Fresh Find: These new oats cartons by Umpqua, will go places

I hate to miss breakfast. And eating airline food is not an option in economy class, my frequent home away from Earth. So I tough it out with smelly hard-cooked eggs and bruised bananas that I pack in my carry-on. But make that "packed."

I now carry oatmeal.

I made a discovery in the Dallas/Fort Worth airport a few months ago. At a snack kiosk, I spied boxes the size of a Ben & Jerry's ice cream carton, with cheeky names such as "Mostly Sunny," "Kickstart" and "Salted Caramel Meltdown."

Hurray for Umpqua Oats, developed by a couple of soccer moms in Oregon concerned about serving healthful food, made and delivered quickly. These oats are nutritious, non-perishable, kosher, vegan, gluten-free and packed in cartons made of recycled materials.

The product has legs. Carry a carton in a tote bag, in a backpack, in a lunch sack. Just add hot water. Good for the dorm. Good for the office. Good for what ails you.

Whole Foods Market and some supermarkets stock Umpqua, but good luck finding them. Coffee shops and cafes with limited cooking space stock them front and center with baked goods and snacks. They report brisk sales. About $3.25 each.

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Marlene Parrish: or 412-481-1620.


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