I met with a client at her house the other day; I am super proud of her, as she is seeing all of the allergies she has recently discovered she has as an opportunity to really take charge of her health and make some changes. Something she said really struck me. She said she wants all of these changes to “become second nature.” With that in mind, I thought I would share my breakfast routine, as it has recently become very streamlined and easy.
1. Bob’s Red Mill Certified Gluten-Free Quick cooking oatmeal
I buy this at Fred Meyer, but it can also be found online here.
2. Slivered almonds from Trader Joe’s
3. Brown Sugar
4. Roasted and salted sunflower seeds from Trader Joe’s
I like to re-use jars and store things that normally come in bags in them. This means a lot less fiddling around with bags and clips and such during those precious morning moments. Here is my current morning breakfast routine:
I scoop my oatmeal out of the container with a 1/3 cup measure (the 1/2 cup the back of the Bob’s Red Mill package calls for always seems to be a bit too much). I fill the 1/3 cup scoop up twice with water and dump the water in my bowl for a total of 2/3 cup water (making a 1:2 oatmeal to water ratio). I microwave it for 2 minutes, then let it stand for a bit. When the oatmeal is ready to eat, I open my jars and shake my toppings over the top of my oatmeal.
I love this because there is an endless variety of topping combinations one could use.
Some other ideas:
Any type of nut
Gluten-free chocolate chips
Fresh fruit or berries (you could pre-slice these and keep them in a container in the refrigerator)
I also keep my coffee in a jar, so I can shake or spoon out coffee quickly into a filter without having to deal with re-rolling and sealing a bag. If you are anything like me, you know how much saving that little bit of time in the morning can help! Especially pre-coffee!
What do you do to save time in the mornings? Any tips for making a gluten-free diet second nature?