The Productivity Pumpkin Oatmeal Bento

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I bought a new bento box this weekend at AWA (Anime Weekend Atlanta)! I figured a cute little strawberry bento was worth $6.00. Here it is closed:

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It’s actually perfect for breakfast bentos because it is smaller than my usual ones. I was superbly productive this morning, prepping breakfast and dinner simultaneously. On the left is my oatmeal made with some canned pumpkin, vanilla protein powder, and pumpkin pie spice. I’m sure there will be many pumpkin-oriented posts in the future, so heads up! On the right is some pork sausage on some green beans.

I have neglected to post probably about 2-3 months worth of bentos due to the whole school thing getting in the way. I have a lot of catching up to do!

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The Fruit n’ Cream Oatmeal Bento

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Remember when you were little and you would always bug your mom to get you the Quaker Oats Fruit n’ Cream sugar packets…I mean “Microwave Oatmeal?” My mom would get them for me occasionally and I would eat all the flavored ones, trying my best to avoid eating the boring packets of the plain one (you know, the healthy ones). And heck, if you’re in college, you probably still eat box after box of this stuff, using two packets because you’re an adult now! Well, I can’t justify eating that much sugar in one meal anymore. I think that if I’m going to eat a bowl full of sugar, I would much rather down an entire sleeve of Thin Mints and then deal with reassessing my life choices.

This bento was inspired by the sugary cereal of my youth and is a much healthier and filling adaptation that doesn’t skimp on taste! I started with boiling a little over one cup of water and then added 40g (about half a cup) of plain old fashioned oats and let it boil for about 5 minutes. In the middle of cooking I added about 6 cut strawberries, allowing them to heat up with the oats. They get mushy along with the oats and turn it pink without having to use crazy dyes! Once it was all done boiling I added half a scoop of Met-Rx vanilla protein powder and mixed it as thoroughly as I could. It is a bit messy but can be achieved with elbow grease.

I will be definitely doing this with my oatmeal from now on, especially to use up fruit in my fridge!

In the right compartment is fresh coconut, sweet potato, and maple almond butter.