A quick play by play before I head to my test!
I always make a big batch of oats (1 cup, which is 4 servings for me since I like toppings) and then reheat them through the week. Here is how!
1. Make oatmeal as usual, and let cool in a storage container before putting it in the fridge. In the morning, once you’ve gotten all your toppings together, scoop out a portion into your favorite microwave safe bowl, and add a few drops of liquid (I always use water)
Today I am using 1/2 banana, 5 g slivered almonds, 5 g unsweetened shredded coconut, and 1 tbs pb (Skippy since the good stuff is at the office!). Microwave your scooped out portion for 1 minute, then add your banana and microwave for 1 more minute.
While the oatmeal is in the microwave for the second time prepare your spoon of peanut butter. When I am home I measure it, when I’m at the office I just eyeball it. Make sure you keep an eye on the oats in the microwave- they have been known to overflow! When round 2 is done, mix in your peanut butter, and add your toppings.
I like to eat my oats while reading some of my favorite blogs. Seen today with Healthy Tipping Point (definitely one of my favs).
-When I cook the oats the first time, on the stove, I always add a little extra water. So when the directions read 1/2 cup oats to 1 cup water I usually add 1/2 cup oats to 1 1/4 cups water. That way, when you microwave them later, they will grow a little and taste just right.
-Think about your toppings ahead of time. Oatmeal can be dressed up so many different ways, but you don’t want to overpower the bowl with too many flavors or calories (if you are watching them). This is my formula:
-1/2 serving oats (uncooked, 1/4 cup old fashioned oats, made with water)
-1 serving of fruit
-1 tablespoon nut butter
-5-10 grams of fun crunchy/chewy toppings (such as nuts, shredded unsweetened coconut, raisins, dates, etc)
This usually ends up around 325-400 calories and tastes the best too!