Its a windy, bitter 17 degrees out there today and I'm on my way to the gym. While I'd normally opt for a small breakfast of Greek yogurt and some nuts before hitting the gym, on a day like this I really need something heartier. I like a hot breakfast on a cold morning and today I'm going to share my favorite on-the-go product: Uncle Sam Instant Oatmeal with Whole Wheat Flakes and Flaxseed.
Uncle Sam's is by no means a new product. Its been around for generations, since 1908, in fact. Its relatively new to me though. My favorite oatmeal is McCann's Irish Oatmeal. Just a simple can of steel cut oats, they are stunningly good and hearty. I don't always have time to make them though, and when in a hurry I turn to the Uncle.
I met Uncle Sam when I began my search for a sugar free instant oatmeal - and a happier introduction I couldn't imagine. I don't like all those sugary, flavored instant cereals and prefer to flavor my own. Sure, I know Quaker makes a plain, sugar-free instant oatmeal, but its pales in comparison to my beloved McCann's. It lacks the nutty goodness that I so enjoy. And, frankly, the texture leaves much to be desired. Its more alike to wall paper paste than not, whereas Uncle Sam's has a bit of crunch ... and I dig texture. The wheat flakes and flax go a long way towards bumping up the flavor as well. Its nearly as good as the steel cut oats and I adore it.
Take a look at the ingredients and nutritional profile:
Nothing un-pronounceable, no sugar added, and its got a decent amount of fiber and protein to boot. Color me delighted! I like to top my oatmeal with a few crushed walnuts and roasted pecans, a handful of diced Granny Smith apple and a generous dusting of cinnamon. Spectacular!
I make it in the microwave and it takes all of a minute and a half. Its a perfect way to start the day and I recommend it highly.
So, what's your favorite cold weather breakfast? Chilly Diva wants to know.