Even though studies show that eating breakfast every morning leads to a healthier lifestyle, lots of people are skipping breakfast. And who doesn’t want to be healthy?
So why is it that all of these people are skipping breakfast in the morning? Survey responses suggest that most people don’t have time to eat breakfast at home. Or they’ll grab something on the way, like a coffee. But that’s not a real breakfast. Others are reaching for donuts, toaster pastries, and granola bars. According to Eating Well, these are quick breakfast options, but a healthier option would be a balanced mix of healthy foods that will keep you satisfied longer than your morning commute.
Eating Well suggests pairing a whole grain cereal with a solid source of protein. But, those individual packets of instant oatmeal and a couple slices of deli meat aren’t the best breakfast option for you, either. Today, I’m going to show you how to get your grains in all week with a bit of meal prep on Sunday, and if you check back next week, I’ll help you get your protein (and some veggies!) at every breakfast.
Making Oatmeal Quick WITHOUT Instant oats.
Oatmeal is one of the best sources of whole grains you can get, and, according to Prevention, steel cut is the best. But who has time to cook up a pot of steel cut oatmeal every morning? No one, right? Don’t worry! You can get that awesome bowl of nutritional goodness every morning with a little meal prep on Sunday.
I’m going to teach you how to make “Oatmeal Pucks.” Oatmeal pucks keep in the freezer for weeks, and they’re easy to reheat in the morning. Plus, it’s easy to change up the flavor every day! These are a much healthier option than Instant Oats.
1. Cook the oats
This is pretty simple: you need to cook your oats according to the instructions on the package. My favorite (and I’ve tried lots) are Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats. These really keep me full and satisfied all morning. You want to make sure you make enough for each day of the week, and it’s better to make too much than not enough. It will keep in the freezer for weeks. I usually do six cups of water and two cups of oats, and I get about two weeks worth of oatmeal pucks.
2. Portion the Oats
I’m a Beachbody Coach, so I’m an avid portion container system user. This step is key. If you don’t portion the oats, you will end up with a useless pile of oatmeal. PORTION IT OUT! This is what makes it a fast breakfast during the week.
I let the oats cool a little after they’re cooked, and use my yellow container to portion out single serving sizes of oatmeal into a muffin tin (I use a jumbo muffin tin, but a regular one works if that’s all you have).
If you don’t have a yellow container yet, you can get one here, or you can use a measuring cup. I’d recommend somewhere around ½ a cup per serving, even though the package says 1 cup prepared. That’s a lot of oatmeal and fiber to eat, especially if you’re not used to it!
3. Freeze the Oats
Once you’ve filled your muffin tins, make sure the oatmeal is completely cooled, and put the tins into your freezer. It will take a couple hours for them to completely harden, and when they do, they become oatmeal pucks!
Once they are frozen, you can pop them out of the muffin tin by dipping the whole pan in warm water (if you’re fancy like that), or you can do what I do: turn the muffin tin upside down, and run warm water across the tin, praying that none of the pucks fall into the sink…Make sure you catch the pucks as they fall!
Put all the pucks into a gallon size freezer bag, and store them in the freezer until you need them!
4. Reheat the Oats
Don’t worry. You aren’t eating frozen oats as your quick breakfast! In the morning, pop an oatmeal puck out of your freezer and into a microwave safe bowl. Heat it up for about 90 seconds (a minute and a half or so), and then top with some healthy options.
Not sure what to top it with? You can grab my FREE Oatmeal Toppings Recipe List. It includes the 21 Day Fix counts, if you’re like me and into that.
What do you think of Oatmeal Pucks? Pretty neat, right? Try it, and share your pictures below! I’d love to see what you create.