Instant Oatmeal For Breakfast

For years, I have had only a cup of coffee for breakfast. (I snack frequently throughout the night, a bad habit I am trying to break.) But I never got a morning kick from the coffee, and when cider season began, I switched to that. I found that I did not miss the coffee at all. I may go to tea as something warm in the winter, or I may just skip everything. Cider is too sweet. I don’t need anything.

But recently, I began using individual serving packets of presweetened Quaker instant oatmeal that my wife got in a huge box from Costco, and that has become my routine breakfast. The instructions say to pour the contents in a bowl, then add a ½ cup of hot water. I simplify that even more by adding a ½ cup of cold water, stirring it (the flavoring and sugar come out in a lump, but quickly dissolve), then microwaving it, covered, for 1/2 minute. (I hate waiting for water to heat up in a teakettle.) If it is a little gummy (from microwaving it too long or from not enough water), I add almond milk (the only milk I drink), do not stir, and eat it like cereal. If too thin, I microwave it a few seconds more, but mostly 1/2 minute is perfect.

The packets come in flavors maple-brown sugar or apple-cinnamon. Either flavor is good, and they are not much different. There may be other flavors, but I suspect they are not much different, either. The overwhelming impression is of sweetened oatmeal. It may be overly sweetened, if that is possible, but the small portion is just right.

Each packet contains 200 mg of sodium and 12 g of sugar, neither a concern for me, but perhaps for you. Each serving is 160 calories. (Cider generally has about 30 g of sugar, but far less sodium and only 120 calories.)

The process is simple (important in the morning), and it is hot, sweet, and wet—all good on a winter morning. Occasionally my wife will fry an egg, but with her health problems, she is usually still in bed. Microwaving is all I know.

About Roger Walck

My reasons for writing this blog are spelled out in the posting of 10/1/2012, Montaigne's Essays. They are probably not what you think.
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