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Prepping oatmeal and packing it to go
Unfortunately, the cooking time for groats and steel-cut oats is longer than for other types of oats, but you can pre-cook them the night before and finish cooking them in the morning. You can even cook them in your rice cooker. To make things really convenient, cook up a big batch of oats in advance and divide it into several freezer-safe, microwave-safe, bowl-size containers.

For breakfast, heat one in the microwave, then add some milk, nuts or fresh fruit and you’re good to go…and go and go. Or just grab a container from your freezer as you’re heading out the door and microwave it at work as a snack.

The Internet is full of sites with ideas on how to cook groats and steel-cut oats, so try a few different methods until you find the one that works for your lifestyle. There are some excellent suggestions at, so start here—and start enjoying your newfound energy.

Cynthia Dusseault
Cynthia Dusseault is a professional freelance writer with both a health and an education background. A former medical radiation technologist and elementary school teacher, she realized that no matter what she did, she was drawn to any task that involved writing, so she decided, over a decade ago, to write full-time. Since then, she has written for a variety of magazines and websites including Nursing PRN, National Review of Medicine, University Affairs, Your Health, Education Leaders Today, Today's Parent, Children's Playmate, and many more. She has written about topics such as asthma, genital herpes, circumcision, teleradiology, body art, learning disabilities and exercise trends, and she absolutely adores the fact that writing—particularly doing the research for the articles she writes—makes her a lifelong learner.

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