July 31, 2011

in breakfast, product review

Every couple months I get together with a group of industry folks for a volunteer meeting. We take turns organizing, and soon it’s my turn to do the leading. We’re using the food blog to reach out to companies for meal donations, which is why you’re seeing so many new product deliveries lately!!!

Umpqua Oats (named after the Umpqua Valley in Oregon) sent a very generous package…


…30 single-serve oatmeals in recycled containers – 6 cleverly-named varieties


You can buy them online or find them in stores. (Also, check out their facebook and twitter pages!)

It’ll be nice to have a warm + nutritious selection to round out the continental breakfast spread. All you need to do is add hot water and cover.


This morning I met up with my fellow organizers. Taste tested the product first:


Time Out” – like all their flavors, they’re made with whole rolled oats and natural ingredients


You can definitely taste the chocolate, coconut, and peanut butter in there. It’s also not too sweet – I added a little extra Stevia


Really delicious and hearty (I was full for 4.5 hours)


Also super convenient – eaten on the drive to Grace’s


Her hubby had baked fresh strawberry muffins!!! I was still too Umpqua’d.


So Grace sent us home with a couple, plus fresh black mission figs from her backyard:


I’m a fig fanatic and was in heaven picking these!


Snacked on a couple back at home…


…along with a plum bought at the Farmer’s Market:


Happy Sunday!!!


1 livinglearningeating July 31, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Yum! I don’t think I’ve ever had a raw fig…and I love product reviews, they’re so useful :)

2 vanillasugarblog July 31, 2011 at 3:29 pm

you get the best stuff.
i want these now
i LOVE kicked up oatmeal for brekkie.
if i don’t eat oatmeal, i eat crap.
oatmeal kills sugar cravings for hours on end

3 Sara K July 31, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Those umpqua containers are so cute! Ahh how I wish I had a fig tree! When I lived in Dubai we had several banana and guava trees in our yard which yielded a lot of great fruit

4 She July 31, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Happy Sunday indeed!

5 Jackie July 31, 2011 at 3:44 pm

The oatmeal sounds great for a quick breakfast on the run. It would be perfect for the kids on school mornings.

6 sophia July 31, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Wow, that’s adorable. They won’t fill me up with that size, but I like the look of the whole oats in there, and the flavors sound interesting.

7 Maris (In Good Taste) July 31, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Happy Sunday!!!

8 coffeeandthepaper July 31, 2011 at 4:39 pm

I’ve seen those oats at the Coffee Tree Roasters in my hometown. The look so darn cute!

I want to try figs so bad. I associate them with California for some reason.

9 Julie (A Case of the Runs) July 31, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Those portable oatmeal cups look great! They have similar cups at Jamba… which I also love!

10 Lauren July 31, 2011 at 6:01 pm

My local coffee shop just started carrying these. I can’t wait to try them!

11 Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine July 31, 2011 at 7:01 pm

my local coffee shop sells those! (Or something extreeeemely similar looking). They are so expensive though… I may need to wait til pay day (:

12 jranolajoyce July 31, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Oh, wow.
those figs…look… AMAZING!

13 Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats July 31, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Mmm those oatmeal mixes look interesting!

14 Ellie | Gourmand Recipes August 1, 2011 at 1:57 am

Love finding out new products and reading about them. Thanks for sharing

15 Karen @ She Flies With Her Own Wings August 1, 2011 at 3:03 am

Yum! Umpqua is a local company (I’m from Oregon) and they sell the single serve oats in our university bookstore, but I’ve actually never tried them! The one you had sounds delicious, I’m going to keep that in mind when I need a quick meal!

I’ve never had a fresh fig before and those look delicious! Fresh fruit (straight from the tree) really puts everything else to shame.

16 Sues August 1, 2011 at 5:32 am

Those oatmeals look amazing! As easy as it is to make, I’m often too lazy to make oatmeal in the morning, so these would be perfect. Love all the flavors, too!

17 Allywan August 1, 2011 at 7:11 am

Love Unpqua oats. Don’t really love the price though. Just a wee bit pricey for my taste. But I love the lei’d back flavor.

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