July 21, 2011

Instant Oatmeal Makeover

I don't know what the weather is like where you are, but if you're in DC (or anywhere else on the eastern half of the country) it's pretty nasty.  MG and I have post-work dinner plans tonight, so we got up early for a run.  Considering that it was 80 degrees already at 6 a.m. when we got up and the humidity was through the roof, it was not an easy run, to say the least.  When we got back I wanted something filling but quick for breakfast, and despite the heat, oatmeal fit the bill.

I had two packets of instant "fruit and cream" oatmeal left, which seemed like a easy way to go.  I find, however, that the instant stuff isn't nearly as filling, delicious, or healthy (in terms of fiber and protein) as the real stuff, so some modifications were in order.

I selected the peaches and cream flavor and cooked it up to my liking.  Then I topped it with a tablespoon of fat-free Greek yogurt, a tablespoon of chopped walnuts, and half a cup of fresh papaya.  Fantastic!  The Greek yogurt melted and combined with the "cream" in the oatmeal and achieved a wonderful sweet cheesiness that almost reminded me of the sweet cheese filling in fruit blintzes.  (If you haven't had a blintz, I recommend remedying that, ideally with a trip to Katz's Deli in Manhattan.  More on that later).  That, plus the sweet tropical flavor of the papaya and crunch of the walnuts made for a tasty and filling breakfast, and my additions helped boost the protein and fiber.

Mmmm, creamy, crunchy goodness.

We're off to have Belgian food and beer for dinner, assuming we don't melt on the way there.  Stay cool, everyone!


  1. I hear your weather is crazy on the east coast! I think I might go into temperature shock when I land in Boston on Wednesday. It's only 66 degrees here...and I hear it was close to 100 in Boston today. Luckily, I checked out the weather, and it's only supposed to hit the mid-80's next week! But how do you manage with such hot weather for weeks on end??

  2. @Shirley - water. Lots and lots of water. And a liberal office dress code.

  3. I'm doing this next week. I have a bunch of instant oatmeal left over from camping that needs to be eaten. Plus, I always need a plan when I buy a mango.

    Really great blog!