Cran-Apple Crockpot Oatmeal
Something that helps me to stay on track and eat healthy throughout the week is planning ahead. I normally like to plan a week’s worth of meals at a time. I’ll write in my little My Little Pony notebook (It was under a dollar and you know they are still cool!) everything that I plan to eat for that week and what ingredients I will need.
This helps me so that I’m not eating garbage and that I don’t even have junk food in the house even if I wanted to cheat. I actually end up saving money this way too because I only buy what I need and know that I will use it, instead of buying a bunch of random things and have them go bad mid-week because I didn’t plan what to make with them.
I normally end up planning different dinners throughout the week, eat the left-overs for lunch the next day, and have the same breakfast throughout the week.
Along with blogging, I also work in the early morning as an online English teacher for a company based in China. Having the same breakfast every day saves me time and brainpower in my morning routine. The curriculum is already prepared, the kids come excited to learn and my job is basically to be a clown for a 25 minute class. But because the company and the students are based in China there is about a 14 hour time difference from where they live and my home.
During the week I jump out of bed at 5:30am every day and rush to be ready for clowning for my first class at 6:00am. It’s taken some practice to get ready for the day in only 30 minutes, but because I plan ahead I can do it no problem. One of my favorite breakfasts that is super quick and fuels me for the day is oatmeal. I like to make a big batch at a time, portion them up and be ready to microwave during the week. (Also I just LOVE using my crockpot!!)
For my weekly batch I dump all ingredients in my crockpot and forget about it for about 3 hours. Then I’m ready to go for the week and I know that I will have something super healthy and fulfilling for breakfast every day!
- 2 cups natural oats (not instant)
- 4 cups water
- 2 cups diced apples
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 tbs pumpkin spice
- 1 tbs cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- Add all ingredients to crockpot and set on high for 2.5 hours.
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