

My favorite oatmeal toppings are peanut butter or maple syrup.

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Mami2jcn said...

I like banana topping on my oatmeal.

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Liz said...

I follow you on twitter @bobthebunny25

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Mami2jcn said...

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Erica said...

My favorite topping is brown sugar!

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charity/ccboobooy said...

My favorite oatmeal topping is nuts and berries.


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BowieTip said...

Irish butter is the best topping for me.

Hope to win!

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Tiffany said...

Favorite oatmeal topping is Cinnamon

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Tiffany said...

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pattycake said...

like a mix of dried fruits in oatmeal

pattycake said...

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Kiara said...

My favorite oatmeal topping is brown sugar.
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Cynthia24x7 said...

my fav topping is brown sugar. c(dot)hort@cox.net

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peg42 said...

My favorite is cinnamon and sliced peaches.
Thanks so much.
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Mari said...

I like blueberries and stevia.

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peg42 said...

I'm a Twitter follower (peg42)
Thanks again
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Mari said...

I follow on twitter (LuckyDuckyToo)

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Benita said...

My favorite oatmeal topping is sliced banana, sprinkled cinnamon and a drizzle of honey. Yum!

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wallindeb said...

I love just a bit of cinnamon and a few raisins.

wallindeb said...

I follow you on twitter.

Lisa Weidknecht said...

Cinnamon Sugar and Raisins!

Anonymous said...

I just like plain brown sugar on my oatmeal...

Thank you, rachel70802002@yahoo.com

lkvoyer said...

Favorite oatmeal topping is brown sugar and craisins. LKVOYER at aol dot com

lkvoyer said...

Already following on Twitter @dancersmom69. LKVOYER at aol dot com

CAROLINA said...

My perfect bowl of oatmeal contains raisins, a sprinkling of cinnamon and swirls of honey.

cstironkat said...

My favorite topping is cinnamon and apples.

llinda29 said...

mine is raisons

susie said...

my favorite oatmeal topping is margarine and a little low-cal sugar. Love it!

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susie said...

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susie said...

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coliebear said...

I like honey in mine.
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pmernick said...

I like to chop up dried fruit - apricots, raisins, cranberries, etc. and add milk and a little brown sugar.
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pmernick said...

I like to chop up dried fruit - apricots, cranberries, raisins, etc. and add milk and brown sugar.
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pmernick said...

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pmernick said...

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Liz G. said...

Definitely strawberries. I'm wicked psyched to see that they offer one of my favorite breakfasts.

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sohamolina said...

I like rspberries as topping.

sohamolina said...

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Lesley Mitchell said...

My favorite topping is raisins.
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amber gi said...

i really like maple syrup,peaches and cinnamon!
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Anonymous said...

My favorite oatmeal topping is pecans, if I have them. But always brown sugar and milk.
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amber gi said...

i follow u on twitter already!
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Anonymous said...

Twitter follower
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Anonymous said...

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kendra22 said...

just plain ole cinnamon and sugar--fruit if I have it around, thanks for the chance
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Katie said...

I love dried cherries and cinnamon.
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jlafount said...

Apple pieces

Daniel M said...

bananas! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

JACLYN said...

Cut up bananas are my fav topping!

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Sylvia said...

My favorite oatmeal topping is blueberries with a dash of honey

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Mia J. said...

My favorite topping is brown sugar.

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MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

looking great blueberries mrs.mommyyatgmail

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dt said...

I like banana topping

Hotsnotty2 said...

I love either strawberries or blueberries, thanks!

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Rebecca Graham said...

I like blueberries on oatmeal.

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freddie said...

My favorite oatmeal topping is raisins. dwelchert@yahoo.com

Rebecca Graham said...

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freddie said...

I follow you on Twitter/flipper211 dwelchert@yahoo.com

freddie said...

I tweeted giveaway. http://twitter.com/#!/flipper211/status/29794568778027008 dwelchert@yahoo.com

Debbie C said...

My favorite oatmeal topping is cinnamon, brown sugar and chopped pecans.

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BethElderton said...

I love butter and brown sugar and raisins with my oatmeal.
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Sherry said...

RIBEYE said...

I like cinnamon and brown sugar on my oatmeal.

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ferriz said...

i love brown sugar and some kind of nut. walnut or almond slivers. oh and currants but they are impossible to find so sometimes i add banana or dried cranberry...

speaking of banana... your post made me hungry so i think i am going to grab one. yum!

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ferriz said...

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zulugrid said...

I like brown sugar on my oatmeal

KGoodson said...

My favorite is just milk with sprinkle of Splenda. But did you know the maple flavoring at Mac Donalds is made from the bark of a bush and doesn't come from any real maple syrup?

