Office Breakfast

The man of the house had picked up a variety pack of instant oatmeal for a trip.  We didn’t eat it then.  Monday I brought it into the office with me.

2 packets in a coffee cup + hot water = hot breakfast.   I don’t eat it every day, but when I was too rushed to eat at home it’s a nice option.

Usually with instant oatmeal I only get my favorite flavors, and even then, they’re often too strong.  Since I have a variety pack I’m mixing flavors – today was raisin & spice with maple & brown sugar.  I generally don’t like those flavors alone, but together they were fine.

Spoonful of oatmeal

Spoonful of oatmeal

10 thoughts on “Office Breakfast

  1. I have to eat two packs too, unless it’s a side for a breakfast that has something like eggs and bacon as well. Just one pack and I’d be wanting to eat office supplies and maybe my arm–it just ain’t enough!-

  2. I am glad you liked it, and it works as a handy breakfast.

    In my case, I have this odd loathing for everything oatmeal, cream of wheat, etc.

    I’d rather go hungry then eat any of it. One weird thing, do not know if its insulin resistance but oatmeal is a waste of time for me to eat, one hour to two hours later, I am left with hunger pain that outdistances everything I’ve ever felt before.

    Beiing allergic to eggs, and cereal just seeming to be a hunger inducing thing in me, my breakfast is usually a turkey sandwich, sometimes with left over soup.

  3. FYI, recipe for instant oatmeal to save money (and I think it tastes better):

    Homemade Instant Oatmeal

    3 cups Quick-Cooking Oats
    Salt
    Small sized Zip Baggies

    Put 1/2 cup oats in a blender and blend on high until powdery. Set aside in a small bowl, and repeat procedure with an additional 1/2 cup oats. If you’re using a food processor, you can do the 1 cup of oats in one batch. Put the following ingredients into each zip baggie: 1/4 cup un-powdered oats, 2 Tbsp. powdered oats, and a shake or two of salt. Store in an airtight container.

    To serve: Empty packet into a bowl. Add 1/2 cup boiling water. Stir and let stand for 2 minutes. For thicker oatmeal, use less water – for thinner oatmeal, use more water.

    Our first try for flavor was to add 1 heaping tablespoon (not packed) of brown sugar, a shake or two of cinnamon, and some raisins. Other suggestions included adding coffee creamer and dried blueberries for a blueberries and cream flavour.

  4. Cool recipe, LAT!

    I haven’t had instant oatmeal in a while because I wanted to save money. Lately I make 3-4 days’ worth of oatmeal at once and cook it with just milk, salt, and cinnamon, and add some fruit, nuts, milk, maple syrup, etc. in the morning when I microwave it.

    When I did eat the instant, I liked to get a packet of apple cinnamon and a packet of unflavored and mix them together, and add some milk. 100 calories for breakfast is not enough!

    Peep, although I don’t find that oatmeal makes me more hungry than other breakfasts, I don’t find that it makes me less hungry than, say, a white-bread bagel, despite the much-touted satiety benefits of fiber. Maybe for some of us fiber doesn’t work that way?

    • I did that when unemployed. I haven’t yet schlepped it to work.

      Re: fiber, the amount of fiber in oatmeal varies. Steelcut oats have more, instant (or “quick” oats) have less. I still find a couple packets of instant oatmeal is more satisfying to me right now than most cold cereal would be — both the “lasts 3-4 hours” and the warmth.

      (Fall has started. I turned on the heat this week.)

      • It’s funny, people keep trying to tell me that instant oats have less fiber (I think the Whole Foods website was one source)… but if I look at the nutrition info, the amount of fiber per calories is the same. (I’m comparing per calories rather than per volume because I figure differently-shaped oatmeal will occupy a given volume differently.) And I’ve seen other people say that they all have the same amount of fiber as well. Based on the descriptions I’ve seen of how they’re processed, none of the parts of the oat are actually removed, they’re just cut up and rolled thinner or thicker or not at all, so none of the fiber should go missing. (If you go here and click on “What are Steel Cut Oats and how are they different from other types of Quaker® Oats?” there’s a description.) Processing more could break down some of the vitamins, but if you’re cooking the oatmeal longer you’re “processing” it more anyway, so I’m not sure how big a difference there is even there.

        I’m somewhat worried that I’m missing something, though, because I keep seeing seemingly reliable sources say that instant oats have less fiber. Actually, even my Health At Every Size book says that “‘old-fashioned oats’ are the whole form, while ‘quick’ oats are the refined form” (p. 79).

        If anyone’s looking to get EVEN MOAR fiber, though, I recently discovered you can have just oat bran as a hot cereal. (Cook 1 part oat bran with 3 parts water or milk for a few minutes.) It’s kind of like Cream of Wheat in taste and texture.

        • but if I look at the nutrition info, the amount of fiber per calories is the same.

          On that site, “Quaker Oats – Old Fashioned” serving size is 40g dry. They show the instant oatmeals as having a 43g dry serving size. Comparing those servings, the instant has 3g fiber and the old fashioned has 4g (since I double those in practice, that’s 6g vs 8g – not huge for me, but maybe for some).

          The instant’s calories vary depending on type but the fiber doesn’t, which makes comparing by serving sizes a lot easier for me than by calories. Also, if I make non-instant oatmeal it at home I always add extras like apple juice instead of some of the water and/or chunks of apple and/or dried fruit … all of which adds calories. Plus, y’know, taste. And interest.

          That said, calories due matter in terms of energy, so I can see figuring per calorie.

          The man of the house's preferred oatmeal also has a 40g dry serving size with 3g fiber, but it’s 1/4 cup not 1/2 a cup. I find I do tend to eat less of it, but probably not half. (Again, when I make it I substitute apple juice for some of the water and/or add apple chunks. Himself adds a variety of dried fruit.)

          • Hmm, I was comparing the plain instant, not the flavored instant, because I was just trying to figure out whether the process of making the oats “instant” changed the nutrients. I don’t know why I didn’t think to use the weight on the servings. :)

            Looking again (well, I didn’t even look at the flavored instant last time), the instant varies in weight per serving size. The fruit and cream variety pack lists serving size as 35 grams; the wild blueberry muffin is 40 grams; the unflavored (“original”) is only 28 grams.

            Comparing their old-fashioned oats with “original” instant oats: the serving size for old-fashioned is 40 g, instant is 28 g, which is 70% of 40 g. Original has 4 grams of fiber, and 70% of that is 2.8. Fiber listed on the instant oats is 3 grams. (They always round. That’s why you see stuff with 0 grams trans fat when it has “partially hydrogenated” something as an ingredient; they make the serving size small enough that they can list it as 0.)

            Of course, adding fruit will also add fiber. :)

  5. I used to have those sachets for breakfast every day in the office too, but I really don’t like how the oatmeal is chopped up. I’m more a fan of the traditional rolled oats. So I bought a box of traditional rolled oats (way less expensive than the sachets too) and keep it in my mobi-locker at work, and then I just pop a little golden syrup in when it’s cooked. (I make mine on milk though, not water.)

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