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I love oatmeal but it doesn't keep me full.


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I love instant oatmeal for breakfast, but I'm hungry an hour later. Should I add some protein powder or something to it? I usually make the Quaker instant oatmeal or something similar.
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are you eating the plain kind? if you are thats good...maybe you should add some fruit to it? or if you are eating just one packet if your calories allow it maybe have two instead of one packet....oatmeal should be very filling......drink a class of skim milk or have some o.j. with it....or a piece of toast....I think maybe it's just that you are not eating enough in the morning...is oatmeal the only thing you eat in the morn?
Really? Wow i eat it with a large peach cut up into it and it keeps me really full.  If you aren't making it with milk, try that instead. 
the same thing happens to me

I am using this steel cut whole wheat scottish oatmeal bought from a health food store which you have to simmer for about 1/2 hr

I only add fruit ie strawberries, blueberries and a couple of rasberries I mix in golden ground flax seed and about a 1/4 of sliced banana and add natural soy milk and also I throw in a few chopped walnuts (just a few)

I eat that at 6:30 am and now it is 9:30 and I am hungry

dang!
protein powder in oatmeal...thats actually not a bad idea

i love oatmeal too, i eat plain instant from the big tubs since its so much cheaper and healthier than the prepackaged

i always add something like dried cherries and honey and milk and have a piece of fruit either an hour or two before or after since it doesnt satisfy my hunger all morning either
   Hmmm add more protein with breakfast.  Even low GI carbs like oatmeal digest within 2 hours mabye sometimes a little more.  Protein however can take up to 4 hours to digest completely thus keeping you full for a much longer length of time.   Mabye make 1 scrambled egg or 1/4 cup of egg whites with your morning oatmeal.  The egg whites are only 30 calories and give a good amount of complete proteins.  Try it for a few days see if it amkes a difference.  

   Also if your metabolism is working at max levels you should be hungry after 3 hours.  A low dense calorie source like a apple is perfect at these times to last you untill lunch.
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This week I've had coffee with FF cream at home and then I eat a quick bowl of instant oatmeal at my desk when I get to work. I have had back to back early meetings at work this week and I was really doing it for the convenience factor. (Just open a pack, add some hot water and stir.) I have to be at work at 7am, and if I eat at home before I leave for work, I'm hungry mid-morning anyway, so I was really trying to eat when I got to work.  I usually don't even get hungry until 7:30 anyway.
I know it takes longer, but I only eat the old fashion oats--no instant
for me. I find the instant doesn't stick to my ribs as well. Dunno
why--it's the same amount of cals, apparently. But the good thing about
old fashioned oats is that you can make a big batch ahead of time, keep
it in the fridge, portion out a 1 cup serving, put it in a plastic
container, and heat it up at work in the microwave like you would
instant. Maybe that might fill you up? Also, as was suggested, adding
fruit or berries or even nuts if you spare the cals will really make it
hearty. And protein powder, as someone said (although I think that
stuff always ruins the taste of my oats, so I leave the powder for my
fruit shakes).
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I never thought about making it the night before (duh!) what a great idea. I think I'll try it. Thanks! I always learn so much from all of you. I keep seeing McCann's old fashion oatmeal at the store.  I think I'll pick some up this week.
oh, and kas_to: I would think eating at 9:30 would be fine, if your
last meal was at 6:30. I eat somethinng every two to three hours.
Nothing big: just somehting between 100-400 cals. I kinda like that.
It's better than how I was eating before: one or two HUGE meals, with
many hours between each eating session. Yuck. Fertile ground for
binge-o-rama.
Add 1/4 cup of Flax seeds to your oatmeal.  I had the same problem.  By the time I was a work, I'd be hungry again.  Flax seeds will not only keep you full longer it's also very good for you.

I also put 1/2 cup of blue berries in mine too.
I love oatmeal and it wasn't filling me up, either. Now I have 1 cup oatmeal, 1 banana, 1 waffle, 1 orange, 1 cup coffee, 8 0z fat free milk to put on the oatmeal and in the coffee, and it fills me up, for ~500 cals.
Nubiker

WOW, that's a breakfast! 
I found that if I buy the "weight control" kind with extra protein, it keeps me full.  The regular instant stuff doesn't do it for me.
i recently tried plain oat bran- 1/2 cup dry is only 150 calories- and i can barely finish a whole serving - it fills me up!    i sprinle cinnamon and splenda on it and put a little milk too. has any one else had it before? i also sometimes make a packet of plain oatmeal with splenda and blueberries- which comes to about 120 cals- and then a hard boiled egg- 70 cals. and you get more protein that way.


I have oatmeal almost every day... totally love it for breakfast!!  I usually dump some raisins on it (but raisins don't get a good grade, boo!) and a lil sprinkle of brown sugar.
when I cave I buy a choc chip oatmeal cookie on my break it says is 0 trans fat and high in iron and is 140 cal and that curbs my appetite but likely has too much sugar in it
If you're using the kind with tons of sugar, that could be the problem.  I can't eat really sugary foods for meals because they cause my blood sugar to spike and then drop shortly after.  I am hypoglycemic, however.  But  something similar could be happening with you as well. 

I make the old fashioned kind, the quick oats.  I mix 1/2 cup of oatmeal with 1 cup of hot water, microwave for 1 1/2 minutes and add sweetener, cinnamon and a tablespoon of raisins. It's about 190 calories or so.  It fills me up for a couple of hours, but often I don't eat until 9'ish so by the time I get hungry, it's almost time for lunch.  I am a stay at home mom though, so my schedule is different than your's.
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What is even better than old fashioned oatmeal is "steel cut oats". 

As we all know, the less processed a food is, the better it is for you.  In the case of steel cut oats it is pretty much the whole oat, cut several times including germ, casing, and other good stuff...essentially equating to the whole grain with more fiber and nutrition.  The only down side to steel cut oats is that it takes a bit longer to cook.  In my experience it takes about 10 minutes to cook.

You can usually find this in the bulk bins in an organic food store.  I've also seen Quaker steel cut oats, however not all grocers carry it.
The instant oatmeal is pretty much what i have every morning. I've never used flaxseed or protien powders in oatmeal...I don't even know where to purchase them.

Oatmeal taste good and can be filling, but as some of you mentioned sometimes it does not stick to as you would like it too.

I 've had it with milk and water..and now that I've read every's post I'm convinced tha the milk may be the added ingredient that keeps me full longer when i eat it. I also have the old fashion oats as well. I've had it in a glass jar for about 3 months, does anyone know the shel life on oatmeal??
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the more instant and easy a food is, the worse it is for you. I would eat the other oatmeal that takes longer to cook. I eat the one that takes around 2 minutes. I buy Muscle Milk protein in the carton and pour it over the top. sometimes I mix a little protein powder with milk and pour that over the top.

I will also protein with that meal, such as a few egg whites and 1 yolk or Turkey bacon. Protein and fats keep you feeling full and satisfied. Everyone here had great ideas.

L
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