Overnight Oats - Grab and Go Breakfast

Thursday, January 28, 2016

They say (btw... who is they? In this case it's Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health), anyway, they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It IS called Break Fast. After having fasted for 8 to 12 hours, (except for you midnight munchies people) yes your body is ready for some fuel. Breakfast provides you with the energy and nutrients you need to start your day off with mental and physical alertness. Studies show that breakfast can be important in maintaining a healthy body weight (let's eat breakfast just for that!).

These overnight oats provide you with a healthy dose of nutrients.
      • old fashioned rolled oats - carbs, fiber, protein, minerals
      • chia seeds - omega-3 fatty acids, protein, minerals, fiber
      • yogurt - protein, calcium
      • blueberries -  fiber, vitamin C, antioxidants
If fixing a healthy breakfast just isn't in your morning routine then you really should try making overnight oats. The combination of ingredients is almost endless. Here is my favorite and a very basic recipe for overnight oats.

Blueberry Maple Overnight Oats

3/4 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup almond milk (milk of your choice)
1/4 cup yogurt (I prefer greek)
1 Tbs. chia seeds
1/4 cup blueberries (I use frozen)
1/2 tsp. vanilla flavoring
1/2 Tbs. pure maple syrup

In a pint size mason jar or a bowl, put all of the above ingredients in and stir. Cover with lid and put in refrigerator overnight.

The basic ingredients are oats and milk. You can add yogurt as a sweetener, or honey or stevia or none at all. Add spices like cinnamon, nutmeg or ginger. You can add any type of fruit; strawberries, peaches, pineapple, apple, pomegranate seeds, cherries or even mango. The next morning you can add toppings such as granola, nuts, seeds, peanut butter and even chocolate chips. Whatever excites your taste buds for the day!

Old Fashioned Oats
Oats and Almond Milk

All mixed up ready for the fridge

Blueberry Maple Overnight Oats

Dash of Wisdom: Overnight oats are great for breakfast but they are also great for lunch on the go too. If a pint jar is too much then cut recipe in half and use a half pint jar. I just love it so much I can down the pint jar no problem!

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