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What are the costs?

June 11, 2008 - Kathie Evanoff
I don’t usually buy sugary cereals, preferring real oats instead, so I thought this tidbit of information was interesting. A two and half pound container of a generic brand of old-fashioned oats cost me $2.99 at the store. This calculates to about $1.20 per pound. Another choice could be a 16 ounce box of oat cereal, which is still a pound no matter how its measured, for close to $5. Or, you could choose to eat the cereal bars and get even less oats for four times the cost. The bottom line is, I am getting my intake of cholesterol-lowering oats for much less money if I buy them closer to the natural way and spend a little of my time preparing them in my kitchen.

The oat cereal has about one gram of sugar per serving and most people will add more refined sugar to their bowl of oat circles. I do add brown sugar to my oats, but brown sugar contains about 35 calories per tablespoon (I use about two teaspoons, not packed), while refined white sugar is about 60 calories per tablespoon. I’m not counting calories, but you can see how it can add up.

This morning I started the day with two slices of homemade wheat bread on which I spread two teaspoons peanut butter. You may think I should have eaten oats, since that was my topic, but in fact, I did. My bread recipe includes oats. It asks for quick-oats, but I generally have rolled or old-fashioned oats on hand. The difference is nothing more than their thickness after being pressed through rollers. Quick oats cook well, quicker, because they are pressed thinner. For the bread recipe, I compensated by pulsing the old-fashioned oats in a food processor for a few seconds.

Lunch was a half club sandwich and salad at a local eatery.

For dinner, there were garden vegetables sauteed in olive oil and garlic and tossed with whole wheat pasta. You can't go wrong with that combination.


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Breakfast: 2 ounces whole grains; 2 tsp. oils; 1 ounce meat; 30 discretionary calories (sugar in tea)