Recipes – Overnight Oats

By Misti Blu Day McDermott

There is not a lot of time in the morning to make a well-balanced breakfast to start out your day. Sometimes you may prefer to hit the snooze button on your blaring alarm. Other times you may try to squeeze in a workout. Perhaps you got stuck on the toilet too long while dazing into the abyss of social media. Maybe something else comes up, but now it’s time to run out of the house and into the car or you are going to be late!
How can you help make your life easier in the mornings? Grab and go healthy breakfast is how, and all while avoiding the drive-through or expensive meals out that add up. Overnight oats are a lifesaver and they are healthy. You don’t even have to cook!

What You’ll Need:
Mason Jar with Lid
Plain Old-Fashioned Oats/Rolled Oats
Berries
Chia Seeds
Peanut or Almond Butter
Oat, Almond, or Coconut Milk
Cinnamon
Vanilla (optional)
Local Honey

Directions:
The raw oats and chia seeds soak in the milk overnight, allowing absorption and creating a soft texture. Oats contain protein (5g per serving) and they are rich in fiber and antioxidants. Combine equal parts of oats and milk. You can also use water but the milk adds more flavor and nutrients. Sprinkle in a tablespoon of chia seeds; chia seeds are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, iron, fiber and calcium. Sprinkle
in cinnamon for flavor and anti-inflammatory properties. You can also add a squeeze of lemon and/or a few drops of organic vanilla extract. I love peanut butter and fresh berries (like a pb&J) so I add a scoop of Justin’s Peanut Butter but some prefer Almond Butter. I add a drizzle of local honey, which helps with allergies and is an antiseptic but also a natural sweetener. Put the lid on the Mason jar, tighten it and shake. Place the jar in the fridge. In the morning, I put my berries on top and stir when I am ready to eat. I don’t like the fruit to be mixed in until I am ready but that is just a preference. This easy on the go meal can be customized to your preference.

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