In a fast-paced world, everything seems like it is go-go-go, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down even a little. We divide our time between this and that, but it never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything done, which can take a toll on us. We don’t get enough sleep. We don’t eat as we should. We make excuses for not taking care of ourselves as best we could. Sound familiar?
Unfortunately, I am not Morpheus, so I don’t have a magic pill that would perfectly balance all of life’s demands. However, I’ll share with you something else that can make things a bit easier—a recipe. I know you’re thinking, how can a recipe improve my life? But, hear me out.
Mornings can be tough. For me, I procrastinate getting out of the bed, so much so that I set my alarm to go off an hour before I need to get ready for work. I know I can hit the snooze button three times before I run the risk of being late. Then, I have just enough time to get myself together and race out the door, which never includes breakfast. Let me tell you that it is no fun when your stomach protests and roars in the middle of an office meeting because you're hungry.
I recognized my morning routine of not eating until lunch was unhealthy and could be embarrassing in certain settings—like that office meeting. I decided to fix this by committing to a grab and go breakfast. Every weekend, I prepare my breakfast of oatmeal for the workweek. I know oatmeal might not sound too appealing, but when jazzed up it is both filling and delicious.
Warning: I’m one of those people who does not measure when they cook. I add a bit of this, and a bit of that until it looks or taste right. I’ve done my best to quantify the ingredients in the recipe for you wonderful folks.
It is that simple! I grab one of my oatmeal jars and a banana to eat when I get to work. It is easy to do, customizable, quick, filling, healthy and tasty. You can eat it cold, room temperature or hot—whatever your preference. If you want to heat it up, put it in the microwave for 45 seconds to a minute. Be sure to watch it so that it doesn’t overflow.
Sometimes the oatmeal has absorbed all of the milk. If you don’t like thick oatmeal, you can add some water or more milk. If I have extra fruit, like fresh strawberries, I’ll cut up a bit to doctor up my breakfast a bit more. I may even add some flaxseed if the mood strikes me. Whatever you want goes, and there is no right or wrong.
My version of overnight oats is a nice treat. When I bite into a mango, my mouth is in food heaven. I love mangos. Not to mention, overnight oats removes the excuse of not having time for a proper breakfast. I love that it is inexpensive, convenient, simple, healthy and yummy.
Let me know how this recipe works for you.
Do you have any grab and go meal ideas?
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