Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Lifehack: Overnight Oatmeal

Hi everyone!

A couple of weeks ago I came across the answer to how to eat a nice, homemade breakfast while still managing very early morning workouts. If you have limited time in the morning to prepare your breakfast but dislike the idea of having to buy your breakfast from a coffee shop, or even worse, skip it completely, then you MUST try this! Overnight oatmeal has officially become one of my favourite go-to meals. It takes very little preparation time, it is packed with protein, the possibilities of flavour combinations are endless, and most importantly, all I have to do is grab my jar on the way out in the morning! No more worrying about waking up extra early to make breakfast. 

Overnight Oatmeal (per serving)

Base Ingredients:
  • ¼ cup uncooked old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup almond milk (or any milk of your choice)
  • ¼ cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon honey or agave syrup, optional

Flavour Options:
1)    Apple:
a. ½ teaspoon cinnamon
b. ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
c. fresh apple, diced (enough to fill the jar)
2)    Banana-chocolate
a. 1 tablespoon cocoa powder or your favourite chocolate protein powder (can also use 1 tablespoon of peanut butter if that’s your thing)
b. 1 tablespoon almonds, slivered
c. ¼ cup ripe banana, diced (enough to fill the jar or approx. half a small banana)
3)    Berry-mix
a. 1 tablespoon your favourite vanilla protein powder
b. ¼ cup frozen or fresh berries, or enough to fill the jar

In a half pint (1 cup) jar, add oats, milk, yogurt, chia seeds and sweetener. Put lid on jar and shake until well combined, or use a spoon. Remove lid, add the rest of the ingredients (depends on the flavour you choose) and stir until mix throughout. Return lid to jar and refrigerate overnight or up to 2 days. Eat chilled and enjoy!

Note: My boyfriend finds this serving a little small, so I make a double recipe for him. 


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