I am lucky in that for years, my husband, Jed, prepared my breakfast every morning before he left for work. For the longest time, he made whole wheat English muffins with low-fat herb and veggie cream cheese (made from scratch) with smoked salmon. This satisfied my cravings for bagels and lox, a breakfast staple from my childhood.
For years, I heard how oatmeal is a great choice for breakfast because it is high in fiber and protein, which is supposed to make us feel fuller. During college, when I was working with a personal trainer, he had me eating egg whites and oatmeal cooked with water and cinnamon as my morning meal. I tried to like the oatmeal, but unfortunately, that never happened.
Recently, I saw mason jar oatmeal recipes around social media. I did not pay these recipes any mind, because I loved my English muffins for breakfast. These recipes caught my husband’s attention because he was talking about wanting to change-up his breakfast routine to include more fiber and protein through whole foods. Then, he saw one of his co-workers eating oatmeal from a mason jar she prepared earlier in the week. My husband was able to ask questions about ingredients, measurements, and ways to combine flavors. A great aspect about this grab-and-go breakfast is that it can be eaten cold or heated up.
The following weekend, Jed came home from the grocery store with plenty of mason jars along with all of the ingredients for overnight oatmeal. It seemed most of the ingredients were very healthy and some received some very positive press for increased energy, weight loss, and prevention of diseases.
- 1/2 cup raw quick cooking oats – 150 calories
- 1/2 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt – 65 calories
- 1/2 cup Almond milk – 15 calories
- 1 tablespoon of local honey (to help your body build immunity to local allergens) – 60
- 1 tablespoon of peanut butter – 100 calories
- 1/2 cup of mashed fresh raspberries and blackberries – 35 calories
Total calories = 425
If you need to have fewer calories for your breakfast, use 1/3 cup of oats (100 calories), 1/3 cup of yogurt (43 calories), and 1/3 cup of milk (10 calories) for a total of 350 calories.
- Measure out ingredients into mason jar.
- Mix well (could be a good arm workout)
- Cover the jars
- Store in the refrigerator.
- Grab one and bring to work.
- When you arrive to work, pop it open and enjoy.
- Feel free to microwave it if you want a hot breakfast. At my office, 2 minutes seems to do the trick.
I have eaten this breakfast for a couple of weeks now. When I am done, my belly feels very satiated. This is such a great meal to have at work with a cup of hot green tea. It is easy to eat this slowly as I sometimes find myself eating my last bite 45 minutes later. I love the convenience of how easy it is to pack up in the morning and the ease of cleaning the jar when I am done.
Preparing these meals is great way to teach the kids about measurements and life skills. I think my daughter was more motivated to lick spoons than anything else. We look forward to changing up flavors by using cocoa, different kinds of nut butters and fruit. The possibilities are endless as there is no right or wrong way to make this breakfast! 🙂
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