All the Oatmeal. All of it!

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I came to this realization around the same time that I discovered I was a morning person. As you probably already know, mornings and breakfast go hand in hand. Well, at the very least they should.

Once I got over the initial shock of being a morning person I slowly came to the realization that having breakfast could no longer include whatever bad option I felt like. For instance. Leftover pizza  might be quick and or easy, but at a certain point in your life ( umm right now for me) you start to feel sluggish immediately following and it shows. Not to mention all the health factors involved.

Anyway, on my journey to figuring out how to start my day well, I quickly found that I love oatmeal! At first I tried to deny it. I think it was the stigma of it only being for old folks and kids. In my opinion, no one in between was ever even considered in the marketing of oatmeal. The shame, the horror of it all…

But that was 2010. In 2013 I no longer have to hide my love cuz oatmeal is everywhere. Not all of it is as tasty or nutritious as it should be though. Thus the reason I have taken it upon myself to compile a nice little cheat sheet for y’all. Trust me, you’ll feel better in less than a month if you add oatmeal to your daily routine. The health benefits are off the charts! Here’s a few just in case you don’t believe the hype.

  • Reduces the risk of developing high blood pressure
  • Lowers Cholesterol
  • Great source of fiber
  • Stabilizes blood sugar
  • Contains lignans which protect against heart disease and cancer.

Did I mention that it’s also warm and cozy and keeps you satisfied which eliminates mad snack attacks before lunch? Mmm Hmm…

oatmeal breakfast

Here are my top choices for good oatmeal ( provided you don’t have time to make it on the stove like our mama nem used to do).

1. Fresh & Easy Brand Oatmeal $1.99- Sold in a package of 4 in the frozen food section. All you do is microwave these little frozen discs. You can add a little milk, some honey and a handful of golden raisins if you wanna experience it the way I do when I have extra time. No fareals…this oatmeal is sweet and creamy and delicious all on it’s own so adding some accoutrements just kicks it up a little.

oats 42. Trader Joe’s Steel Cut Oatmeal $1.89- This version can also be located in the frozen food section. They come in packs of 2. The portion for this product is a little more substantial than most, so don’t be surprised if you’re full long before you’re finished. With steel cut oats I tend to lean more towards a dash of brown sugar over honey. Maybe it’s a texture thing, I dunno. It’s super delicious though.


oats 53. Amy’s Organic Bowls (Steel-Cut Oats) $2.49– Amy is winning with this Oatmeal right here. It needs nothing, other than you putting it in your belly as is! The only reason I don’t purchase it often is because it’s $2.50 for one bowl. Sure that’s not an expensive breakfast once a week, but it add’s up after awhile and I’m on a budget y’all.





oatmeal 24. Quaker Real Medley Oatmeal $. 99- I’m partial to Oatmeal that’s not crazy sweet. Which is why I’m surprised that I’m actually adding this one to the list. I found these for 99 cents at Dollar Tree. But I did some research and they cost about $1.69 in grocery stores. These tasty cups are full of dried fruit which is basically just candy once you put it in your body. I think I’ve tried each flavor ( for research of course) and they all rock. If you like sweet breakfast cereal but want to work your way into oatmeal territory these real medleys are the gateway drug. I’m unsure of the health benefits of these little cups though, so don’t blame me if it’s equivalent to eating a egg mcmuffin or something okay?!

There you have it. An unscientific HBG approach to oatmeal options. Hope you enjoyed it!






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