Few breakfast foods are more convenient than a packet of instant oatmeal. The trouble is, so many of those little pouches are loaded with preservatives and sugar. The good news: you can create your own instant oatmeal packets at home and pre-package them for future use. Here's how.
Assemble 1/2 cup quick-cooking dry oats, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar or a sweetener like Splenda, 1 tablespoon nonfat dry milk powder, and a pinch of salt.
Combine ingredients in a plastic baggie, seal and shake up. Save for future use -- just add hot water!
For other flavors, try experimenting with ingredients like brown sugar, cinnamon, dried fruit, and nuts.