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Recipe of the Week: Overnight Oats

Ever feel like getting through all the morning tasks AND managing to prepare a nourishing breakfast is simply out of the question? Overnight oats are my favorite work-around for this! It takes 3 minutes to assemble the ingredients in a jar the night before, and 2 minutes to put together your bowl the next morning. They’re creamy, delicious, and you can mix up the toppings each day to keep delighting your tastebuds.

How to Make Overnight Oats

For base ingredients I use rolled oats (as opposed to quick cooking) for the best texture. 2% regular milk or soy milk are my go to’s for a liquid, as they both contain about 8 grams of protein in a cup (versus other dairy alternatives which are lower in protein). Lastly, I like to add chia seeds to make the oats extra creamy and bring in some healthy omega 3 fatty acids, although these are optional.

Coach tip: If you’re on the go, simply layer your toppings above your base ingredients in the jar the night before. In the morning, grab the jar from the fridge along with a spoon and   you’re good to go!

Before you head to bed assemble these ingredients in a jar and place in the fridge overnight:

Ingredients:

1/2 cup rolled oats 

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1/2 cup milk of your choice 

pinch of salt

Next morning add some toppings:

Here’s where you can get creative and personalize your oats! Pick at least one topping from both categories below for a balanced bowl.

Protein options: 

  • Plain greek yogurt
  • Chopped nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans, cashews, macadamias, hazelnuts all work!)
  • Spoonful of nut butter
  • Seeds (pepitas, hemp hearts, sunflower seeds, etc)

Produce options:

  • Berries
  • Bananas
  • Chopped apple 
  • Mango
  • Pureed pumpkin
  • Grated zucchini
  • Unsweetened applesauce

Taste buds aren’t dancing yet?

For fun, sweetness, and a little pizzazz try any of these toppings:

  • Dried coconut flakes
  • Drizzle maple syrup or honey
  • Spoonful of low sugar granola (such as this one by Purely Elizabeth)
  • Dash of cocoa powder
  • Dash of your favorite spice(s): cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom, etc.

Makes 1 serving

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