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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

October 29 is Oatmeal Day

October 29 is Oatmeal Day

I gave a presentation recently on the importance of whole grain foods.  One of the items I demonstrated was how to make instant oatmeal packets. Oatmeal makes a great hot breakfast or a quick snack. Children love their own flavored packets of oatmeal.  
I like the concept as there is minimal amount of sugar in each packet and this is an easy way to prepare and enjoy oatmeal. So in honor of Oatmeal Day, make some instant oatmeal packets at home and enjoy.     
For each packet you will need:
• A plastic snack or sandwich bag • Dash of salt, optional
• ½ cup quick oats • Other optional ingredients, as desired
Put dry oatmeal into bag. Add dash of salt and other optional ingredients, as desired.
Close bag and store for future use.
To Use: Empty packet into a microwave safe bowl. Stir in 1-cup water or milk.
Microwave on HIGH 2½ to 3 minutes; stir before serving.
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal — To each packet, add 1 teaspoon or more of sugar, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon and 1 – 2 Tablespoons chopped, dried apples
Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal — To each packet, add a packed Tablespoon brown sugar, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon and 1 – 2 Tablespoons raisins
Cinnamon-Spice Oatmeal — To each packet, add 1 teaspoon or more sugar, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon and a scant 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg.
Cocoa Oatmeal — Add 1 teaspoon baking cocoa and 1 teaspoon sugar to each packet or 2 teaspoons ‘quick-type’ chocolate drink powder
Sweetened Oatmeal — Add 1 teaspoon sugar or 1 Tablespoon packed brown sugar to each packet
Other optional ingredients: dried banana chips, small pieces of walnuts or almonds, dried cranberries, other dried fruits.
Adapted from January 2001 Food, Fun and Fitness Newsletter, by Jan Temple, ISU Extension

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