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Comparing Nutritional Value of Oatmeal vs. Granola

Let's Break It Down: Oatmeal vs. Granola

Some like it hot . . . some like it cold. During these brisk snow ridden months, oatmeal is almost irresistible. Unless, however, there's granola on the table. While I like both of the breakfast foods, I'm often partial to the chillier bowl topped with strawberries and bananas. Then again, a steaming porridge complete with pumpkin goodness is pretty hard to turn down. So perhaps knowing the nutritional value of each will help you and yours truly decide which one to turn to more often, especially for the duration of the seemingly long Winter season.

Ready to see the comparison?

One Packet Instant Cinnamon Spice Oatmeal

One Cup Lowfat Granola With 6-ounces Nonfat Yogurt

One Cup Lowfat Granola With One Cup Skim Milk

Total Fat (g)
Carbs (g)
Fiber (g)
Sugar (g)
Protein (g)

You certainly expect to see a difference but are you surprised to see how stark it is? While the fiber and fat content remain relatively the same between the three options, the calories, carbs, sugar, and protein stats are all very different. In almost all of those categories, the oatmeal wins the race by a mile. Protein is the only section where the granola is the front-runner. The oatmeal offers half the calories, half the sugar, and equal amounts of fiber. If one does opt for granola, the healthier option seems to be the skim milk choice as the yogurt, even fat-free, packs on the sugar and carbs. The bright side to the granola options? Both the skim milk and yogurt bring a good dose of calcium to the table.

Which one do you prefer?

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Spectra Spectra 6 years
Granola usually has a lot of calories. I try to avoid it and stick with oatmeal, only because if I sprinkle cinnamon and vanilla on my oatmeal, it's not that different than granola and it has a lot fewer calories.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 6 years
All last spring and summer I was mixing yogurt and granola with fresh fruits. Now all fall and so far this winter I've been having oatmeal mixed with anything that suits my fancy. I love them both equally :) My hubby nearly danced with joy the other day when he saw some vanilla granola on sale in the bulk section. The 3lbs he bought didn't last the week. lol, Though he normally eats one of those packaged oatmeals for lunch.
Mandi-Villa Mandi-Villa 6 years
I'm all about greek yogurt and granola with almonds and flax seed. I eat it every morning and never get sick of it. Even though oatmeal is less calories I don't think I'll be switching over anytime soon.
Maddiexox Maddiexox 6 years
I eat raw rolled oats, with half a banana or a few cut up strawberries and organic soy milk :)
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