Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Perfect Oatmeal

Several months ago, I stopped eating most wheat products including bread. I’m not celiac but I discovered that my tummy is happier without them. Rice pasta has replaced whole wheat pasta while quinoa and other non-wheat grains have slowly crept into our house. I also don’t eat much dairy due to lactose intolerance which effectively already removed cow’s milk, ice cream, cheesecake and most cheeses from my list of acceptable food choices. Almond milk is my new favourite non-milk as well as soy milk.

Of course this makes it difficult when we travel. Not eating sandwiches or wraps limits my options and in some instances, eliminates them altogether. I have been known to order a sandwich and simply eat the insides. On the rare occasion when I cave in and eat the bread, my body reminds me in no uncertain terms why I chose this dietary route.

Oatmeal is one of my staples and I am eternally grateful to Starbucks for coming out with Perfect Oatmeal. Every airport has a Starbucks and almost every Starbucks has Perfect Oatmeal. I can nosh oatmeal at any time of day – paired with a soy milk extra hot Chai latte, my cup of happiness overfloweth and my tummy is content.

Like bathrooms, I now know every Starbucks from here to Hawaii and back. In June, we are visiting our daughter in St. John’s and I plan to make the acquaintance of the Starbucks at the Toronto and Ottawa airports for at least a snack during our stopover.

Who knew such a small thing such as adding plain old fashioned oats to a menu could make such a difference? A small thing with great benefits for at least one person out there…me!

Simple really is better. Something to think about while I savour every spoonful of my Perfect Oatmeal. I was overjoyed recently to discover that the Starbucks at NAIT where I take my payroll courses also has Perfect Oatmeal. This has become my supper on class night although the young fellow behind the counter always looks surprised when I order it at 5:30 in the evening. It is the simple things that make all the difference. Hmm, words to live by? Somehow, I think there is a message there. Perfectly simple...simply perfect. I like it!