Oatmeal seems to be one of those things that you either love or you hate. Princess and I love a nice warm bowl of oatmeal in the morning. Buddy and Yankee Bill? Not so much! Oh well, their loss–and more oatmeal for us!
Not only is oatmeal tasty (or at least I think so) but it is very healthy for you. Oatmeal is reputed by Mother Earth Living to lower cholesterol (a claim which the Mayo Clinic supports), boost your immune system, stabilize blood sugar, lower risk of diabetes, prevent breast cancer, and provide antioxidants for heart protection. Of course I’m not a doctor or nutritionist–so read the articles and decide for your self. Oh and if you wonder if instant oatmeal packs the same nutritional and health punch as regular oats–CNN Health experts say it does.
So what are the Quaker Perfect Portions? Well, have you ever had the Quaker instant oatmeal and thought “Hmmm. This serving just isn’t quite big enough?” –Well that’s the problem that the Quaker Perfect Portions is made to fix. It’s basically a bigger bag of instant oatmeal mix. You get to decided your “perfect portion”–how much exactly you want to make at a time.
Not only that, but there is no sugar added so you can adjust it to your own personal taste for sweetness–or use the sweetener of your choice. You prefer Stevia or honey? Fine!
The Perfect Portions come in two flavors, cinnamon and maple. The consistency comes out the same as any other instant oatmeal you’ve tried. Princess actually prefers the smoother texture to the more solid steel cut oats I sometimes make.
On the back of the package they have a little chart on how to make your portions. It is, for the microwave, generally 1 part Perfect Portions to 2 parts water. We just mixed it together right in the bowl and then popped it in the microwave for 2-3 minutes.
The bag of perfect portions costs just $1.98 at your local Walmart! That’s for 8 servings (1/2 c dry mix, or about 3/4 C prepared oatmeal). So your cost would be about $.25 a bowl before you add sweetener or milk. That’s a pretty frugal breakfast!
For more information on the product, check out Quaker’s Perfect Portions webpage.