Skip Instant Oatmeal Packets and Make Better Breakfast in One Minute

Skip Instant Oatmeal Packets and Make Better Breakfast in One Minute

I grew up on instant oatmeal and cereal for breakfast.  I remember fondly the taste of Maple & Brown Sugar instant oatmeal – it was one of my favorite morning treats.  When it comes to nutrition, however, all that extra sugar is not such a great idea, especially for young children who need guidance to establish healthy eating habits.  Instead of instant oatmeal from a packet, try making your own oatmeal from rolled oats and ingredients of your choosing.

Instead of sugar, try putting half a teaspoon of honey into one-half cup of oats.  It adds the sweet flavor but also adds vitamins.  Experiment with using as little honey as possible to help cut back on unnecessary sweets.  You can get the sweet taste from fruits, too.  Raisins, fresh apples and bananas all make great additions to oatmeal.

Add some healthy fats and a protein boost by including nuts.  Crushed walnuts add a great flavor and texture to oatmeal and help that morning meal go a little further with the extra protein.

You can make your oatmeal in the microwave, in just one minute of cooking time.  Instead of water, try adding milk for a little more nutrition and a richer flavor.  Add fruits, nuts and milk before cooking, but wait until after it is cooked to add the sweet.  My favorite oatmeal also includes a sprinkling of cinnamon after it has cooked – delicious!

You can save quite a bit of money, not to mention garbage waste, by using rolled oats to make your oatmeal instead of the premade packets.  Give it a try – you will probably enjoy the taste quite a bit more, and the savings are great too.