I know this pattern is not a healthy one. Now that I live a life of alleged leisure, I eat better at breakfast, if only because I can take my time about it. But I'm still interested in (and often concerned about) the things that the Big Food Industry tries to sell us for breakfast.
Here's what I found on prominent display the other day in our deli/bakery department:
I looked more closely to see what this product was.
"A healthy and delicious way to start your day" -- well, maybe delicious, but hardly healthy. Check out the label:
How about those carbs? If you're trying to lose weight, this could be your entire daily dose of carbohydrate, or even twice your daily dose.
By contrast, a big bowl of steelcut oatmeal has 27 grams of carbs, and 1 gram of sugar -- half the fat of the breakfast cookie, and only 5% of the sugar.
One cookie has 320 calories, with 100 of them from fat. By contrast, the oatmeal has 150 calories, with 25 of them from fat. Even if you pour some decadent "fat-free half-and-half" over the top, you'll add 50 calories, with zero from fat.
Heck, you might as well just eat a regular oatmeal cookie -- 218 calories, 80 of them from fat, and a tad less sodium.
But of course, it's hard to eat a bowl of oatmeal in the car while you're driving. Or to keep it in your desk drawer for days when you arrive at work unfed and cranky.
Nevertheless, I think this is on balance a bad idea.