I posted this a while back in my insta-story and realized I never wrote an actual blog post about it. This idea is by no means genius, however I only recently realized what an amazing idea it would be to make my own oatmeal packets so figured I would share! The idea came to me when I was traveling for a conference and for 2 reasons: 1.) I am trying to save money for a wedding, therefore am on a serious budget and 2.) I am sick of eating bagels or pastries for breakfast when I am out of town and feeling bloated the rest of the day. These packets are lightweight and easy to throw in your luggage or carryon without taking up much space. Plus you can pretty much always find hot water in a hotel (fo' FREE!).
I know many of us are on the go and want to stay healthy when traveling so this is just a quick and simple idea to keep you full for a long time! Dancers- this one is also a great idea for you to bring to conventions, competitions, etc. You need the fuel to keep you going for long days of dancing and this will do a great job of that!
Oatmeal is nutrient packed- it is low in fat, high in carbs and high in fiber. This is the perfect combination to keep you full longer and provide you with sustained energy throughout the day. I use steel cut oats because I like the consistency, however the only difference between steel cut oats and rolled oats is how they are processed.
I am listing my favorite things to add to my oatmeal, but these are totally customizable to your taste. Have fun with it and add whatever you like best!
HOMEMADE OATMEAL PACKETS
TOTAL TIME: 5 minutes
MAKES: as many as you want!
1/3 cup of steel cut oats
1 tsp of organic coconut sugar (or add to your taste)
1 tbsp of chia seeds
1 tbs of unsweetened organic coconut flakes
Handful of roughly chopped walnuts
Handful of raisins
1. Add all ingredients to a ziplock baggie. You can use a Tupperware container to be more environmental friendly but this will take up more space in your luggage. I use ziplocks and then just continue to reuse them.
2. Place in a cup or bowl and add 1-2 cups of hot water. Again, I don't ever measure this part (because I don't travel with a measuring cup) so I just add water until it makes the consistency that I like.
3. Allow oatmeal to sit, covered if possible, for 2-3 minutes. Stir and ENJOY!
It is as simple as that!
When I was traveling this fall, I brought a travel soup mug with me and used this every day to make my oatmeal in. One morning when I was running late, I actually brought the oatmeal packet downstairs to the conference with me and used the hot water and paper cups that were there for tea. This was also super convenient because I could go into the conference with my breakfast in hand! If you don't want to travel with a mug or don't have one this is a great alternative, just a little less environmentally friendly!
Comment below and let me know if you try it out!
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