I’ve been a pescatarian (someone who doesn’t eat meat but does eat fish) for 9 years now. It all started with a what I thought was going to be a fun read over the summer to a total life change. The book was Skinny B**** and it was a quick, vulgar, hilarious, and eye opening experience that I knew I could never be the same after I read it. That book discusses going vegan but I’m a work in progress that has removed all meat and a lot of dairy from my diet.
9 years later, a marriage, and a baby later it’s HARD to eat healthy while being working mom where I need to be out the door by 7:00. I found the easiest way for me to eat healthy in the morning is literally eating with my little one. I used to eat my oatmeal while nursing and then that changed to me eating while he enjoys his morning cup of milk while we look out the window and talk about our day. He started sneaking bites of my oatmeal around 7 months of age so I knew he was ready for some oatmeal too. We followed the “baby lead weaning” approach to Crew’s diet and it’s really paid off because he eats what we eat. He’s literally not had one puree in his 14 years of life. (Check out the book, Baby Lead Weaning by Gill Rapley $11 on Amazon for more info on that front.)
Here’s my favorite bulk recipe step-by-step because I’ve found about 30 different ones online and none of those seemed to work for me. (And I do have to add a disclaimer that my husband perfected this recipe since he’s the cook of the house most weeks around the Frank household)
Bulk Oatmeal Recipe
Bring 6 1/4 cups of water to a boil
4 c of 100% Whole Grain Old Fashioned Quick Oats
Add 1 pinch of salt
2 drops of cinnamon essential oil OR 2 tsp of cinnamon spice
2 tsp of vanilla extract
Bring to a boil then IMMEDIATELY remove from heat and cover
Let the oatmeal sit covered for 10 minutes then scoop into tupperware containers. I add a dash of almond milk to the tops of the containers to ensure the oats keep hydrated after re-heating in the microwave.
The little containers are for my little guy since of course I’m instilling the values of healthy eating with him too! This batch makes enough for 6 servings for the both of us.
How I eat it:
I stick mine in the microwave for about 1 minute then add chia or flax seeds and half a banana to add some sweetness. Many of the instant oatmeal packages pack them full of unneeded sugars, preservatives, or you’re using those throw away containers which aren’t environmentally friendly. I watched an AMAZING documentary that really was an eye opening experience called Fed Up (available on Netflix) that discussed the real epidemic of obesity being sugar not fats. I couldn’t have agreed more! Sugar is hidden in SO many products, even canned spaghetti sauce has over your daily allotted amount. Mind. Blown.
Enjoy cooking this bulk oatmeal recipe for you and your family for breakfast so you can all feel good about the food you’re putting into your bodies! At the end of the day, you are what you eat.