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Oatmeal Cups

Oatmeal Cups - September 2023


Declicious Recipes from nutritionist Denice Hynd RD, MPH

and Chef Brianda Younggren, MPH

Greetings PD Community!

We hope everyone is doing well after the hot summer months, Fall is here and we're embracing it full force with warm meals and sides. 


There are times when convenient meals are the only thing that gets us by. Between the cost of groceries, the time necessary to purchase those groceries, and all the clean-up....sometimes we want to surrender and just order take out. Before you pull into a drive through, or order meal delivery, consider shopping your own pantry for a meal or a snack.


Here, we increased the nutrient density of a cup of quick cooking steel cut oats. These were purchased at Grocery Outlet for fifty cents each! Amazing! Stock up when you find these deals! Many national chain grocery stores also sell a four pack for $2.00 (store brand). The toppings you choose are only limited to what you have on hand. Adding sliced bananas, raisins, and extra granola adds bulk, natural sweetness, and texture. The granola softens with steam, therefore reducing the risk of choking. Adding items such as honey, agave, maple syrup, whole milk, peanut butter, a little liquid protein increases sweetness and adds calories for those of us who have increased needs. Consider mixing in applesauce, sliced peaches, chia seeds or flax meal for added nutrients. 


Oatmeal has natural occurring fiber and protein allowing us to feel fuller for a longer period of time. Fiber (as you may recall) increases the bulk and softens the transition of our bowl movements, helping our PD friends who suffer from irregularity and constipation. These cups are also a great option for when we want a dessert but don't have access to all our favorite treats. Another great idea is to simply dump the uncooked oatmeal straight from the cup into the blender with your liquid of choice for a nutrient dense shake. 


Instead of boiling water or sticking the instant cup in the microwave, consider buying an electric kettle for boiling water. Minimal dishes, and no need to reach into microwaves for hot foods that could potentially burn fragile skin. 


Store bought options include blueberry, apple cinnamon, strawberries and cream, peaches and cream, cinnamon brown sugar, mixed berry, and plain. We hope you find some short cuts in your kitchen that are quick, nutrient powerhouses and indulgent at the same time. Cheers!


Oatmeal Cups - September 2023

By Denice Hynd RD, MP


Recipe and Image by Denice Hynd RD, MPH



Toppings of choice: sliced bananas, raisins, extra granola, pigmented fruits


-Make oatmeal of choice

-Cut up toppings from pantry

-Mix together


Enjoy! Super Simple!

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