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Overnight Oatmeal: My Breakfast Obsession
Overnight Oats: My Breakfast Obsession
Breakfast is an extremely important meal. They say it is the most important meal of the day. Studies have shown that people who eat breakfast often weigh less than those who don't, and often make healthier choices throughout the day, especially in the hours between it and lunch. It kickstarts your day in a way that cup of coffee alone never could.
For some, breakfast is a hassle. Waking up early before work or school is already a lot to ask of most people, and then expecting them to prepare something healthy to fuel their morning is an undertaking. So many people skip breakfast altogether. Other times, people think they can't be bothered to make anything more than a bowl of cereal or toast a piece of bread to get them on their way. These can be good options, but I am here to show you a delicious and super versatile breakfast you don't even have to make in the morning, you make it the night before!
M favorite thing about making overnight oats is that, save for the oats themselves, the possibilities are endless. Have baking ingredients in your kitchen? Spices, extracts, nuts, seeds, fruit, fresh or frozen? Throw it in the jar! That last banana getting too brown? Throw it in the jar!
Things that I've found come in handy when making overnight oats:
- Mason jars, or some kind of similar resealable jar or container.
- Old-fashioned rolled oats.
- Fresh or frozen fruits, such as raspberries, strawberries, or blueberries
- Your choice of sweetener, honey or agave. Even maple syrup is delicious in oats!
- Your choice of healthy milk, Almond Milk, Soy Milk, or even just plain old water
- Yogurt, individual packages or in bulk
- Chia, flax and other seeds
- Unsalted nuts, such as almonds
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Baking spices, extracts, even coffee creamers
These are just some examples of things you may have around the kitchen that you can experiment with. It's fun!
If you start out with a base of rolled oats and milk or plain old water, you have a fiber-rich, sugar-free breakfast that is just brimming with possibilities for delicious add ins. While I was browsing the internet for ideas for my oats, I came a crossed people putting everything from pumpkin to protein powder into their jars.
I love it because it is easy, it is flexible, and you can alter your recipe based on what you have a taste for. You choose what goes into it, therefore you choose the calorie content, sugar content, and health foods that you can get in your morning bowl. If your can plan your recipes right, you will know exactly what is going into your body in the morning, and you can customize it based on your needs. You can cut out extra sugars often found in packaged oatmeal, and create favors you'd never find in a grocery store!
One of My Favorite Concoctions To Try
- Equal parts rolled oats and milk in a container with a lid. I use Almond Milk, but water and other types of milk work just fine.
- Unsweetened cocoa powder to taste, I usually use about a tablespoon.
- A pinch of sweetener, like stevia, sugar, or honey.
- Bittersweet dark chocolate chips, usually a small serving is around 16 chips.
- Almond butter or other nut butter of your choice. I usually use around a tablespoon.
- All ingredients go into the jar, and the lid goes on. Then, shake up the jar! Mix all those ingredients together. After a while, it looks a bit like brownie batter. Yum!
- Set it in the fridge overnight and let everything soak into the oats.
- In the morning, roll out of bed and grab that jar and a spoon, and you're on your way! Chocolate for breakfast, and it'll help you feel full until lunch.
Overnight Oats can be made with the scraps of ingredients you find around your kitchen, just get creative! The combinations are endless, and you may come up with ideas while browsing the grocery store.
I was inspired to make pumpkin spice oats that I topped with almonds and cinnamon when I found pumpkin pie spice in the clearance section of my local grocery store. Pumpkin pie in the morning? Sounds good to me!
Does a particular combination of flavors sound good to you? Chocolate, peanut butter, with banana? Put some cocoa powder in, chop up a banana, and spoon in a little peanut butter. You now have a delicious creation! It's simple, quick, and healthy.
Want something fruity in the morning? Slice up some strawberries and add some honey, maybe a little yogurt, and mix. Grab a spoon in the morning and enjoy a sweet, fruity treat that will satisfy.
Adding protein powder or chia seeds can help you treat yourself to a healthy breakfast without even having to try, just mix it all up!
Sometimes, it will be hard to wait until morning!