Andrea D said...

mine is blueberries

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GALENA said...

DICED APPLES AN CINNAMON

Sarah said...

Raisins, brown sugar and cinnamon.

Sarah said...

Following on Twitter @sarohoian

Nicole C. said...

My favorite topping is brown sugar.

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Julie said...

My favorite is blueberries
thanks
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April said...

Blueberries are my fave topping.

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Desmond said...

I prefer strawberries

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Bekah said...

My favorite topping is brown sugar and pecans.
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Kristy said...

My fav oatmeal topping is bananas! :)

Kristy said...

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Julie Vineyard said...

I like to top mine with blackberries.

crystletellerday said...

i like putting bananas in my oatmeal crystletellerday@yahoo.com

Jolene said...

i like peanut butter and bananas in my oatmeal

brandy said...

my favorite topping is berries
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Jessica said...

I love peaches and cream, yum!
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Jessica said...

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Jessica said...

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Deb F. said...

My favorite oatmeal toppings are cinnamon and brown sugar.

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Karin said...

Sometimes a few sliced banana pieces, but usually just milk.

My grandma lived to be 95 and she ate oatmeal every morning for breakfast. So it's definitely a healthy food choice! (or maybe she just had good genes!) Perhaps a little of both.

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kroch said...

I love cinnamon and apples in my oatmeal

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Peace Love and Pets said...

My favorite Oatmeal topping is raisins and Brown Sugar

Peace Love and Pets said...

I tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/eyzofblu63/status/29947692184506368

Toystory said...

I get to be #100 -- My favorite topping is honey and some nuts. I can't have fruit darn it.
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Toystory said...

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Jenn S. said...

My favorite oatmeal topping is cinnamon and a tiny bit of brown sugar.

Jenn S. said...

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mogrill said...

Kinda wierd but mine is walnuts and chocolate chips.
Thanks for the chance.
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Bonnie said...

sliced peaches would be my favorite topping
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PAIGE said...

My favorite topping is brown sugar.
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Tipper said...

I love brown sugar on my oatmeal.

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skatalack said...

just brown sugar is great

Andria said...

I like almonds and dried cranberries.

Tarah said...

I love cinnamon and strawberries

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Tarah said...

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Tarah said...

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Kristy Thiel said...

My favorite is a little milk, and some brown sugar! YUM! thanks for hosting!

bukaeyes said...

Apples and Cinnamon! Love that on Oatmeal!
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bukaeyes said...

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kygirl said...

My favorite is cinnamon and brown sugar.
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chazvgo said...

I like to add pecans and walnuts to oatmeal :)

chazvgo said...

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Erica C. said...

I like slices of banana on mine oatmeal.

Mama Zen said...

I like a little cinnamon!

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Deb K said...

Brown Sugar is my favorite topping!

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Deb K said...

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Kitty Cardero said...

I like my oatmeal with brown sugar and cinnamon.

Kitty Cardero said...

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Melissa said...

My favorite oatmeal topping is fresh blueberries and lots of cinnamon!

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Tammy said...

I like honey!

Heather said...

I like apples and raisins!

A Small Dose of Common Sense said...

I love to add peanut butter.

sksweeps said...

My current favorite oatmeal topping is homedried raisins, home canned spiced apple slices (think apple pie), flax seed and (bad) a splash of flavored creamer (think pumpkin pie spice, or french vanilla) and non fat milk.

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Anonymous said...

I always add cinnamon and raisins to my oatmeal. You are looking great btw, keep it up, I know you'll make it.
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John Stetson said...

I love raisins. They add just the right touch of sweetness.
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Anonymous said...

My favorite topping are raisons and sunflower seeds

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tallcapp said...

My favorite oatmeal topping is crushed walnuts.

Meredith said...

I love brown sugar on mine!

Anonymous said...

I like a small amount of brown sugar!

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Nancy said...

I like to stir a bit of peanut butter in my oatmeal.

Nancy
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Lois said...

Hi and Happy Tuesday! :) And usually just bananas on the top. :)

Lois
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buzzd said...

I like bananas and almonds

ohstac said...

I like sliced bananas on my oatmeal.
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Deb said...

I totally love sliced bananas in my oatmeal.

Deb said...

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DEBIJOT said...

My favorite topping is brown sugar.

DEBIJOT said...

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hmb said...

My favorite oatmeal topping is brown sugar.

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Erin G said...

I like blueberries in mine

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Anonymous said...

My fav topping is bananas.
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susan1215 said...

I like raisins and apples

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bkeg said...

I love raisins & brown sugar.

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