I like to eat steel cut oatmeal for breakfast, especially on cold mornings or before a race. It fills me up, but it doesn’t have very many calories. It’s easy to digest and isn’t likely to cause any stomach upsets before a race.
It takes about 30 minutes to make traditional steel cut oatmeal on the stovetop. I don’t have the time or the patience for that. I buy Trader Joe’s Quick Cook Steel Cut Oats, which take only about 7 minutes to make on the stovetop or in the microwave.
If that’s still too long for you, Trader Joe’s sells frozen Steelcut Oatmeal, which makes a perfect bowl of oatmeal in 3 minutes or less in the microwave. Each box of Trader Joe’s Frozen Steelcut Oatmeal contains two “pucks” of frozen, precooked oatmeal.
Each serving contains 150 calories, with 27 g of carbs, 5 g of protein, and 2.5 g of fat. The oatmeal is flavored and sweetened with maple syrup and brown sugar.
The other advantage of Trader Joe’s Frozen Steelcut Oatmeal is that you can prepare it easily in your hotel room before a race, if you have a fridge and microwave in your room. You can either bring it with you in a cooler or buy some a a Trader Joe’s at your destination. Each box sells for about $2.
If you want to make your own version of frozen steel cut oatmeal, you can make a large batch of oatmeal and freeze the leftover oatmeal in a muffin tin, silicone muffin cups, or small plastic Tupperware containers.
Have you tried Trader Joe’s Frozen Steelcut Oatmeal? Did you like it? What are some of your other favorite Trader Joe’s products.