The Versatility of Quaker Oatmeal

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Before you read any further, I want to make it clear that I’m a grits kinda girl. It’s a staple of any southern childhood and is served beginning at daycare all the way to fine dining restaurants.

Oatmeal with BlueberriesThat being said, I do appreciate the health benefits of oatmeal and its versatility. I’m currently in a place in my life where I’m having to eat some bland and easy to digest food. Oatmeal is the front runner for my breakfast meal right now, but I’ve also used it in the past for reasons other than dietary consumption. Here are some ways I use oatmeal:


Quaker Instant Oatmeal is my BFF for weight loss or any easy to digest, yet filling breakfast. I lean towards the sweet side, so the maple and brown sugar flavor is my fave. At home I just pour in a bowl, add water, and nuke. When I’m working at the fire department, I keep the single serve containers in my locker because I can heat it in the container and eat it without having to find a bowl.

Therapeutic Bath

For those that suffer from sensitive skin, have rolled around in a patch of poison ivy, or have been eaten up by red bugs, an oatmeal bath is is just the thing to soothe your irritated skin. Just put a half cup of regular oatmeal in a knee high panty hose, tie it at the opening and let it sit in a hot tub of water. Soak in the tub for 10-15 minutes and pat yourself dry.


We can’t always get to the spa for a facial, but oatmeal is a really good natural product to have an at-home facial. Quaker even has an entire section of recipes to make an oatmeal facial that fits your needs. My favorite is a basic oatmeal facial. Just mix 1/2 cup oatmeal with 3 tablespoons of water to make a spreadable paste. Apply to a clean face and leave on for about 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water, then rinse with cool water and pat dry. Don’t get it in your eyes!

You can add many natural products, based on your skin type. Be sure to stay away from items you’re allergic to. An entire list is available on the Quaker Oats FAQ page at the bottom.

Reindeer Food

Each Christmas, I put a call in to Santa Claus requesting some Magic Dust so that I can make reindeer food for Christmas Eve. When my children were little, they would share a small packet of reindeer food with their classmates so that before going to bed on Christmas Even, they could leave reindeer food in the yard for Santa’s reindeer. This special food helps the reindeer stay powered up so that they can fly to the next town.

  • Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
  • Magic Dust (Glitter – This magic glitter is what makes the reindeer fly)
  • Small plastic bags
Mix the oats and magic glitter together and then place a small amount in plastic bags to hand out to classmates. On Christmas Eve the reindeer food should be thrown in the front yard. Do not place on concrete, as the reindeer will only eat it if it is in the grass. Be sure to wash your hands before going to bed. The next morning the reindeer food will be gone.
I’m sure there are many other uses for oatmeal, but these are just a few ways I personally use it. The best part? It’s inexpensive!