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Oatmeal Parfait

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but seriously, how do we get out the door on time with everything we need for the day and have time to make breakfast?!

Personally, I’m a smoothie person. I throw stuff in a blender, pour it in a few cups and hand them out. It’s easy. I also feel peace of mind knowing that the kids have all the nutrients they need to perform optimally at school.

But…some days I actually want to sit down and chew on something. The problem is, I am NOT a morning person. I am not interested in getting up earlier to cook.

So, here is one of my simple solutions for the morning rush. Oatmeal parfaits!

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I make these on the weekend or while I’m making dinner, since I’m already destroying the kitchen.

It’s pretty simple. Cook steel cut oats. Layer in jars with your favorite fruit. Throw it in the fridge for a rainy day.

This one has dried blueberries and fresh sliced bananas. I love to add chia seeds, a scoop of almond butter and almond milk too. You can eat it cold or heat for a minute or so.

Now you might think to yourself, “Gosh I can just buy those cute little packages of flavored instant oatmeal.” Well, if you don’t care about your health, be my guest. But it’s totally worth the extra trouble of making your own oatmeal parfaits instead.

Why not instant?

Oats are a healthy breakfast option because they are full of protein, fiber and other nutrients. Unfortunately, those cute little instant packets have been processed (to death) and someone thought it’d be clever to add a bunch of junk you don’t need, like gobs of sugar. That’s a great marketing strategy, but a terrible health strategy. Don’t eat that crap!