A note on oatmeal. If you can, avoid using instant or 5-minute oatmeal. Since the oats are partially cooked (that's why they cook so quickly), your body will break them down quickly. For a slow, steady boost of energy, use steel cut oats. This is the next best thing to whole oats, which I've never been able to find in a store anyway. After trying them a few times, I think they taste better. The only drawback is they take a long time to cook: 45 minutes, compared to 5 minutes or less. But if you plan ahead and make a week's worth at a time, you'll be good.
Two last suggestions: dried cranberries are an excellent suggestion for people who can't eat cooked raisins (my wife is one of them); and Splenda has a healthier version of brown sugar. You can get a full description at their web site.
- 1/21/2008 11:59:12 AM