Bland? Boring? Doesn’t have to be! The varieties of instant oatmeal and cereal can be dizzying. Be humble with your food choices, pay attention to what you eat, and you may realize there is more flavor to food than how much you can stuff yourself with. Choose quality in health over quantity in bulk. (Ramen noodles, anyone?)
If you’re fortunate enough to have a small fridge, you can stock up on whatever fresh fruit is on sale, tons of different yogurt flavors, and milk. Activia Light yogurt is fantastic in raspberry, blueberry, vanilla, peach, or strawberry/banana. Buy a tub of plain fat-free yogurt or cottage cheese and add your own fruit, if that is less expensive. Cereals like all bran, Uncle Sam’s whole wheat flakes, grape nuts, cheerios, or unfrosted mini wheats can be paired with skim milk, plain or flavored soy milk, rice milk or almond milk. If you aren’t used to the hearty, earthy tastes of those relatively unsweetened grains, adding a few pieces of your favorite sweet cereal or berries can help ease you in.
With a carton of egg beaters, a bowl and a microwave, you can cook yourself a scrambled egg in about 1 minute. Make a b-fast sandwich or wrap with some salsa and canned black beans or refried beans, if you’d like! Got a freezer? Whole-grain frozen waffles. Got a toaster? PBJ or PB-Banana toast. Apparently, there are even toaster pastries, much like Poptarts, but with more beneficial fiber from the brand Fiber One.
If you don’t have a fridge, like me this semester, instant oatmeal is your best friend. Quaker’s Weight Control is my current go-to with flavors like Maple Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, and Banana Bread (loaded with fiber and protein). Kashi’s Hot Cereals, like Truly Vanilla or Honey & Cinnamon, are rich as well. Add water & microwave down the hall. BAM! Warm whole grain action in my belly, and I’m off to Intro.to Literature.
So maybe it’s not your mama’s homemade spread. So what? Make the best of it!
A Sweet Quick-Whip: Peanut Butter-Banana Trifles
Time: 10 minutes or less Serves: 2
- 1 cup plain fat-free or low-fat yogurt (or soy yogurt)
- 1 Tbsp. creamy peanut butter, no sugar added
- 1 Tbsp. honey (or maple syrup)
- 1 large banana, sliced
- 1 cup whole grain or multigrain cereal
In a bowl, whisk/stir together yogurt, PB & honey/syrup until smooth. Divide ¼ cup each yogurt mixture among two glasses. Top with half banana slices and half the cereal. Repeat layers one more time. FIN.