Gear Review: Quaker Real Medleys Summer Berry Instant Oatmeal

Spice up a backpacker's staple with this berry oatmeal from Quaker Oats.
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Spice up a backpacker's staple with this berry oatmeal from Quaker Oats.

Naturally high in fiber and packed with antioxidants, oatmeal’s well-deserved title as a “superfood” makes it a must-eat for hard-charging hikers. But what about its typical blandness and sometimes paste-like consistency?

Enter Quaker’s newest instant oatmeal, which ups the taste and texture with a mixed-in assortment of freeze-dried fruit—strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries—that sweetens and adds crunch. “The larger-than-average serving size provided a burst of carbs (50 grams) for thigh- and lung-burning days,” says one tester who ate this breakfast every morning of a 45-mile Wind River trek. Tip: Repack in zip-top bags. $2 (1 serving); 3.3 oz.; quakeroats.com