STORY BY SHELBY JENSEN
The end of the semester is coming up very soon. That means that, once again, students will slowly start morphing into zombies as more and more all-nighters are pulled and projects are finished last minute. Yes, in the tired times ahead it will be very important to find energy… and not from crazy amounts of caffeine. Caffeine will stab us in the back, and good breakfasts will be our best friend.
I don’t know if this is something people care about or if I’m just sounding like a persistent and annoying commercial for shredded wheat. Either way, breakfast IS important. And instant oatmeal is a fast and pretty healthy option to give you energy. It has fiber and is whole grain, and protein if you use milk. Its biggest issue is probably flavor, especially if you choose to make it with water.
Like ramen and easy mac before it, I have a few ways of making it taste better. Without further ado or annoying nutrition
1. Before microwaving, scoop in some peanut butter and add a little honey. Microwave as directed, stir, enjoy! (Peanut butter contains protein, which is nice.)
I like this add-on because the PB makes it super creamy, even with water. Peanut butter and honey is always a beautiful combination.
2. Before microwaving, chop up about ¼ of an apple and add it to your oatmeal. Microwave as directed, add a little cinnamon, enjoy! (A bonus to this one is that you have ¾ of an apple left to eat. Yay, fruit!)
Yes, they make apples and cinnamon instant oatmeal, but I like this better because it’s fresh. And you can have as many apple chunks in it as you want.
There’s not much to say about these except that you should definitely try them. Once you’ve done that, you can start experimenting with other fruits, spices, even nuts. Hopefully you’ll be an oatmeal pro before the exhaustion of finals sets in.