Mornings can be hectic in many households! Between making sure the kids brush their teeth, get dressed, and get their schoolbooks together, you also have to make certain they get a nutritious, healthy breakfast that will sustain them until lunchtime.
Oatmeal is a nutritious food, but only when it is not loaded with sugar and preservatives. While instant oatmeal – the kind that comes in a packet and in flavors like maple or strawberries n’ cream – may taste good and is quick to make, it is not an ideal breakfast food. Take a look at the number of grams of sugar that each packet has, and you’ll be surprised.
So swap out that instant sweetened oatmeal with plain rolled oats or steel cut oatmeal. This way, the kids can add their own healthy toppings like dried fruits, nuts, and seeds.
Want piping hot oatmeal ready to go in the morning with little effort? Here’s an easy recipe for overnight crock pot oatmeal:
- 2 cups milk (1%, soy or almond is fine too)
- 1 c. rolled oats work best, but quick oats can be used as well.
- 1 tbsp. butter
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. salt
Spray the inside of a small 4-quart crock pot with nonstick cooking spray.
Combine all ingredients, except sweetener, into the crock pot and cook on low overnight. For best results no more than 8 hours on low.
In the morning, give it a good stir and add optional fruit toppings. Enjoy!