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.
homemade quick cinnamon oatmeal mix
Yield 5 servings
Store the mix in a covered container.
- 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.
Hi there! I’m Karen, a mother of two and a professionally trained cook certified in holistic nutrition.
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