Good morning friends! If you thought I was going for the egg-bacon-cheese kind of ‘fast food’ … think again 😉
I’m here to share one of my favorite go-to portable breakfasts, guaranteed to get you out the door faster. And by ‘favorite’ I mean that I eat this just about every morning!
Quick Oatmeal Cup
The magic ratio with oatmeal is 1 part solid to 2 parts liquid. For a single serving, here’s what I do:
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 3 Tbs oat bran
- raisins and walnuts
- a few shakes of cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup almond milk
Combine the oats, oat bran, raisins, walnuts and spices in a mason jar. I would say add as many raisins as you like, but I need to cut myself off at a few tablespoons… ditto for the nuts. And I really love pumpkin pie spice here… in my opinion, it doesn’t get nearly enough press during the off-holiday season.
Breakfast is perfectly portable at this step!
Add water and microwave 2-3 minutes… keep an eye on it to prevent overflow. Let cool a minute or two and top with almond milk. I am lucky to have a super-short commute, so I cook mine at home and wrap it in a towel… still piping hot when I get to work.
Great news… not only is oatmeal warm and satisfying, it’s incredibly good for us too! Did you know…
- Oatmeal is a tasty source of heart-healthy fiber. A special strand of fiber called beta-glucan, which works in our bodies to lower bad cholesterol.
- This same type of fiber boosts the immune system!
- The fiber in oatmeal helps to stabilize blood sugar, preventing that mid-morning crash that comes after a sugary breakfast of refined carbs.
- Oatmeal is an excellent source of magnesium, which is a critical mineral in over 300 chemical reactions in the body. Research shows that getting enough magnesium can lower your risk for Type 2 diabetes, help regulate blood pressure, prevent cardiovascular disease, and even help with migraines and depression!
- Oatmeal is also gluten-friendly. Oatmeal does contain a small amount of gluten (although certified GF is available) but many people with allergies can tolerate oatmeal.
I just wish today’s oatmeal was fueling a trek through the snowy woods (but alas, I will be staying warm and dry at the office today)
Hope everyone has a great day!! xox Kristen