Oatmeal is one of the perfect health foods and a new study has revealed even more reasons to make it a part of your morning routine. A whole grain, rich in fibre, protein and vitamins, oatmeal is a great breakfast to kick start your day with energy or re fuel after a big workout. I do enjoy a nice hot bowl of oatmeal, but standing at the stove, adding the right amount of water, waiting for it to cook but not get glumpy – or worse, watery – is just too much work. I usually give up before I start.
Buying those boxes of small packets I just can’t do – usually an over processed oat is used that ‘cooks’ quick but lacks the nutrition of rolled or steel cut oats. Most also contain artificial flavours and sweeteners to make them taste good.
Then I made my own perfectly portioned make-ahead Oatmeal-To-Go in snack bags and I love them! So easy, even the kids can make themselves a healthy bowl of fibre and protein rich oatmeal before school in under 5 minutes.
The secret is you prepare dozens of snack bags ahead of time, pack them full of goodness – check out the shelled flavoured flax seed I found – and when hunger hits, be it at breakfast on the run, if you need a mid day snack or post workout, just follow these 3 easy steps:
Empty snack bag contents into a bowl
Cover contents with boiling water
Wait 5 minutes and enjoy perfect oatmeal
How To Make Oatmeal To-Go
Healthy Add Ins:
Omega Crunch Flax Seed – Cinnamon, Maple Walnut or both**
Brown sugar -optional
Fruit & Nuts:
Dried blueberries, cranberries, cherries, raisons
Dried apricots, mangos, dates chopped into small pieces
Coconut, chopped almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds
1/3 cup Rolled Oats
1 tbsp Oat bran
1 tsp of your favorite Add In (or all of them)
¼ – ½tsp of your favorite flavour
Fruit and nuts as desired
Zip up and store in a resealable bag or container and show the kids how easy it is to make. Put the kettle on, put oats in a bowl, cover the oats with boiling water and within 5 minutes you have perfect oatmeal every time.
Flavour Combination Ideas
Tropical Punch – mango, coconut
Canada Crunch – raison, Maple Walnut Flaxseed
Marvelous Mocha – espresso, cocoa powder
Berry Fun – cherries, cranberries, blueberries
**Want to try Omega Crunch shelled and flavoured flax seed? Use code FLAX4YOU and get 15% off your order.