Without fail, weekday mornings feel like a race. I jump out of bed, rush though getting ready, make a quick breakfast for my kids, pack lunches and snacks, and we are out the door. I’ve sprinted through my morning routine my whole life. Some people might suggest getting up earlier, but that is just not going to happen. I prefer time saving strategies that allow me to take advantage of every minute of extra sleep I can get. I think anyone with children will definitely understand.
My kids are both in school now and are old enough get themselves ready with a little guidance. I’ll grab their clothes and they will get dressed while I’m making breakfast. As they eat breakfast, I’ll make lunches. Thankfully, we have a lunch box routine that make lunch packing really easy. My lunch box station contains easy grab-and-go items like pretzels and applesauce, so that I only have to think about the main dish. The system works- most of the time.
The biggest issue with our morning routine is running into “bottlenecks.” This happens if one of the kids doesn’t want to wear what I pick out for them or doesn’t like my choice for their lunch. The most common of all bottlenecks is the decision about breakfast. I always prefer a quick breakfast. Yes, eating healthy is important, but as the minutes tick down till the school bus comes, I need fast options.
Oatmeal has always been a favorite breakfast option. Both of my kids will eat it without complaints; the only problem here is that my youngest doesn’t like his food to be hot, so a fresh bowl of stovetop oatmeal isn’t going to work for us. On top of this bottleneck, they both like to add their own things to the oatmeal like fruit and chia seeds. This becomes too time-consuming.
This summer, I discovered the new oatmeal cups from Bob’s Red Mill. I could not believe how good they were! I just added water then heated them in the microwave and had a great breakfast almost instantly. My original plan was to hoard them all for myself, but as soon as school started I realized these oatmeal cups could save my sanity and make my morning run so much smoother.
I taught my boys how to make them so they could make their own breakfast. The great thing was it had all the ingredients we love, so there was no need to add extra ingredients. Our only hiccup was that my youngest had to let it cool off for a while before eating it.
Since my youngest loves cold oatmeal, we decided to give the Bob’s Red Mill oatmeal cups a try using the overnight oats method. Think of overnight oats as the cold brew coffee of the oatmeal world – they are never cooked, just given plenty of time to soak up flavors in the fridge. Guess what: our overnight oats were an instant hit! Now breakfast can be prepped the night before, and all my kids have to do in a rushed morning is pull the cup from the fridge and enjoy!
Bob’s Red Mill Overnight Oats Recipe
One Bob’s Red Mill oatmeal cup (any flavor)
¼ cup non-dairy milk
¼ cup non-dairy yogurt
¼ cup applesauce
Open Bob’s Red Mill oatmeal cup and add non-dairy milk, non-dairy yogurt and applesauce. Stir well then replace lid and place in refrigerator. Let sit for 6-8 hours then serve. Visit Bob’s Red Mill online recipe collection you’re looking for specific recipes for Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats or Blueberry Hazelnut Overnight Oats.
Yes, it’s that easy to have cold oatmeal, waiting for you in the morning without any extra work. We all know mornings are tough, so make it easy on yourself by making overnight oats the night before with Bob’s Red Mill. Learn more about their Oatmeal cups at the Bob’s Red Mill website.
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Holly Yzquierdo started blogging in 2012 after switching to a plant-based diet to overcome health issues. My Plant-Based Family is focused on allergy-friendly, whole food that won’t break the budget. Each week brings a new family-friendly meal plan with regular healthy living tips and recipes.Originally posted September 2016