Thursday, May 26, 2011

A note on Oats

Oatmeal is a great way to start out your day.  It's easy to make and one of the most notorious cholesterol-lowering foods.  I know it's really tempting to purchase oatmeal by the individual packet for sake of convenience, but it ups the cost quite a lot.  Keep in mind if convenience is the only factor you're looking for, buying a large container of plain quick oats is a great idea.  We can buy one here for less than two dollars, and it lasts for quite a long time.  There are very simple microwave directions, just use a cup measure for scooping and follow the directions on the box.  You can add your own flavoring so easily!  By flavoring your own, you can tailor your oatmeal to your own taste.  How hard is it to pitch in your own raisins and cinnamon or your own mini marshmallows?  In less than five minutes you can have a cheaper, tastier meal.  The packets of oatmeal are also more processed, thus containing less healthy fiber, and often contain more sugar and/or sodium than you would add on your own.  Here are some ideas for fast mix-ins:

cinnamon, pinch of cloves, raisins, peanut butter, chocolate syrup, brown sugar, honey, diced apple, diced peach, diced strawberries, frozen or fresh blueberries, chocolate chips, craisins, nuts, dates...use your imagination!


  1. You can also get the same convenience as the packets by buying the large container of oats, then portioning out individual servings into ziplocs or small containers. Go ahead and add the sweetener (as long as it is dry), and the mix-ins. Jason gets to work early enough to eat breakfast there, so I pack breakfast and lunch for him. This way, he only has to add water!