I always bring my lunch to work. And by lunch I mean lunch and SNACKS. I never like to be without a snack, especially at work and when I'm traveling. At the office, by about 10 AM, I need something to get me through until lunch time. Lately, my go-to is peanut butter oatmeal; it's simple, protein-y, nutritious, and filling. Plus, oatmeal is supposed to support healthy lactation and I can certainly use some help since I have a hungy, hungry baby boy.
I used to keep instant oatmeal at my desk, and it makes a great snack too, but I like that my homemade peanut butter oatmeal doesn't have any added sugar or salt (we use unsalted peanut butter) and I find it to be more filling.
I hadn't given much thought to my oatmeal snack until recently when a colleague saw me making it in the kitchen and said, "Oh! I never thought of that!". When I told a friend about it she had a similar reaction. Who knew something so simple could be so impressive!
So maybe you will also think it's pretty rad.
Peanut Butter Oatmeal
(measurements really aren't needed; you can't mess it up!)
~1/2 cup of plain oatmeal (I used Trader Joes Rolled Oats)
enough vanilla almond milk to cover oats (I prefer Trader Joe's Unsweetened Vanilla flavor)
scoop of peanut butter
Pour oatmeal into a small travel container (something with a tight fitting lid; I use Glasslock containers for my lunch). Pour in enough almond milk to cover the oatmeal. Put the scoop of peanut butter on top of the oatmeal/milk. Put the lid on the container and take it to work! Once at work, keep it in the fridge.
To heat, remove the lid and add a small amount of water (maybe 1/4 cup?) and stir. Most of the milk will have absorbed into the oats so this is to give it a bit more liquid. I use the hot water dispenser at work but cold water is fine, too. Heat in microwave with the lid partially on for 1-2 minutes. Remove, stir until peanut butter is melted and incorporated, and enjoy!
Note: I've found that this keeps fine in the fridge for a couple of days so if you don't eat it one day you can enjoy it the next.
Now you can impress your coworkers, too!