Babyfood, cereal, oatmeal, with honey, prepared with whole milk

Fun Facts

  1. Oatmeal is a nutrient-packed breakfast, filled with healthy fiber and complex carbohydrates that can reduce your risk of diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Whether you choose old-fashioned, quick or instant oats, you’ll get the same calorie amount per 1/2-cup serving.
  2. Read the nutrition label of your oats carefully. Most varieties of instant, quick and old-fashioned oats have approximately 150 calories in 1/2 cup of dry grains, which cooks up to about 1 cup of cereal. The recommended serving size for longer-cooking steel-cut oats is 1/4 cup of dry grains, which also has 150 calories and produces about 1 cup of cooked cereal.
  3. Measure your add-ons to get an accurate idea of the number of calories you’re contributing to the oatmeal. A medium banana adds 105 calories, a 1/4-cup scoop of blueberries adds 20, a tablespoon of chocolate chips adds 70, and a tablespoon of walnuts adds 40. Don’t forget about sweeteners — 1 packed tablespoon of brown sugar has 50 calories and a tablespoon of honey has 65.

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