Oatmeal the Staples way…”That was easy!”


After an energy-rich bowl of my Sailors Daily Oatmeal, Jason and Lisa set out to burn a few thousand calories.

Eating Healthy at Work

My son and co-author works at the Staples corporate HQ in Framingham, MA. Eating mostly whole plants as I do, he has his morning routine finely tuned to provide him all the calories and nutrients required by his super-active lifestyle.

Pictured here with his wife, Lisa, these two “poster children” for healthy eating burn 4,000 calories or more per day when they’re biking, hiking or skiing. After learning to enjoy oatmeal in the morning at my house, Jason developed his own recipe and morning regimen for this all-important oatmeal course at work.  In his own words…

Bring the following to work:

  1. add 1 cup of dried oats into a large bowl
  2. add 1 tablespoon of ground flax on top of oats
  3. cover the oats with 1-2 cups of unsweetened nut milk (of your choice) and/or water to soak
  4. add 1-2 cups of berries into a separate bowl
  5. walnuts (leave a bag in your office)
  6. cinnamon (leave the shaker in your office)

    "That was easy" oatmeal by J. Stanfield Hicks for the busy office workers of the world

Cook at work (find a microwave or eat it cold):

Note: I like my oatmeal warm and it also gives me an excuse to take a walk to the café microwave to stretch my legs.

  1. cook oats for 90 seconds (without adding anything yet)
  2. pour berries on top
  3. add 5-10 small pieces of walnuts (careful with the nuts – they are high in fat)
  4. sprinkle some cinnamon on top
  5. mix together and enjoy!

Final word from J. Morris Hicks: If you’re interested in seeing my own version of this great meal, click here for my Sailors Daily Oatmeal…which I eat cold and love it.

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—J. Morris Hicks, board member, T. Colin Campbell Foundation

About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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One Response to Oatmeal the Staples way…”That was easy!”

  1. Virginia Mc says:

    and that was also very enjoyable — I read the comment from your friend on the Ignorance topic and agree with his advice. and I love the earth apple cover — kinda macish but…and I love you.

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