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Introduction to Overnight Oats
A little over a year ago, I started changing our eating habits. Slowly, but not easily, my habits changed.
A couple of our friends make all of their meals for the week on Sundays, which is how they maintain good eating habits. I tried that once, but it didn't work as well for me. By Tuesday, I was just not interested in whatever I thought sounded good on Sunday.
So, I adjusted their great idea to fit my lifestyle and unwillingness to commit to meal plans. I don't make entire meals on Sunday, but I make yogurt, hardboiled eggs, whole-grain sides, roasted vegetables and parts of meals to eat throughout the week. I attribute my successful habit changes to the make-ahead meal (sides) and snacks. And eating at home. Eating at home (or food you made at home) is crucial!
One meal I do make ahead 3 or 4 times a week is breakfast. The whole family loves it! I make it the night before and it's called "overnight oats."
A google search turns up a lot of variations of this basic recipe I whip together the night before in 1-2 minutes. I've made it many ways, using several different types ofoats and sources of liquid and it's never failed. All you have to do is keep a 1:1 oat to liquid ratio and wait a few hours! Breakfast is ready when you wake up, reducing hunger-induced bad decisions (like McDondald's). I put my husband's in a coffee mug and he takes it to-go!
Overnight Oats in a Mug
Overnight Oats Recipe
- 1/2 cup Traditional rolled oats
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup Frozen strawberries, optional
- 1 tbsp. Chia seeds, optional
- 1 tbsp. Almond butter, optional
Overnight Oats Recipe
- Mix together oats and yogurt. Place in refrigerator overnight.
- Add your favorite add-ons (I add the night before, but you can add in the morning): frozen/fresh berries, almond butter, peanut butter, sunflower seed butter, fruit preserves, honey, chia seeds
- Enjoy! It's that simple and easy to customize to your family's tastes!
Richard Simmons on Oatmeal
"Truthfully, everyone knows how to eat right. They know the difference between oatmeal and a jelly cream doughnut. They know how to walk. Everyone has this in their brain. When I started, we didn't have all this knowledge."
Types of Oatmeal
- Raw oats
- Steel cut oats
- Scottish oatmeal
- Old-fashioned rolled oats (traditional)
- Quick rolled oats
For this recipe, I think traditional rolled oats work the best. Steel cut oats can be a bit chewy and quick oats are too mushy. Experiment and find out which way your family likes it best~