Sweet Tater Oats

Sweet potato oats w/ coconut and raisins

Yesterday’s snow gave way to freezing rain and now the world is covered in a thick blanket of ice and I am on day two of no classes. This full can of sweet potato puree illustrates the current weather condition by resting atop 6 inches of ice-capped snow:

Floating taters

I really wanted another smoothie today because yesterday’s was awesome, but I’ve been getting hungry at night so I wanted to up my caloric intake earlier in the day. I attribute the late-night hunger to increased physical activity during the day. (Stew and I are dutifully tearing through Jillian Michael’s 6-Week Six Pack–a video I received free for review–which I’ll provide a full review of in five more weeks. You can find my preliminary review here. I usually only do these videos once for the write up, but a six-week workout deserves six of my weeks, so we’re going for it. See all 19 of my fitness DVD reviews on DVD Talk.)

I decided to forgo the glorious smoothie for oats primarily because I wanted to see how they stack up in a cost analysis. So let’s do that…

Sweet Potato Oats

  • 1/2 c oats – $0.07
  • 1/4 c sweet potato puree – $0.25
  • 1/8 c raisins – $0.12
  • 1/2 tsp maple syrup – $0.11
  • 1/2 Tbsp peanut butter – $0.05
  • cinnamon, nutmeg, coconut, splash almond milk – $0.14*

Total for one bowl of oatmeal – $0.74

In On a Dollar a Day, the couple eats nothing but unflavored oatmeal for the entire monthlong experiment. I can see why; at just $0.07 per serving (and they probably found them cheaper in bulk), it’s an easy and affordable, albeit unappetizing (without mix-ins) way to eat in the morning.

*I don’t have prices for my spices purchased prior to this experiment. I used so little almond milk I didn’t take time to measure ┬áit to account for cost.

2 thoughts on “Sweet Tater Oats

  1. i’ve been following your blog for awhile and finally launched my own today! your food photos always crack me up (love how you take advantage of the outdoors in these shots). thanks for the inspiration!

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