Overnight Oats

So it’s been like two weeks.  All I can say is: busy busy busy.  Seriously.  Transitioning into a new job takes awhile.  I’m slowly getting the hang of it, but there are days when I think it’s a miracle I got anything done at home.

Anyways.

I was recently asked to talk more about breakfasts, but specifically breakfasts that you can grab and go.

I was (and kinda still am) addicted to sugary cereals growing up.  To me, there’s nothing quite like a bowl of cereal with some ice cold milk.  Unfortunately, it’s not nearly as filling as it once was.  If I eat a bowl of cereal now, I’m hungry again in about 20 minutes.  Thankfully, there’s another cereal grain that I am addicted to now as an adult.  Also, thankfully, it’s a much healthier alternative that the sugary boxed cereals I ate as a kid.

As the weather has been warming up, I’ve switched from warm breakfasts to cold ones. I mentioned in the post from when I was in Florida that I made overnight oatmeal. If you look around on Pinterest, you’ll probably find hundreds of posts about them.  Anyone who is anyone in the food blogging world has a post about them.  They’re super versatile, and super easy.

This week, I’m having strawberry almond overnight oats.

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Overnight oats are super easy to make. I usually go with a two to one ratio of oats to liquid. Because I add whey protein and chia seeds, it needs a little more liquid. (Most other recipes you’ll find they say one to one.)

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I make a couple jars at a time so I don’t have to worry about breakfast. Especially now, my mornings are early, it’s nice not to have to worry about making breakfast.

This is another not-quite-a-recipe recipe. This is the base I use for all variations.

  • ½ cup of Gluten Free oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
  • About ½ scoop of whey protein (I use Naked Nutrition)
  • 1 teaspoon of chia seeds
  • 1 cup of milk – I prefer non-dairy milk, and unsweetened

Oatmeal plus protein powder make this meal filling. I usually have breakfast at about 6:45, and I’m not hungry for lunch until about 11:30.

This week, like I said, I’m making strawberry almond oats. In addition to the base listed above, I added:

  • A heaping teaspoon of homemade almond butter
  • A generous dash of cinnamon
  • Chopped strawberries

In the morning, I’ll add some chopped almonds and some cereal. I found a brand called Vans, Cinnamon Heaven, and it’s delicious. Like a cross between Cinnamon Life cereal and mini Chex cereal. So. Good.  This cereal helps cut the cravings for those sugary sweet bowls I (sometimes) miss.  Plus, adding these toppings at the end adds some great crunch. You could add any type of cereal or granola you’d like.

The best part of this is that there is very limited sugar in this recipe. As a matter of fact, so long as you use unsweetened nut/soy milk, the only refined sugar is in the cereal (which can be omitted).

You could mix any nut and fruit you’d like. Blueberries and pecans, apples and almonds, pears and walnuts, anything you’d like. I tend to stick with fruits that are lower in sugar and high in fiber, and adding nuts adds healthy fats, omega-3 fatty acids and other great health benefits.

 

So which combinations do you want to try? Let me know in the comments! Or take a photo and share! I’d love to see how you’re eating healthy too!

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