Make-Ahead Breakfast: Overnight Steel Cut Oatmeal Prep for Better Mornings

Make your mornings less stressful by starting breakfast the night before. Recipe & Sleep Number bed review brought to you by our featured guest blogger, Erin Clarke of Well Plated by Erin.

Falling asleep knowing that I don’t need to worry about a healthy breakfast in the morning gives me peace of mind. Being better rested is one of my Four Intentions for 2018, and of the four, it’s been my biggest focus so far.

I’m not usually one to play matchmaker, but I was so firmly convinced that two of my longest-running, most-treasured breakfast besties—overnight oats and steel cut oatmeal—would hit it off that I couldn’t resist the urge to combine the two into a single bowl of overnight steel cut oats. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a match made for a 1990s rom-com classic! Ever since I stirred together my first batch of make-ahead steel cut oats, it’s been a ride-off-into-the-sunset breakfast love story.

Now, if you are reading this and thinking to yourself, Isn’t the fact that you can use steel cut oats for overnight oats incredibly obvious? Please consider the great fictional romances of our time.

Wasn’t it also obvious that Harry would end up with Sally? That Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan were meant to be (twice)? That Ross would finally win over Rachel? Why, yes. But that doesn’t make the evolution of the love story any less satisfying.

The same is true of overnight steel cut oats.

Watch How to Make Overnight Steel Cut Oats (4 ways!):

How My Sleep Number Bed is Helping Me Feel Rested

In addition to doing little things (like taking five minutes to stir up a batch of overnight steel cut oats before bed), I also did a big one to improve my sleep: we bought a new bed!

Ben and I have both had a terrible time sleeping over the last year and finally decided to take the plunge and invest in a new mattress. We had a memory foam one that wasn’t cheap by any means, but after a few years, we realized it was too hard. Our needs had changed, and we were both tossing and turning, plus my hips felt sore in the morning. We did some research and ended up selecting a Sleep Number bed.

I LOVE THIS BED. Ben and I each have different Sleep Number settings, and I finally am sleeping through the night. I have more energy and finally feel like I’m effectively addressing a part of my health—a good night’s sleep—that I have been ignoring for far too long. I also love knowing that if either Ben or I decides we want a firmer/softer mattress in the future, all we need to do is change our Sleep Number settings instead of buying a whole new bed.

This post was brought to you by Sleep Number. All opinions are my own.

Stress and clutter can prevent you from getting quality sleep. Like diet and exercise, sleep is essential for optimal health and performance. Because everyone's sleep needs are different, Sleep Number® beds adjust to your ideal level of firmness, comfort and support. Find your Sleep Number® setting for your best possible night's sleep.