Only instant oatmeal has salt, for the most part. But you don’t need instants to save time. There’s Quaker Quick 1-Minute Oats. And McCann’s Quick & Easy Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal and Country Choice Organic Quick Cook Steel Cut Oats cook in just five minutes.
If you want an instant oatmeal, look for one that has no more than 100 milligrams of sodium per serving. Try Umpqua Oats Unsweetened Not Guilty All Natural, Whole Foods 365 Organic Original Instant, or Quaker Organic Regular Instant.
For more flavor, cook the oats in milk instead of water, suggests our Healthy Cook, Kate Sherwood.
Then try adding:
- almonds & honey
- applesauce, cinnamon, & raisins
- dried cranberries (cook the cereal in half milk, half orange juice instead of water)
- dried cherries, dried blueberries, & dried strawberries
- dates & pecans
- roasted and salted cashews & brown sugar
You’ll never rip open a packet of instant again.
More ways to reduce sodium, not taste.
A shaker filled with a variety of herbs can be a tasty, convenient way to use less salt. Try this combination:
1 teaspoon celery seed, ground
2 ½ teaspoons marjoram, crushed
2 ½ teaspoons summer savory, crushed
1 ½ teaspoons thyme, crushed
1 ½ teaspoons dry basil, crushed
½ teaspoon black pepper, crushed
Combine all ingredients together in a bowl, then store in your own shaker. Use to season fish, chicken, or salads, and you won’t miss the salt. *Courtesy of Palo Alto Medical Foundation
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