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    I don't like quick/instant oats (texture is a bit wallpaper-pastey to me), but I make a big batch of steel cut oats Sunday night (on the stove now). 1c oats, 3c water, simmer ~35-40 minutes (I usually brown the oats in a little butter before adding the water, but not critical). Pour in container, toss in fridge. Smash with milk/raisins/brown sugar/flax seed/nuts/PB/etc in the morning and either microwave for a minute or throw in pannier and eat cold when I get to work. Repeat x4, then it's the weekend and time for far less healthy/quick breakfast.

    Otherwise quick breakfast is usually yogurt/granola/fruit or toast/PB/jam/nutella, but I usually eat any of the above when I get to work, just a banana and 1/2c of coffee/milk before I ride in.

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    I love old fashioned oats and eat them every work day. It takes all of 3mins to cook them in the microwave. I then add some sweetner and cinnamon then eat. I like them that way. I also have egg muffins that I make on the weekend so that during the week I pop those in the microwave also and have a nice breakfast with little effort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ben4345 View Post
    IME, nothing beats peanut butter, NOTHING!
    I take mine on a slice of whole wheat. Toasting is optional. I have this every day M-F.

    Quote Originally Posted by David Bierbaum View Post
    A spoonful of peanut butter in the oatmeal is good too, along with a splash of maple syrup, as long as you're cholesterol is under control. (and you're not allergic to peanuts)
    I have cholesterol issues, and peanut butter is just what the doctor ordered (good source of Omega 3 fat). Bacon and eggs is the problem. I have a two egg breakfast once a week, and have not had bacon or sausage (even if from a "good" source like chicken or turkey) in years.
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    I cook old fashioned oats in a small crock pot. I put a timer on the crock pot and start cooking them 3 hours before I want to eat them. It takes me about 2 minutes to set up the crock pot and oats before I go to bed. I wake up, add whatever fixin's I want, and I'm eating good, old fashioned oats. I find them so much better than instant or quick oats. This techinque will also work for steel cut oats if that's more your style.

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    Scrambed eggs (or egg whites), toast, cup of orange juice.
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    You mention how you don't have time for oatmeal so you make yourself a protein shake. If you haven't already, try the oats and whey by optimum:

    http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/op...er=26441253562

    I used to drink that mixed with Barlean's Greens and a fish oil. Worked well and tasted great.
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    My wife makes me these oatmeal cupcakes. They are great on the go and require zero morning prep. Basically, it's oats and mushed banana. Things to add flavor range from cinnamon to coconut to chocolate chips. She bakes them on Sundays and we put them in the freezer. Stick 'em in the fridge 24 hrs ahead and they are thawed and ready to eat. Good carbs, clean sugars and they taste great! You can find recipes online. Just look for "oatmeal cupcakes".

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    if you make the protein shake with a blender add a banana. if you don't use a blender just eat the banana
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    For the last 3 years I've been eating a bowl of Kellog's Raisin Bran, you can't get quicker then that and it's pretty complete.
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    am I the only one who doesn't eat before he leaves for work?

    I do 12 miles, shower when I get here and then walk over to the local coffee place for coffee, and usually have a Clif bar for breakfast with my coffee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dramiscram View Post
    For the last 3 years I've been eating a bowl of Kellog's Raisin Bran, you can't get quicker then that and it's pretty complete.
    Me too. Except I also slice a banana over the cereal.

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    Similar. I pick a cup of coffee on my way in. Then have a clif bar at work with my coffee. Never was a big breakfast eater. Prefer to wait 'til brunch time.

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    A granola bar and banana. You can even eat it underway to save more time.

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    Just eat the oatmeal raw. That's how I do it (steel cut or the roasted kind).

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    Froot Loops. Come on, I can't be the only one who likes sugar coated puffed sugar!
    OK, that's been just for the past couple weeks. Usually it's Wheaties or some form of Shredded Wheat with a glass of OJ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spectastic View Post
    I'm trying to develop a good breakfast recipe that'll let me get the most out of my long morning commute. I think oatmeal is regarded as one of the best meals you can eat for breakfast, but I don't usually have the time. I probably only have 10-15 minutes to make breakfast, so I usually just make a protein shake, with juice and some fruits. What are some other simple, quick things I can add to the protein shake, because I think my breakfast lacks carbs? Or what are some other breakfast ideas that will be really quick and simple?
    Why can't you adjust your alarm clock 15 minutes earlier. Keep the same routine...make a couple of eggs (light, but with lots of good protein) and a packet of high quality instant oatmeal (not the crap they sell at Walmart with tons of sugar added), and have a banana, apple, or some berries. I bet you'd still have time to catch 10 minutes of Morning Edition. Just get up earlier. Unless you are already up at 5 or 5:30.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b_twill View Post
    Froot Loops. Come on, I can't be the only one who likes sugar coated puffed sugar!
    You aren't.

