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Put This in your Pantry: Oatmeal

September 16, 2010 by Melanie Zook

That big cardboard canister is often overlooked.  But at $2-3 for 30 servings of whole grain goodness (& in a recyclable package too), it shouldn’t be.  Oatmeal is a cheap, quick, and healthy breakfast (cholesterol-lowering fiber included) for adults & kids.  And what a cozy start to a fall or winter morning.

Too boring?  Here’s how to spice it up, while also boosting nutrition (such as calcium, iron, omega-3s, fiber and antioxidants):


Are you someone who eats breakfast on the run (or worse, not at all) & need your morning meal to-go?

Try making a large pot of oatmeal on Sunday (don’t forget to add your mix-ins), then store it in the fridge in a glass bowl.  Each morning, heat up a scoop of the oatmeal in a small glass bowl in the microwave, transfer it to your travel mug and enjoy it on your commute to work or school, or once you get to your desk (it will stay warm).

Not only does oatmeal like this beat other convenience breakfasts (granola bars, cereal bars, breakfast drinks) when it comes to nutrition (& you get none of the additives), it’s a money-saver too.  For the price of one to-go oatmeal from a coffee shop or an energy bar or two, you can pay for your breakfast for a  whole month, and with a lot less packaging to throw away too.

What else to do with oatmeal?