By GreatSchools Staff
Humble cereal grains, take note: Sometimes a classic can't be beat. Available in both rolled and (classier) steel-cut varieties, oats are healthy — not to mention dirt-cheap.
They're ubiquitous too. When you're shopping, check the bulk bins of health food and upscale grocery stores, where they often sell for around a dollar a pound. (Compare that to the price of boxed cereals, and it's not hard to see why the breakfast cereal industry has 45% profit margins.) Steel-cut oats take about 20 minutes to cook; rolled oats, roughly 5; and "quick," about 1.
For rolled, try Quaker ($5.49 for 42 oz, or $0.13/oz), and for steel-cut, try McCann's ($7.69 for 28 oz, or $0.27/oz) or Bob's Red Mill ($5.49 for 24 oz, or $0.23/oz). Also available in bulk (steel-cut go for $1.49/lb., or $0.09/oz, at Whole Foods).
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