Saturday, October 29, 2011

Make your own instant oatmeal!

Fall is in the air and I don't know about you, but that means I start craving warm and comforting foods to fill my belly! Others must feel the same way since one day in October is dedicated to a certain comforting superfood. Today, October 29th, is Oatmeal Day!

An insignificant annual celebration? No way! We really can thank oatmeal for a host of nutritional benefits--from weight control to diabetes management to heart health--all in its natural form, with minimal processing. Thanks to the fact that it's a whole grain, uniquely high in soluble fiber.

I ran across this awesome idea for creating your own instant oatmeal packets--instead of buying the pre-packaged ones available at the store, that is. Get the benefits of instant oatmeal  in the same convenient form by packaging your own. And I'm not talking boring, plain oats.  The mix-ins are included! It's good food that really tastes good too, no matter what your flavor preference. Your packets will be lower in sodium, added sugars and preservatives than their store-bought counterparts too.

Each packet you make will cost as little as 10 to 15 cents, saving you 15 to 25 cents per packet! It may not sound like much, but we all know those cents can turn into dollars real quick (and it sure beats the cost of picking up fast food on the way to work). Your savings could be more than $1.00 per store-bought package, debunking the common myth that healthy food is more expensive.

So improve your health and save some dough by clicking here!

Handout provided by Iowa State University.