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Okay, so I do try to feed my family healthy, but with a busy week ahead I decided to buy the quick oat packets, you know…the flavored ones? That seemed like a fairly healthy choice that anyone can put together and eat quickly without much mess.

Have you ever read the ingredients? There are the usual perservatives and flavor enhancers that I  always wish weren’t there. But you want to know what else? In the peaches and cream flavored one, I read the front and it said "artifically flavored fruit chunks" WHAT??? Looked on the ingredients list. Sure enough…they have taken apples and artifically flavored them to supposedly taste like peaches. So, I read the strawberries and cream…same thing! Artifically flavored apples…and coloring of course. They had to have that nice ripe strawberry color.

UGH! Back to plain old quick oats. I have several recipes that go in the crockpot that are similar to the ready made packets. BUT, I use the proper fruit and let it reamain its original flavor…

Thought you might want to know that.



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  • I have read the boxes. I try and read all the boxes and this leads to not eating quick and easy foods. lol. Hope you have a blessed day. I

  • UGG for real. I am so glad we just say no to that stuff now… still its really sad really and they wonder why so many kids suffer from ADHD and other food allergies…ITs the DYES and CRAP they put in the foods that are already healthy before they touch them

  • Hi there! I know what you mean. Here is one fairly quick and easy recipe that we use often. Thought you might be interested in adding it to your reservoir. ;)

    Baked Oatmeal

    2 c. rolled oats

    1/3 c. honey

    1 t. baking powder

    1/3 c. raisins (or other chopped dried fruit; optional)

    3 T chopped walnuts (optional)

    Combine in medium bowl.

    1 c. milk

    1/2 c. applesauce (or shredded apple)

    2 T oil

    1 egg (beaten)

    Combine in a separate bowl. Add to oat mixture; stir well. Pour into a greased 8×8 baking pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired. Bake in preheated oven at 350 for 25 min. Serve warm with milk.

    Edited to add: This recipe has been adapted from the cookbook, Simply in Season by Mary Beth Lind and Cathleen Hockman-Wert.

    Edited by mejerrymouse on Monday, March 23, 2009 at 02:12

  • Just randomly reading blogs and read yours so thought I would give you a recipe for instant oatmeal

    You will need a blender:

    3 cups quick oats

    a wee bit of salt (I don't use the salt but whatever)

    8 plastic sandwich bags

    put 1/2 cup oats in blender and whirl at high speed

    until powdery; reserve in a small bowlm and repeat the procedure with a additional 1/2 cup of oats. Into each sandwich bag put 1/4 cup of unpowdered oats, 2 tbsps powdered oats and a touch of salt if used.Fold and seal the bag. Store packets in an airtight container.

    To Serve: Empty packet into a bowl. add 3/4 cup boiling water; stir and let stand about 2 minutes. For thicker porridge use less water for thinner use more water.

    If you would like to flavour these packets you can add:

    AppleCinnamon Oatmeal

    To each packet add 1 tablespoon sugar, 1/4teaspoon cinnamon, and 2 tablespoons dried apples.

    Sweetened Oatemal:

    To each packet add 1 tablespoon sugar.

    Cinnamon-Spice Oatmeal:

    to each packet add 1 tablespoon sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and a scant 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg.

    Oatmeal with Raisins and Brown Sugar:

    To each packet and 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar and 1 tablespoon raisins.

    I am sure you could come up with more ideas but thought you might be able to use these. You can use a food processor instead of the blender and it will take a whole cup of oatmeal at a time. I do not have one of those so that is why the blender.

    God Bless as you try to feed those little guys without all the extra flavourings and ????


  • That's hilarious! Sad, but hilarious.

  • Ewww. Really? And it's such a shame too because real fruit would taste SO much better…

    I think we'll stick to real oats too. :)

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