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Ramadan Ready: Seneca Farms Fruit and Oatmeal

Ramadan is about a week away and I’ve been busy starting to cook and freeze some of our staples for the month.  One thing that I always struggle with is eating breakfast.  During this month Muslims do not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset, and with this holiday falling in the summer that length of time is even longer.  I am so guilty of not waking up to eat breakfast or suhoor.  Call me lazy but when I know I have to get up early and get to work all day I just can’t get myself to eat breakfast at 3am.  I’m really not much of a breakfast person anytime but especially not during this month.
I had the opportunity to try out Seneca Farms Fruit & Oatmeal this week and am really excited that this might make my upcoming month (and life!) easier.  On Monday I was running out to work late after being gone to Midwest Mom’s Media in Chicago all weekend.  I grabbed a container of oatmeal, tossed it in my purse, and crossed my fingers that I might get the chance to eat it.  By 10:30 my day had slowed down enough that I was able to heat it up and try it out.  I was very surprised.
I guess that I’m not alone in my non-breakfast eating habits.  Did you know that;

  • Nearly 60% of U.S. parents of children ages 3-17 admit that their child skips breakfast, with more than half of U.S. Moms wishing their child ate a more nutritious breakfast.
  • 58% of U.S. Moms say they skip breakfast regularly (THAT’S ME!) . 46% of Moms who skip breakfast say they do so because they do not have enough time to prepare or eat it.
  • 57% of single adults say the number one reason they skip breakfast is that they don’t have enough time to prepare it.
  • While 71% of U.S. adults agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, 67% of those admit to skipping breakfast.

*Results of 2011 Children’s Nutrition Survey, conducted by Harris Interactive for Seneca Farms
I love instant oatmeal but hate the kind that has dehydrated/freeze-dried/mayeitsnotevenfruit in it. The flavor I tried was Vanilla Peach and it actually had real pieces of fruit in it.  It tasted great!  You don’t need any water or milk to mix up with the oatmeal just microwave for 45 seconds.  It kept me full for several hours.  I was also happy with the apple cinnamon flavor.  Cinnamon is so hit or miss as an ingredient but this was a hit.

Apple Cinnamon and Vanilla Peach are the two available flavors right now.  Seneca Farms Oatmeal & Fruit can be found nationally at Walmart and at a wide variety of retail grocery stores.  You can see a detailed store list here.  Seneca Farms plans to expand its flavors later this year with Oatmeal & Fruit Cranberry Apple, and Oatmeal – Maple & Brown Sugar.  I can assure you when maple and brown sugar comes out I’ll be buying tons of cups every week.
Please note this giveaway is closed.
Onto the good news!  One reader will win a 2-pack of each flavor of Seneca Farms Oatmeal & Fruit (that’s 4 cups two of each flavor).  I’m using a new system for giveaways called Rafflecopter.  I think it’s easier for everyone.  Good luck and let me know what you think of the entry system.

This review was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own. I was provided free products in exchange for this review. This contest is open to US residents only.


  1. Thanks for the opportunity.

  2. You’re doing great things here lady!!! M’A

  3. Hi MarocMama, nice to meet you.

    • Charity L. says:

      I can’t get the comment section to work. The pictures of your family at the bottom are covering the comment area. I would love to be entered in this giveaway though!

      • marocmama says:

        Hi Charity – I see what you mean. I’m not sure why it’s doing that but do see that you were able to do 5 entries through Rafflecopter – I’ll count this comment as your mandatory entry for the problems!

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