By far, the most viewed post here at Attainable Sustainable has been the oatmeal in a jar method that appeared on Lifehacker. It’s fast, it’s warm, it’s tasty. (Seriously, have you tried it?) Next time you near the end of a jar of your favorite homemade jelly, instead of clanging around the inside to get the last of the sweet and tangy goodness, whip out the oats and make your morning breakfast right in that jar. Heck, add a spoonful of peanut or almond butter if you like, to put you in mind of your favorite sandwich. Zero waste. Great flavor. Note: This works well with canning jars – they’re meant to handle the heat. Don’t try it with jars of store-bought jelly. Glass jars might break; plastic jars can leach.
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McDonald’s has added oatmeal to its breakfast menu. Terrific! Who hasn’t been time pinched at breakfast time and looking for a nice healthy option? Not so fast. McDonald’s isn’t doing you (or the environment) any favors with their oatmeal. It’s got chemicals, it’s got disposable packaging. It’s not sustainable by any means, nor is it healthy as they’d have you believe. Mark Bittman took McDonald’s to task the other day, saying that: A more accurate description than “100% natural whole-grain oats,” “plump raisins,” “sweet cranberries” and “crisp fresh apples” would be “oats, sugar, sweetened dried fruit, cream and 11 weird ingredients you would never keep in your kitchen.” The kicker? (McDonald’s oatmeal) contains more sugar than a Snickers bar and only 10 fewer calories than a McDonald’s cheeseburger… So much for oatmeal being healthy! Making oatmeal is not hard. It is, in fact, very easy. But let me make it even easier. With this oatmeal hack, all you need to do is boil water. No recipe, no measuring. It’s healthier than Mickey D’s and less wasteful than the little packets of instant oatmeal, and you can tuck it into your purse for a breakfast on the run. Oatmeal in...
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