Oatmeal is a great breakfast option especially when you can make your own oatmeal bowl by adding healthy and fibre-rich options to it. Prepping oatmeal packets on the weekend for the week ahead makes for a quick and hearty breakfast to fuel your day ahead.
Eating oatmeal helps to stabilize your blood sugar and by adding some fibre-rich ingredients to it – even better as well as maintaining this in your snack and meal choices throughout the day.
A part of our food prep on weekends is taking some whole grain oats with a few ingredients like dried fruit cinnamon, and whatever else you have on hand and measuring it into individual zip baggies. These are great for portion control and also adding in your choice of ingredients to plain oats and customizing it to your liking.
We also add these quick oats to other recipes as well which you can find here.
1/3 cup of oats: Quaker Whole Grain Quick Oats
Here are some optional add-ins:
A few pieces of dried fruit (goji berries, blueberries, banana’s, etc)
About a tsp of cinnamon - Club House Ground Cinammon (depends how much you prefer) we usually just eyeball it and sprinkle some into the bag)
About 1/3 tsp of chia seeds
About 1/3 tsp of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts
Water (about 1/3 of a cup, add more to your liking)
Add-ins after oatmeal is warm:
1 Tsp of Natural Peanut Butter
Fruit: blueberries, strawberries, banana’s, etc
1. Line up your zip bags. Fill each with 1/3 of a cup of oats. We add our chia seeds, hemp hearts and dried fruit into the bag – cuts your breakfast prep time on the day you have this for breakfast. Add in your cinnamon.
2. Seal bags and set aside for the week in a container on your counter (with your other pre-assembled food items for the week).
3. To warm, give your oatmeal baggie a shake. Pour oatmeal packet contents into a bowl. Add 1/3 cup of water or so and pop in microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds OR boil some water and add it to your oatmeal in a bowl.
4. Top with your favourite add-ins.
We love to add almonds and Natural Peanut Butter. You can also add in some fresh fruit instead of the dry fruit once oatmeal is warm.
Adding some cinnamon – adds sweetness (without the added sugar), fibre + protein + magnesium-rich (and more nutrients) chia seeds and/or hemp hearts combined with natural sugars from fruits and some natural peanut butter or seed butter and oats = fuel powered breakfast!
This is a delicious and great food prep option, simple to put together, you can control what you add to it and customize it to your liking. We enjoy oatmeal a few times a week and change up the ingredients every so often. Simple to make, delicious and satisfying!
What are your favourite OATMEAL ADD-INS?