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EAT IN: Simple and easy oatmeal

I am always open to anything labeled “simple.” Our morning routine is pretty basic. We all stumble to find the motivation needed to get moving and one by one end up in the kitchen.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and is the perfect meal to encourage healthy eating habits with your entire family.

But it also happens to be the meal when most families are the busiest. Saving a few extra minutes can be the difference between being late or on time for school or work.

Oatmeal is always a sure thing for my family, so this easy and nutritious recipe is a staple. I have tried several other oatmeal recipes which further proves our love of this healthy grain, but this one takes the least amount of time. Prepare this healthy dish the night before, stick it in the fridge and don’t think about it again until morning.

It’s that simple.

Now that breakfast is served and the kids are off to school, begin pondering what’s for dinner. At least that’s what I do every morning.

Simple Overnight Oats

What you’ll need

  • ½ cup whole grain rolled oats, not instant
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • ⅓ cup fresh or frozen berries
  • ½ cup almond milk

How to make it

In a bowl or glass jar combine the oats and chia seeds. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until completely combined. Cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, add a bit of almond milk and stir. This recipe is for one serving. Increase it for the amount of people you need to feed.

The bottom line

This oatmeal can easily be packed into a thermos for a healthy snack at school.

Talk to Tracy

Tracy Friedlob is the mom of two young boys and blogs at