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Oats to Go

I eat one of two breakfasts every day when I arrive at work – overnight oats or hot oatmeal. To be more specific, I have overnight oats on mornings that I practice yoga before work and get ready at the studio and hot oatmeal when I get ready at home.

I am one of those people who will never have time to eat breakfast at home before work. I don’t know where the time goes but no matter what time I get up, I always seem to be rushing out of the door. Luckily, I have a system down to make sure that I can still get in a filling and nutritious breakfast. Due to my activity level, I wake up starving and have to get a substantial amount of calories in at breakfast. I find that these two breakfasts always hold me over until lunch.

Overnight oats are an easy breakfast to go because you assemble them the night before in a tupperware or jar and just add the toppings of your choice in the mornings.

Overnight oats also pack well in a cooler if you work out in the mornings.

My other breakfast of choice is hot oatmeal. While I’m getting ready in the mornings (usually after I shower) I put a pot of oats on the stove on the lowest heat setting. I let them slowly cook for 20-30 minutes and make a couple quick stops in the kitchen to give them a stir. The key is to cook them on very low heat. They will slowly thicken and get a great texture.

Once I’m dressed and ready, I head to the kitchen to make my coffee and oats to go. I always pour my oats into a jar (we have lots of random recycled jars – I get lots of inquisitive stares from my co-workers when I use an empty ranch dressing jar!) and throw them in my bag.

When I arrive at work I reheat the oats for about 30 seconds in the microwave (the reason I use jars is so I don’t have to heat plastic) and dig in.

So I’m here to tell you that it is possible to eat a delicious, healthy and hearty breakfast at work! What are some of your favorite on the go breakfasts?

This morning’s oatmeal mixture was a little different. I have really been trying to embrace the steel cut oats but I just don’t love them. Recently Kath has been running hers through the food processor to make Scottish oats so I decided to try that for this mornings pot of apple cinnamon oats. They did cook more quickly and the texture was a little better but I still love my rolled oats!

Lunch today was a favorite with new sides.

Roasted red pepper hummus, spinach and provolone on Great Harvest Whole Grain Goodness. I was thrilled to find sweet strawberries and grapes at the store this week. I am so ready to add some variety to my apple/pear rotation that I’ve been relying on this winter.

I had my second night of safety re-cert for the Y from 6-9 p.m. so I went for another quick run after work. I covered the same distance as yesterday at about the same pace – 3.5 miles @8:30. I haven’t practiced yoga since Sunday – can you believe it?

While I was sitting in safety training and starving, I counted up the hours that I’ve been in some sort of training in the last seven days and it totaled up to 25 hours!!! Good lord!

I made a quick salad for dinner when I got home.

Spinach, carrots, feta, sundried tomatoes, dried cranberries and a Trader Joe’s Masala Burger with a vinaigrette with lemon juice, honey, olive oil and dijon.

Off to make overnight oats and get in bed. Early ashtanga practice tomorrow.

{ 13 comments… add one }
  • 1
    Alaina February 16, 2011, 11:36 pm

    Your sandwiches always look so appetizing!

    I love my steel cut oats as overnight oats. Have you tried them yet? 😉

  • 2
    Becky February 17, 2011, 7:04 am

    I am loyal to my rolled oats, too! I use them to make oatmeal or “pancakes” almost every morning.

  • 3
    Lou February 17, 2011, 7:17 am

    Thank you for the reminder of these breakfasts to go – i have been grabbing bars for the last few weeks and it’s such a drag. You’ve motivated me to tote some oats today 🙂 Hope you’re feeling better!

    • 4
      Jen February 17, 2011, 8:52 am

      i love “tote some oats!” 😀

  • 5
    Jackie @ Baking Charms February 17, 2011, 8:56 am

    I can’t even explain the strange stares/comments I get when reheating my OIAJ at work. Ha!

    • 6
      Jen February 17, 2011, 9:28 am

      I know! I can’t even tell you how many people have stopped by my desk, looked at my overnight oats and asked, “what IS that!?”

  • 7
    Jessica @ Dishin' About Nutrition February 17, 2011, 9:11 am

    Yum! What do you put in your oatmeal? It looks like PB (obvi), and prunes? Do you put anything else in there like honey or cinnamon?

    • 8
      Jen February 17, 2011, 9:27 am

      Hi Jessica – I usually top my oatmeal with nut butter and either pumpkin/apple butter or some sort of fruit spread. Here are two recipes that will give you an idea of what I put in my oats. Banana Pumpkin Oatmeal and Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal.

  • 9
    Lindsay February 17, 2011, 9:43 am

    I know that magazine in the background! It’s the one that had the Avett Brothers on the cover!!!!

    • 10
      Jen February 17, 2011, 9:47 am

      Yes! It’s the Garden and Gun music issue. The Avett Brothers are my favorite band! 🙂

  • 11
    Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) February 17, 2011, 11:11 am

    Rolled oats are the way to go!! Well I say that having never tried steel cut…! 😉 I haven’t really tried overnight oats either…I just love my hot oatmeal too much!! 😛

    Enjoy your yoga tomorrow! Hope you feel okay for it 🙂

  • 12
    Jen February 17, 2011, 3:20 pm

    When I used to work in an office, I would bring a smoothie for my commute and then have a grapefruit with 2 hardboiled eggs, every single day.
    You always have the best meals!!!

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