One day into blogging about my healthy lunches, and bam! Up pops a challenge. (Or two). As a back to school treat our social club at school did a free breakfast for us. Then, my lovely principal did a free lunch for us.
I easily tackled the first objective. Realizing that there were likely to be pastries galore, I decided to pack my breakfast. Typically I eat breakfast at home, but I did not want to be completely unsocial. Knowing me, if I hadn’t packed something to eat there, I would have ended up eating at home AND at work. I also knew I would need some snacks. Here is what I packed:
Overnight Steel-Cut Oats (thank you pinterest for the idea) with slices of banana and some frozen blueberries. My modified recipe is below. All my Weight Watchers people, that is only 4 Points Plus! For snack I threw a fat free greek yogurt (3 Points Plus), and a clementine (0 Points).
My prediction about the pastries was correct. But I was surprised to see an array of fresh fruit. I added some watermelon to my plate and had that with my oatmeal. Completely satisfied but anxiously awaiting to see if I could make my lunch healthy I got to work moving furniture in my classroom.
Before I knew it, lunch time had rolled around. Of course, my co-worker and I were first in line. You can still be a pig and eat healthy! To be completely honest, it just over joyed me to see the spread out for lunch. There were so many possibilities to be healthy it almost killed me! Knowing that others are making an effort to be healthy to just makes me feel good all over. Here’s what my plate looked like:
1 slice of wheat bread, turkey with red onions, lettuce and 1 blob of yellow mustard. Salad and assorted veggies (olives too) with lightly drizzled french dressing. Fruit salad. Proud of myself, for skipping the chips! Proud of my school for so many healthy choices! Attacked the luncheon and was successful!
By the way, that clemtine I packed, was never eaten. The refrigerator in my classroom works. In fact, it really works. When I went to eat my clemtine this afternoon it was frozen!
Now for the recipe! I prefer Steel-Cut Oats over oatmeal, and I love oatmeal. To me, the cut oats have a better texture, taste better and are better as a made ahead of time meal, which is what I’m all about. I use one serving in the morning, and then put the 3 other servings in containers to eat throughout the week. I must confess, I love these oats so much I sometimes eat them for dinner too!
Overnight Oats (makes 4 servings):
1 tsp olive oil
1 cup uncooked steel-cut oats
3 cups water
Fruit of choice fresh or frozen optional (I like bananas and or berries best)
1. In a medium sauce pan heat oil. Or if you are impatient like me skip this step and just throw it all in!
2. Add 1 cup of oats and lightly cook until toasted
3. Add 3 cups water
4. Cover and bring to boil
5. As soon as it starts boiling, shut off the burner but leave the pan on the stove. Leave it there all night long. Just a note, I usually get some spill over on my stove but it doesn’t bother me and cleans up early. I also don’t have a big pot.
5. Reheat one portion in the microwave.
If you are adding fruit I add frozen before microwaving, and fresh after microwaving. I have also added cinnamon and it’s delicious. No sugar needed just the fruit!
Keep it healthy 🙂