Have you heard the quote, “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry”? There is a lot of truth to it. Unfortunately despite how well we plan…and plan and plan, sometimes, something, doesn’t go — well — as planned. And that is why every good plan needs a back-up plan!
I love oatmeal and it is definitely my go-to-breakfast. Like many of my clients I tend to not change my breakfast often, I stick to what works and for me that is oatmeal. It keeps me satisfied for hours and I can change things up a bit by adding different things to it depending on what I have in the house and what I am in the mood for.
PLAN A – Best of Oatmeal
I plan on making my Overnight Stovetop Steel-Cut Oats on Sunday night and I have figured out how much I need to make for the week so that everyone in my house can eat it as often as they usually like to have it. But sometimes that something happens and I miss the mark. Maybe my husband, Dan takes it for breakfast when he usually makes himself an omelet or maybe one of my daughters has had some for a snack with almond butter mixed in (YUM) and there are those times where I just forget to make it. Sometimes, there is always something. I have learned that is life. But since I have a back-up plan it doesn’t throw my whole morning or day into a tailspin.
PLAN B – Easy Oatmeal
My back-up plan and one of my “Favorite Finds” is Trader Joe’s Frozen Steel Cut Oatmeal. It is one of my freezer staples and I always have multiples of this frozen brick-like-puck in my freezer.
That Joe, he really is a genius! The short ingredient list of water, steel cut oats, brown sugar, maple syrup, rolled oats and salt that supplies only 150 calories, 2.5 grams of fat and 7 grams of sugar, just thrills me (in the morning, I guess it doesn’t take much to thrill me).When I add fruit and maybe some nuts or seeds, like I do with my Overnight Steel-Cut Oats, I stay satisfied for the 3-4 hours I expect my oatmeal breakfast to. And it tastes great.
MORNING LIFE CHANGER
Taking less than 5 minutes to make, there is no reason to buy those packets of dry flavorless instant oatmeal anymore. And if you are buying those flavored dry instant oatmeal packets – well — then you are eating a lot more calories from sugar than you may realize, maybe up to 12 grams of sugar, which is the equivalent to 3 teaspoons of sugar. And are you even satisfied?
I don’t know about you, but I can tell you from personal experience and from what I have gathered from clients over the years, the oatmeal in the packets don’t satisfy anyone. Not even close. It isn’t you. They aren’t designed to satisfy hunger long term. The only reason these packets are able to be cooked “instantly” is because each of the grains have been stripped of its outermost layers, where most of the fiber and nutrition are found, for the sole purpose that it can be cooked for one minute. The fiber in oatmeal is what gives it its satiating power; we don’t want it taken away.
THE STANDBY for Oatmeal
Since I like my oatmeal thick I pop it into a microwave safe bowl for 2 ½ minutes while I make my coffee. When those 2 ½ minutes are up I stir it around a bit and put it in for 2 minutes more. And since this oatmeal has more of an essence of maple syrup and brown sugar rather than to say it is flavored with these two ingredients, you can flavor it however you like it. The folks at Trader Joe got it right. It is gently sweetened so some wouldn’t need to add anything else to it but still leaves room for self-tailoring. I add whatever I have around, some fruit and some nuts and it is finished.
I can always depend on these oatmeal packs to get me out of a morning mealtime mess. They are conveniently vacuum sealed and can be opened with your hand, no scissor required, and made within minutes. It is truly a meal that allows for multitasking. And with the madness that mornings can bring, that is the little bowl of heaven that brings calmness to my day.