Oatmeal doesn’t exactly have a reputation for being an exciting meal. When poorly prepared, it can be bland, boring, or filled with bad textures. But on cold fall mornings, a well made cup of oatmeal can be exactly the kind of breakfast you need to get you going. And with more oatmeal companies offering convenient instant cup varieties, it’s even easier to stash a few at the office for those mornings when eating at home is not an option.
Despite being one of the oldest and most pervasive breakfast foods, oatmeal has gotten a bad rap over the years for being a sticky, stale, and undeniably unglamorous dish. One of the main culprits behind oatmeal’s fall from glory is the pre-portioned, artificially flavored oatmeal packets that account for many people’s only encounters with homemade oats.
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I've eaten oatmeal for breakfast most weekdays for the past three years.
Instant oatmeal is a lifesaver. It’s quick, passably nutritious, and customizable with whatever’s lying around the kitchen. But there are a lot of options out there, and they’re not all good. I gathered the six most available, plain-flavored options to figure out which one is worthy enough to earn a place in your cupboard or desk drawer.
When the weather is freezing, the last thing I want is a room temperature (or worse, chilled) breakfast. I want a hearty, warm meal that’ll make my belly warm all morning long. I want oatmeal.