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INSTANT BREAKFAST  Friday, July 30, 2010

Sure you know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but what about those times when you’re lucky enough to make it out the door with matching socks? A quick, nutritious answer is at your fingertips with instant oatmeal. When time isn’t on your side, pull out a packet for a filling and energizing meal. The hot water dispenser on the CleanWater Countertop Filtration System eliminates the need to boil water, making it even easier to fit in a few minutes to fuel up before a busy workday.

Wondering how the instant stuff stacks up compared to quick or regular-cooking oats? Nutritionally speaking, they’re pretty much the same. Read those labels before choosing flavored varieties, though, which can be high in sugars or additives. Better to stick with a plain one and boost the flavor with all-natural add-ins like fresh chopped fruit, berries, milk or a dash of cinnamon.