Jamba Juice offers a tasty organic oatmeal for $2.95. It's served with your choice of apple cinnamon, blueberry and blackberry or fresh banana toppings for about 300 calories and 6 fiber grams.
If you're watching your wallet, Trader Joe's Steel Cut Oatmeal from the frozen food section is a more economical choice, offering a two bowl pack for $1.59. It also contains less than 2 teaspoons of sugar, but like the others keeps in the 4 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein per serving.
Kozy Shack is another ready made treat found in the refrigerator section of many grocery chains. Get two bowls for just $2. Each bowl is 210 calories, with 7 whopping grams of fiber. This brand differs as it's made with a blend of oats, barley, brown rice, low fat milk and fruit.
While packets are convenient, they often contain more sugar then you need and are a bit more pricey than buying a large container. Especially when you realize that scooping a serving from a tub and throwing it in the microwave isn't that much different than ripping open a pre-measured packet, and you'll save quite a bit. A large tub of old fashioned oats are 9 cents a serving versus packets at about 25 cents each.
A Food Coach favorite is microwaving a serving of old fashioned oats with a ½ cup of frozen blueberries and a tablespoon of peanut butter.
You've got your fruit, fiber, and heart healthy fat all in one satisfying and inexpensive bowl.
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