Monday = Tip Day

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Top o’ the morning to ya! I am up and ready to GO! It’s supposed to be in the 70′s all week with only chances of rain on Tuesday and Wednesday, so I’m planning on being outside AMAP (as much as possible :) )

I started my beautiful morning out with an equally beautiful bowl of oatmeal:

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  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • vanilla & cinnamon
  • 1 medium banana, sliced
  • toasted coconut
  • toasted almonds
  • 2 dried figs
  • 2 dried apricots
  • sugar-free maple syrup

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Doesn’t these apricot and fig pieces look like those one types of mushrooms?

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Another winner for sure. Sweet, creamy, filling, chewy, satisfying – perfect!

If you ever look at my list of oatmealĀ ingredients and think to yourself “ugh, that’s just too much work for breakfast!” fear not, I have some tips:

  • On Sundays:
    • Toast enough coconut and almonds for the entire week. Measure out one portion servings of each and place together in tupperware or plastic baggies**.
    • Measure out one portion servings of oatmeal and place in tupperware or plastic baggies.

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  • Night before:
    • Combine 1/2 cup water and 1/2 milk in a little tupperware container. Place in fridge.
    • Cut up dried fruit and place in tupperware or plastic baggies.

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  • Other tips: keep spices/flavorings like syrup, vanilla and cinnamon in a cabinet next to, or near your stove. Then you just have to reach up, use them and place them right back!

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Use these tips to ride the hassle-free highway to oatmeal deliciousness and a great morning. Full stove-top how-to tutorial coming later today! **FYI: don’t get scared at theĀ multiple references to plastic baggies. I re-use these babies multi times and more often than not, use tupperware.

I have been on a fruit KICK the past few weeks. I need to balance that out with a few more vegetable replacements – I just get so excited after such a looooooong winter without fabulous cantaloupe, mangoes, strawberries, etc. ;) I can’t help it! So for lunch I packed:

Fruit salad (I know):

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Blueberry buckle AE yogurt:

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Braeburn apple + crunchy Barney Butter:

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Mmmmm!!! Apples + BB = fabulousness that you must know firsthand ASAP!

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So, I’ve given you some tips for a hassle-free, oatmeal-full breakfast. What are some tips you have for getting breakfasts, lunches and/or dinners ready in no-time?

Have a GREAT Monday everyone!

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Comments

  1. Alison 05.04.2009

    Great looking oatmeal! Much better than mine. My best tip for quick meals is to have plans in place – plan meals out several days in advance. Also, you can cut up certain veggies – like carrots – several days in advance.

  2. fitbecca 05.04.2009

    It sounds like you had a great weekend! I love your blog, it is so much fun to read! Oh and I made the panko chicken tenders last night– SO GOOD!

  3. Kristin 05.04.2009

    So glad you made the chicken tenders – ugh, aren’t they the greatest?!

  4. Kristin 05.04.2009

    Well that’s the good thing about food – when it comes down to it – it really just matters what it tastes like!! Good call on cutting up the veggies in advance – makes for easy & healthy snacks!

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