How to Make Regular Oatmeal As Quickly As Instant

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
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Quick Tip: How to Make Regular Oats as Fast as Instant Oatmeal

We've already compared the health benefits of regular oats and instant oatmeal, so now lets find out how to make regular oatmeal in a hurry.

If you prefer the very soft texture of instant oats to the nubbier, chewier texture of regular rolled oats, this tip won’t help you. But if the main attraction of instant oats is the quick preparation time, this tip is for you.  Place 1/2 cup regular (old-fashioned) rolled oats and 1 cup water into a microwave safe bowl, along with a pinch of salt, if desired.   (If you like your oatmeal a little soupier, use 1/3 cup oats) Cover bowl with a lid or inverted plate and microwave on high for  2 ½ to 3 minutes. Voila! In the time it takes to wait for the kettle to boil to make instant, you can enjoy all hearty goodness of old-fashioned oatmeal.

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About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show.