I appreciate that he’s become somewhat of a food-politics populist over the past few years; and I really like that when Mark Bittman opens his opinionated mouth, the mediasphere responds quicker than popcorn in a microwave.
Two days after Bittman’s piece ran, McDonald’s responded via their Twitter feed: “It doesn’t make sense to compare McDonald’s Fruit & Maple Oatmeal to a candy bar. Here’s why.”
The link leads to a nutriton facts page on the McDonald’s website, where you can read in bullet points noting how full of wholesome McD’s bowl is.
Yes, you can order oatmeal from the drive-through without fruit and sugar and get a reasonably nutritious breakfast on the run, but what you get will still be processed McDonalds-style with “11 weird ingredients you would never keep in your kitchen”.
My solution: Make your own oatmeal mix. It takes almost no time and you’ll know exactly what’s in it. Here’s the version I make.
- 2 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar or maple sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons dry milk powder (organic whole milk powder recommended)
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
- To make oatmeal, measure 1/2 cup of the mix into a microwaveable bowl along with 1 cup of water or milk of your choice. Microwave on high heat 1 - 1/2 minutes, until thickened.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 183 Total Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 229mg Carbohydrates: 34g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 7g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 6g