Choosing your oatmeal on the go

Along with your morning cup of coffee, /*Starbucks*/ serves what they call Perfect Oatmeal. One steamy cup of oats is 140 calories. Tack on 100 calories more for the bag of dried fruit and nuts, plus 50 calories for the brown sugar. It's convenient and tasty for $2.45 a container, including the goodies.

/*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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