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Healthy Breakfast Idea: Oatmeal at Your Desk

While the debate is still on about whether or not the Starbucks Perfect Oatmeal is worth the $3, user AnnW66 offered this great tip for making it right at your desk.

"If you were just going to work, here's my tip: I keep a box of five-minute oats (or even better, Silver Palate oats) in my drawer. Add 1/3 cup to a bowl or mug and add about 2/3 cup hot water. Let sit five to 10 minutes while checking emails. Add a little more water or milk and microwave two to three minutes at 60 percent. Done. Add raisins, cinnamon, and nuts if desired (I keep them at work as well)."

Great idea — I love that it's just as easy as the instant stuff but with way less sugar. I think I may be buying some oats this weekend to keep in my desk next week. Thanks for the tip!

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mtiger mtiger 7 years
Oatmeal is great, but it can get boring. I eat the Quaker low-sugar oatmeal...just add water and microwave for a minute!
Lowveldgirl Lowveldgirl 7 years
I do this all the time. I'm a food addict and have a drawer at work filled with thinks like nuts, granola, honey and peanut putter. Then I bring the extras to work like yogurt, whole grain crackers ect. There's always variety and everything is low GI and filling. perfect for when I'm too busy to go out and grab something to eat.
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 7 years
I'm more of an egg kind of girl. Just can't get into Oatmeal. :( I've always wanted to like it. I even buy it at the grocery store, but never make it. what the hell? Is there a better way to down it? I've tried cinnamon and splenda. Maybe I need to try it with fruit.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I do this all the time. I usually put a serving of the dry oats into a covered tupperware bowl and pack it in my lunchbox. At breakfast time (I start work at 5 am, so my "lunch" break is usually breakfast for me) I add hot water from the coffee maker and cover the bowl for 5-10 minutes. It's really good and it's a lot healthier than buying a donut from the cafeteria.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
soo many people in my office have instant oatmeal at their desk in the AM and if it didn't scare me soo much (sitting with food in my stomach all day) then i'm sure that i'd join the bangwagon as well.
bibelot bibelot 7 years
The Silver Palate oatmeal sounds awesome - thanks for the link. This is a great idea!
secrethoughts secrethoughts 7 years
Whole grain oatmeal and Annie's soups are my go-to office foods.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 7 years
I can only eat oatmeal dry without being cooked and with adding honey to it. I seriously can't eat mushy food in the morning without gagging.
Kaciegrrl Kaciegrrl 7 years
I do this for breakfast every morning - takes 5 minutes to eat while I work and I'm good to go until lunch time!
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 7 years
I eat oatmeal almost every single day. Im getting tired of it.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 7 years
That is a great idea! I usually make a batch of steel cut oats on the weekend and put it in the work fridge on Monday. Then, I just heat up a serving each morning. It's not the freshest tasting sometimes. This would be a great alternative!
TidalWave TidalWave 7 years
I do this too! It's delicious. But instead of using the microwave, I just use the hot water button on our coffee machine/water cooler then put in a tad of milk.
shannon625 shannon625 7 years
I eat oatmeal at my desk every day. Fast, hot, tasty, good-for-you...what more could you ask for?
zmajeva zmajeva 7 years
Is it tasteful or not?
zmajeva zmajeva 7 years
Is it tasteful or not?
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 7 years
I eat oatmeal @ work ALL the time! It really fills me up and is quick and fast!
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