Real Breakfast You DO Have Time For

Our week of Sugar Busting continues and we’re going to stay in that breakfast bowl, because honestly, there is a lot to do there.  Cold cereal is a wonder of the modern world.  It is fast.  It is easy.  And it is nutritious… well, okay, so that’s not always true.  In fact, in many cases cold cereal delivers a high sugar/low nutrition bang for a relatively large buck.  You may feel that you don’t have time for anything else, and I imagine that there many reasons that could lead you to feel that cold cereal or pre-packaged breakfast bars are the only realistic option.  I’d like to suggest that for 10 minutes of preparation, you could have a much healthier breakfast waiting for you in the morning.  C’mon, you know what I’m going to say, right?


  • $3.99/42 oz = .10¢ per ounce
  • Less than one gram sugar
  • 4g dietary fiber
  • 5g protein


  • $3.99/13 oz = .31¢ per ounce
  • 11 grams sugar
  • 1g dietary fiber
  • 1g protein


  • $3.69/14 oz = .26¢ per ounce
  • 1 gram sugar
  • 3 grams dietary fiber
  • 3 grams protein

Yes, of course, you were right, because what else could it be besides our old friend oatmeal.  Ok, so I’m not re-inventing the wheel here by suggesting that a little oatmeal might do you some good, but I think where food is concerned, so much of what we choose to do is driven by habit.  So I’m going to suggest that those of you who want to make affordable, healthy, real food, low-sugar breakfasts, give oatmeal another looky-loo.  Maybe you’re ready for an oatmeal habit.  No, not the packets that have all kinds of other bits besides oatmeal and cost a whole lot more, the plain old oatmeal in the cardboard container that you can turn into a drum when it’s empty (we try to keep things exciting around here).

There are MANY ways to prepare oatmeal, which is part of what is so great about it.  If you want to just give it a go for the first time since you were a kid, you should know that microwave preparation of a bowl of oatmeal takes approximately 5 minutes, including measuring.  Stovetop takes about 12.  I’m going to assume you can read the back of that cardboard box, but thought I would highlight how little time it actually takes.  My current favorite combination: 1/2c oatmeal cooked in 1c almond milk topped with a couple of chopped dates and walnuts.  Delish.  Not ready for unsweetened oatmeal yet?  Go ahead, give yourself a pinch of brown sugar.  If you stay under a teaspoon, you’re still under 5 total grams of sugar and you get the other goodies to go with it.  Cut back that sugar over time and let your taste buds learn how sweet a handful of raisins can be. Baby steps in the right direction have it all over standing completely still.

Still think it takes too long?  I’ve got some oatmeal shortcuts on the way.  And if you’re lucky, I’ll let you see the picture of the asparagus I picked from my patch.  YUM!!

5 responses

  1. I eat oatmeal almost every day for breakfast. Raw. Yes, I just soak it in unsweetened soy milk for 15 minutes. Add fresh berries, nuts, chia seeds, or ground flax. Protein and fiber packed! Yum!

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  4. Here’s my favorite oatmeal. I eat it several times a week from fall through spring, sometimes for breakfast, sometimes for snacks. With the nut butter it’s a lot more filling than cold cereal.

    I’ve also been eating oatmeal as my daily snack at work now that I’m breastfeeding and pumping again–oatmeal is supposed to be good for milk production, and I need the extra calories. Costco was having a sale on organic instant oatmeal packets, but although they had no objectionable ingredients and tasted good, I found I needed to add fat (so I brought a jar of coconut oil to work) and add raisins to the flavors without fruit, in order to feel satisfied. Plus there were all those packets filling my wastebasket. So I looked up recipes for making your own instant oatmeal packets in bulk, mainly to get the right proportion of cinnamon and salt to oats, and I’m going to make a batch and just put it all in a big jar, from which I can scoop it into my mug and add raisins and coconut oil.

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