Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - — Jen­nifer Christ­man

WHAT: Quaker Overnight Oats

STATS: Vary by fla­vor. One cup of the Blue­berry, Ba­nana & Vanilla Bliss con­tains 240 calo­ries and 4.5 fat, 47 car­bo­hy­drate, 5 fiber, 13 sugar and 7 pro­tein grams as pack­aged. We found them at Wal-Mart, 700 Bow­man Road, Lit­tle Rock. See more at: THE SKINNY: We have a prob­lem with th­ese Quaker Overnight Oats (well, two, we’re not huge oat­meal fans). The overnight part. To en­joy the cold mix­ture of rolled oats, sugar, flaxseed, quinoa and in­gre­di­ents like nuts, co­conut and fruit (if “ba­nana flake pow­der” counts as pro­duce) one must be or­ga­nized enough to re­mem­ber to prep it — pour in milk, stir, re­frig­er­ate — the night be­fore. Be sure to al­lot calo­ries for the milk; a half-cup of skim adds an­other 50.

Our soggy-mushy tex­ture is­sues aside, the Blue­berry, Ba­nana & Vanilla Bliss and Toasted Co­conut & Al­mond Crunch fla­vors (Or­chard Peach Pe­can Per­fec­tion and Raisin Wal­nut & Honey Heaven are other op­tions) tasted fine as pre­pared and kept us sat­is­fied for sev­eral hours.

But ul­ti­mately, we’re bet­ter with quickie break­fasts that re­quire eight min­utes and not eight hours. Slim Pickings is a weekly re­view of light foods. jchrist­man@arkansason­

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