Back to school is next week for my kids and I’m already focused on ways for my kids to get some nutrition while on the go. This year, as we head in to back-to-school season, I’m vowing not to take a good, balanced diet for granted when it comes to my children’s school lunches.These simple recipe for Overnight Oatmeal To Go for Kids is a great way to start off the day on the right foot.
I’m all too often that mom who shrugs at what the kids eat. I blame it on being busy, but sometimes it’s also just from being lazy. It’s EASIER to just let them eat it than fight with them over it. It’s something I’ve been working on. As a result, I’ve tried to at least make BETTER choices for my family when it comes to food–I researched and talked to a friend that’s very knowledgeable on clean eating about things I should focus on. I’ve made small changes like switching to kids snacks that don’t contain food dye. I look for a healthier version of their favorite snack crackers like a whole grain or whole wheat. I try to keep loads of fresh fruit and veggies in the house and encourage that as a snack before dinner.
I wanted to start with a fun way to get a healthy breakfast ready for my kids in advance and in a cool new way that they will like. My overnight oatmeal pops to go have fresh fruits, steel cut oats, almond milk, greek yogurt, and brown sugar to sweeten the deal.
1/2 cup steel cut oats or old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup almond milk
1 cup Greek Yogurt
1/4 cup brown sugar (or more or less to taste)
Lutein rich fruits of choice like chopped strawberries, raspberries, or even a bit of spinach
In a bowl mix together the yogurt, milk, oats, and brown sugar. If using steel cut oats, consider letting them sit in a bowl of warm water on the counter for a few hours before mixing them in with the other ingredients (drain the excess water first). This will allow them to soften up. Stir together well then add finely chopped fruit toppings of choice. Other things to add include coconut, almonds, cinnamon, etc. as desired.
Place lid on container and store overnight.
Next day scoop into individual popsicle bags with spoon. Seal and clean off any spillage under the faucet, then store in the fridge until ready to eat. The kids can take a nutritious, fun breakfast with them on the go! Let them make their own combinations for the week by selecting a variety of fruits and toppings and getting them excited about creating their own.
These are great for the whole family too, not just the kids. I packed up 5 of them for my week and I bring them in for my mid-morning snack at work. No bowl, no spoon needed!