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    For a while I was making steel cut oatmeal overnight using a crock pot as a double boiler. It worked all right. Instead of water in the oatmeal I was using the juice from a fruit cup with the balance made up of milk. This takes longer to absorb than with water so it's good to have some way to get it going before you wake up.

    I don't know about your part of the world but around here there is a store called Winco that has bulk steel cut oats by the pound that cost about a tenth what they do in a canister.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
    For a while I was making steel cut oatmeal overnight using a crock pot as a double boiler. It worked all right. Instead of water in the oatmeal I was using the juice from a fruit cup with the balance made up of milk. This takes longer to absorb than with water so it's good to have some way to get it going before you wake up.

    I don't know about your part of the world but around here there is a store called Winco that has bulk steel cut oats by the pound that cost about a tenth what they do in a canister.
    Is steel cut oatmeal better than aluminum or carbon fiber cut oatmeal? Discuss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alan s View Post
    Is steel cut oatmeal better than aluminum or carbon fiber cut oatmeal? Discuss.

    Steel cut oats are more forgiving.

    Aluminum cut oats can be a little harsh.

    CF ... nice, but they get a little expensive

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    Quote Originally Posted by spectastic View Post
    I'm trying to develop a good breakfast recipe that'll let me get the most out of my long morning commute. I think oatmeal is regarded as one of the best meals you can eat for breakfast, but I don't usually have the time.
    Oatmeal is the winner. But do it this way. Pour 1/3-1/2 cup of oats into a bowl. Add water to the top of the oats, then drain it off. Add blueberries or other fruit. Eat. Oatmeal does not need to be cooked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ill.clyde View Post
    am I the only one who doesn't eat before he leaves for work?

    I do 12 miles, shower when I get here and then walk over to the local coffee place for coffee, and usually have a Clif bar for breakfast with my coffee.
    I don't like to ride on a full stomach either so, most of the time, I have a protein shake (with cold coffee as the liquid and a spoonful of sugar for extra carbs) once I get to work although, I've been really hungry (stomach ache) this week before I get on the bike so I've wolfed down a half-dozen or so of chocolate covered almonds as I leave the house (just because they were there, I'd have tried something else if they weren't).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrickards View Post
    I don't like to ride on a full stomach either so, most of the time, I have a protein shake (with cold coffee as the liquid and a spoonful of sugar for extra carbs) once I get to work although, I've been really hungry (stomach ache) this week before I get on the bike so I've wolfed down a half-dozen or so of chocolate covered almonds as I leave the house (just because they were there, I'd have tried something else if they weren't).
    Yeah ... I've had that "really hungry" feeling too, and usually I can ride through it til I get to work, but once I'm here, GAME ON! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by moochems View Post
    I make and eat oats within 10 minutes

    +1

    It only takes me about 10 minutes to cook and devour my oatmeal. I just use the plain oats (5 minutes) and cook them on a stove top, but you could also use the quick cook (1 minute) and get more or less the same result. Here's my recipe for the 5 minute "old-fashioned" oats.

    Boil 1-1.25 cup water with about 1.5 tsp cinnamon (helps regulate blood sugar)

    When boiling add .5 tbsp butter and .5 cups oats

    Cook 5 minutes

    Remove from heat and add heaping spoonful of peanut butter.

    Stir well until you get a thickened goo.

    Add heaping spoonful of yogurt and stir well.

    Add some nuts or fruit and some raisins. I use a few frozen strawberries. They soften because the oatmeal's hot and they cool the oatmeal enough for me to eat it.

    The whole cooking process only takes about 8 minutes.

    While the oatmeal cooks I am usually cleaning up in the kitchen, getting my lunch together, or getting my clothes together. I do this every day and have a little system so that I don't waste any time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alan s View Post
    Is steel cut oatmeal better than aluminum or carbon fiber cut oatmeal? Discuss.
    I don't know if the steel cut we have at home is like other brands (we've only bought one brand) and I prefer them because of the coarser texture of the oatmeal when it is finished. Apparently, for those who eat gluten-free (as I do), steel cut have less chance of wheat contamination: it doesn't entirely make sense unless there isn't such thing as steel cut wheat so wheat would never get to that part of the processing plant.

    Update: Hah! Just noticed the "aluminum or carbon fiber cut oatmeal", don't know how to respond, cost factor has already been mentioned.
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