5.15.2014

My Perfect Bowl of Oats

I am a creature of habit and my go-to breakfast 5 days a week is oatmeal. On weekends I tend to
change things up and make special breakfasts for darling daughter and myself but during the work week it is a bowl of oats. Every single day. And sometimes on the weekend if darling daughter is craving some oats!

Why? It is a good, nutritional breakfast that is easy to pack and prep at work.

So what do I do?

The day before I get all my components together and in place so I can quickly grab my breakfast and lunch and head to work.

Step 1: Measure out 1/3 cup of steel cut oats. I use the same container so can eyeball the amount of oats now and the brand I love is Coach's Oats 100% Whole Grain Oatmeal. The only ingredient is oats and I love that. I do not need or want added sugar. I sprinkle some cinnamon on top of the oats and put the lid on.

Step 2: Put the container of oats and one banana in my lunch bag side pocket.

Step 3: Frozen berry time! I pack about 1/2 cup of frozen berries and here is where I may change things up. Blueberries tend to be a common go to but sometimes I may swap them with blackberries and add pomegranate avrils. YUM! I seem to be the only one in my house that loves these crunchy little tasty morsels!

Step 4: Put berries in fridge to grab the next morning.

Step 5: Next day. Pack my breakfast and lunch and head to work!

Step 6: Pour the oats into a microwave safe bowl.

Step 7: Microwave a small mug of water for two minutes.

Step 8: Add the water to the oats so they are watery but not too watery. I guess this is a matter of preference.

Step 9: Add all the fruit to the oatmeal. Just piling on top is fine.

Step 10: Microwave for another 1.5 minutes.

Step 11: Add a dollop of peanut butter (we keep some at our office in work) and enjoy!

I know 11 steps may seem like a lot but trust me, this is so easy to do and the result is indeed delicious! Adding the peanut butter gives the oatmeal a creaminess in addition to the warm creamy banana pieces. And the protein of the peanut butter helps keep me satiated until lunch....on most days. Those days I run 6+ miles before work tend to play games with me.

How do you like your oats? Do you have a go-to for breakfast?

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for microwaves.
Daily Affirmation: I fuel my body well.

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