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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Preach it, sister, I hear you.

Except when you’re trying to get your house picked up for company, your aging body dragged to and from the gym and your vehicle (with you inside, best case scenario) into the office parking lot by 8 am each morning.

Then breakfast gets left on the counter (if it ever actually made it out of the frig to begin with.)

So here’s my new morning BFF: breakfast-in-a-jar!


  • ½ cup uncooked quick oats
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon dried cranberries (or dried fruit of your choice)
  • 1 tablespoon almond slivers (or nuts of your choice)
  • 1 cup water

To make your oatmeal jar, layer dry ingredients in that order (oatmeal first), make as many jars as you like and store in a dry place. Don’t have mason jars? Use ziplock bags and pour into a bowl when you get to your desk. Add one cup water and microwave (at power level 7) for 2 minutes.

What could be simpler?

Thanks to our friends at My Fitness Pal for the recipe!