Dietetic Intern Jessica’s SNAP Challenge- Day 4

Looking for low-cost breakfast ideas? Jessica shares one of her favorites in today’s SNAP Challenge post.

Oatmeal Breakfast

Oatmeal Breakfast


  • Oatmeal, 1 tbsp. peanut butter
  • Yogurt
  • Banana (last one, they were going bad!)
  • $.50


  • Peanut butter sandwich
  • Boiled egg
  • $.50


  • Leftover omelet and rice dish
  • Mini pumpkin cake
  • $1.10

Total cost for the day: $2.10

Nutrition profile: Overall, did not eat as many calories today, probably because I was busy and stressed, thus not very hungry. I did not consume enough calcium-rich foods (I should really drink more soymilk), veggies, or fruit.


So far, some trends I am seeing are not getting enough calcium!  Also, I need to start cooking my spaghetti squash. I am out of bananas now, so I am down to apples and the little bit of canned pumpkin I have left for my fruit intake. It is definitely hard to get all the food groups at recommended amounts when you have limited amounts of food.

If you have not noticed yet, I love to eat oatmeal. My love affair with oatmeal started young. I have been eating oatmeal for years and still have not gotten tired of it! But, I don’t do plain oatmeal. First, plain oatmeal might get boring after a while. Second, plain oatmeal is fairly low in calories, fat, and protein. I like to add stuff to mine to keep me fuller, longer. Let me share with you my tasty oatmeal creations with all sorts of crazy combos. FYI- I add soymilk and Stevia to each of my creations. But that’s optional:

  • Peanut butter oatmeal- oatmeal + peanut butter + dash of cinnamon
  • Pumpkin oatmeal- oatmeal + canned pumpkin + pumpkin pie spice
  • Chocolate peanut butter oatmeal- oatmeal + few chocolate chips + peanut butter
  • Fruity oatmeal- oatmeal + blueberries/blackberries/etc.
  • Chocolate cookie oatmeal- oatmeal + 1 packet of diet hot chocolate
  • Banana and apple spice oatmeal- oatmeal + banana + applesauce + cinnamon
  • Other good add-ins include- raisins, cottage cheese, yogurt, honey, fruit, spices, vanilla extract, nuts, and whatever else you feel like.
Cinnamon and spice makes everything nice!

Cinnamon and spice makes everything nice!


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