I’ve been on an instant oatmeal kick for breakfast this week. I started off plain with a little milk and brown suger and quickly graduated to adding raisins and a banana and a vanilla yogurt. Yesterday and today I’ve locked onto a mash-up that just works:

  • 1 packet of instant oatmeal nuked with a half-cup of water
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup applesauce

Oh, hell yeah… but this is definitely not a calorie-light concoction. The oatmeal’s 120. The peanut butter — even though it’s so-called “reduced fat” is still 180. The banana’s 125. And the applesauce is 90. Being as that’s 515 calories gobbled up right there I opted to forego the raisins because they’d add another 120. And to be honest, it’s certainly not as substantial nor annywhere near as filling as one of my 300-calorie, vegetable-stuffed egg-substitute omelets. But it’s goooooooooood to the very last spoonscrape.