I like mine with fruits, how about you?

Early one morning in a conference I attended, I sat down with a not-so-happy lady. She couldn’t find a single saltshaker or salt packet anywhere in the line of breakfast buffet tables for her chosen food. Oatmeal.

“A pinch of salt in my oatmeal is all I need,” the lady exclaimed. She sent the hotel help to search for one. He turned back around and just to make sure he heard right.

“You need the salt for your oatmeal?” he asked.

“Yes, just a pinch, is there something wrong?" she answered. So off he went looking.

I've never really heard salt as another topping for oatmeals and I guess I wasn't the only one who thought so too. But come to think of it, we all like things a certain way.

At home, my middle son and husband enjoy their oatmeal thick and with brown sugar. My other boy likes his milky and my daughter and I prefer to have fresh fruits and cran-raisins if we have some in the cupboard.
Just how I like my oatmeal!

So this made me wonder how other people ate theirs too. I went ahead and sent a tweet and asked, “ How do you like to eat your oatmeal?” and sure enough I received some really great responses. And since my twitter status automatically channels to my Facebook wall, there were some nice responses there too.


Facebook comments
But now it’s your turn. Share on how you top your oatmeal at QuakerOats.com and even send your creation to a friend. For each creation, Quaker will donate $1 to Share Our Strength (the nation's leading organization working to end childhood hunger in America), up to $25,000 until March 31, 2010. That’s plenty of time to do something so simple to help the cause.

I am also giving away 2 Quaker Oatmeal kits to giveaway. You can either leave a comment below or tweet about this post and link back here. Don’t forget to add @mjtam so I get to see who has joined the game.

Good Luck!

Disclosure: To participate in the Quaker Oatmeal Create Your Day program, I was compensated for writing this post regarding my Quaker experience. Quaker did not tell me what type of creations I should make nor did they require me to use any specific ingredients.

Thank you to the following Tweeples and Facebookies (whom I am hesitant to link to - not sure if you'd rather make that private) : @bridalbeautychi, @mamazilla, @duongsheahan, @prchicago, @mommainflipflop, @secndcitysoiree, Christine Chan, Rick Rivera, JennyRyan, Anita Mark, Robyn Roark, and Johnmuel Mendoza


I love Oatmeal and over the years the way I eat it has changed. I used to like it very sweet with lots of brown sugar and butter. Now I prefer it w/ dried fruit and sliced almonds. I'll either make the Trader Joe's instant w/ added protein and flax seed or I'll make steel cut. Oatmeal is a food that for many immediately brings back memories of childhood!
Jenny Wong said…
I don't really like oatmeal but I heard many good things about it so I'll make sure to try more. Maybe if I find the right topping then I will learn to like it.

Thanks for all the ideas!
Table4Five said…
I didn't like it as a kid because my Mom overcooked it until it was slimy-yuck. Now I love it because I only cook it for a minute or two, until the oats are still nice and chewy-yum!

For the topping, I sprinkle on brown sugar and sliced almonds.
Joanne Cummins said…
Hey MJ,

I LOVE mine with salt actually. An occasional raisins when the mood hits.

How are you? You've been so busy lately huh? Well, drop by whenever you can. Would love to meet for lunch or quick coffee.

Veronica R. said…
I'm not a breakfast person, but this is making me want to try my oatmeal all differently.