I have never been the type of person that can eat right when I wake up. The cop literally rolls out of bed and the words, “I’m hungry” come out of his mouth. Me? I take at least a half hour if not an hour to putter around, wake up a little, and brew a pot of coffee before I can even think about eating. Normally during the work week I drink coffee at home (and bring a cup to go for work) and I eat my breakfast at my desk around 9:00/9:30 AM. That being said, I’m always looking for healthy easy items to bring with me to work for breakfast. There are only so many days that you can face a container of yogurt in the morning.
I used to bring oatmeal in a snack baggie with me to work when the 3:30 hunger pains hit, but lately I’ve been whipping together a healthy oatmeal concoction and bringing it in for my morning breakfast. This oatmeal is healthy, low calorie and easy to tote to work in a mason jar.
Each morning I throw together a mixture of quick-cook oats, chia seeds, almond milk and homemade sugar-free applesauce (made by my mother in Buffalo, NY from the trees in their backyard. Yum!). Chia seeds are certainly the new go-to health food this year. Experts claim they help suppress appetite, are full of fiber, antioxidants, calcium and omega-3 fatty acids. I typically add about 1 tablespoon to my morning mixture.
Mix it all together, throw a few blueberries on top and toss it into your bag to bring to work. I eat this cold at my desk, but you could also easily microwave it in your glass jar at the office.
Quick Morning Applesauce Oatmeal
Calories: 180 calories Fat: 6 g Carbohydrates: 27 g Fiber: 7 g
- 1/4 cup 1 minute quick cooking oatmeal
- 1/4 cup almond milk (or skim milk, or water)
- 3 Tbsp sugar-free applesauce
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- Optional: dash cinnamon or nutmeg
Mix together oatmeal, almond milk, chia seeds and applesauce in mason jar. Add cinnamon or nutmeg to taste. Toss a few blueberries on top. Let sit in the fridge or at room temperature for at least 1 hour. Enjoy!