Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Refrigerator Oatmeal: The Mega Breakfast

Grab-And-Go breakfasts are a very good thing. . .whether you're a barista that's out the door at 5AM or not!

Something I've been loving lately is refrigerator oatmeal.

No heat is required. You can control the amount of sugar in it and make it as healthy and unprocessed as you want. The raw oats give you a great boost of minerals to start your day. . .

What's not to love? All you need to do is mix all the ingredients together the night before, and in the morning grab it and a spoon on your way out the door.

Here's my basic recipe:

- 1/2 cup quick oats
- 1/2 cup of organic cow's milk or unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 Tbsp whole flax/chia seed (or ground would be fine!)
- 1 Tbsp blackstrap molasses, grade B maple syrup, or raw honey
- 1/8 cup dried fruit (usually raisins or chopped dates)

I put it all in a glass jar, stir it once, screw on the lid, and let it soak overnight. 6-8 hours should be sufficient to give it the texture of cooked oatmeal.

I plugged my usual combination (with almond milk, flaxseed, molasses, and dates) into the SparkRecipe recipe calculator--which is my new favorite tool, by the way--and refrigerator oatmeal is an excellent source of vitamins B1, B5, B6, D, and E, and minerals Calcium, Copper, Folate, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, and Zinc. Not to mention it has 7 grams of protein, which is almost as much as an egg has.

Talk about a power breakfast!

What are your favorite grab-and-go breakfasts?

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