Thursday, January 7, 2010

Quick and Healthy Oatmeal

There is no need to buy instant flavored oatmeal packets, which are expensive and processed to the point where this wonderful whole grain loses quite a bit of its health benefits.

Old-fashioned oatmeal can be microwaved in just a few minutes and you can add your own combination of ingredients to your taste.


1/2 cup old-fashioned (not quick or instant) oatmeal
3/4 cup water
fruit (a banana, a handful of berries [fresh or frozen], peaches [canned, fresh, or frozen], applesauce)
1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1 packet Splenda coffee flavors
Fat-free half and half

Mix oatmeal, water, and fruit in a medium bowl. Be sure the bowl is large enough so that the oatmeal doesn't boil over in the microwave. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Add half and half and stir slightly until it is the consistency that you like. Sprinkle flavor packet and nuts over the top.

Note: you do not need to defrost the frozen fruit before using.

My favorite combinations:
blueberries + french vanilla flavor packet
a banana + french vanilla flavor packet
peaches + french vanilla flavor packet
applesauce (I use one of the single serve) + cinnamon flavor packet
canned pumpkin (about 1/4 cup) + cinnamon flavor packet
strawberries + french vanilla flavor packet
...the combinations are endless!

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