When my clients come to me with complaints of anxiety, overwhelm, brain fog, lack of motivation or depression, the first thing I look at is their nutrition. We've all been taught that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet so many people either skip this meal altogether or otherwise skimp on it, opting for a cup of coffee and a bagel, or worse, a doughnut or other sugary confection. Then they wonder why they are lethargic, anxious or just feel icky! Sadly, many miss lunch too and then wonder why they binge on junk food at night.
Breakfast doesn't have to be a chore! If you are looking to lose weight, breakfast within the first hour of waking is a requirement to get your metabolism moving. Moreover, your brain needs the nutrients after starving all night while you sleep! Oh, but let me guess... You don't have time to make a decent breakfast in the morning. You're too busy, right? Well, now you don't have an excuse! This nutritiously yummy concoction takes less than 30 minutes to make a dozen jars, is portable so you can take it on the go, and....well, there's chocolate if you'd like! I make variations of this oatmeal for Wyatt, Barb and myself each weekend so that we can stay healthy, happy and on the move. Enjoy!
The Basic Recipe, per 16oz mason jar (2 servings):
1/2 cup muesli
1/4 cup steel cut oats (don't use quick cook here)
1/4 cup red bulgur wheat
3 tablespoons flax seed
1 cup almond milk
Simply mix all the dry ingredients together in your mason jar, add the almond milk and pop it in the fridge overnight. Yep...That's all there is to it!
Have a sweet tooth? Go ahead and add a tablespoon of dark chocolate chips. They're good for you. Here's some other treats I've snuck into the family oatmeal:
peanut butter chips
coconut flakes (unsweetened)
chocolate almond milk (only adds 10 calories a serving)
Play around with it and have some fun with your food!
So, what's the nutritional value? Glad you asked! Per mason jar with just the basics listed above, you're looking at 705 calories, a whopping 24 grams of protein, 21 grams of fiber, 116 grams of carbohydrates, and 16 grams of fat (the good kind). Keep in mind each jar is two servings so if you're the type to skip lunch too (or run out for lunch and have to opt for something less than healthy), this powerhouse of a meal may be just what the doctor ordered to keep your energy levels up, mental power up, and be kind to your waistline too.
Want to make a dozen? Here's my shopping list to get you started:
2 18oz bags Bob's Red Mill Muesli
1 16oz bag Bob's Red Mill Flax seeds - this will last you a while! I buy the whole seeds, but you can get the meal too. The meal has slightly less protein.
1 16oz bag Bob's Red Mill steel cut oats
1 16oz bag Bob's Red Mill Red Bulgur
3 32oz boxes Blue Diamond Almond Breeze almond milk (unsweetened) - Try chocolate or vanilla, just be sure to get the unsweetened version.
Try it out and let us know what your favorite variation is!