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Overnight Oats: A Breakfast Life-Hack

By Alison Gallun

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Jul 19, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Breakfast: the most-important meal of the day. When was the last time you ate a real breakfast? I’m talking about a well-balanced, nutritious and delicious way to start the day, not a meal-replacement shake and a handful of cereal. quick-breakfast-ideas

Breakfast: The Dream

I love when movies and commercials show a well-groomed family sitting around a table, calmly enjoying homemade pancakes, fluffy eggs and fresh-squeezed OJ and chatting about what they’ll do at work or school that day. Sounds nice, but I’m pretty sure that only happens in mythical, far away lands with endless hours in the day. 

Breakfast: The Reality

My mornings look more like this: a half-asleep frazzled me, speed walking into the kitchen to make a breakfast, stubbing my toe in the process. ‘Breakfast,’ in this case, is also known as a cup of coffee and piece of toast (which will definitely be forgotten, left to sit in the toaster all day long.) A little less charming.

breakfast-food-ideasBreakfast: The Life-Hack

Whether you’re like me and have a perpetual conflict with morning punctuality, are responsible for balancing the entire family’s social calendar or have a-million-and-one tasks on your daily to-do list, finding a spare minute in the morning to focus on health is like trying to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

For the record, if you are one of those magical individuals who has mastered mornings– bonus points if you workout, too–, you are nothing short of a superhero in my eyes.

Luckily, for the rest of us, there is a way to have breakfast ready and waiting for you in the morning, and it only takes 5 minutes of your evening. Overnight oats are a ready-to-go option that don’t compromise nutrition and help conquer those time-crunched mornings. Make them the night before in a mason jar with a lid before bed, and prep your taste buds for a delicious breakfast to go. 

Overnight Oats (Base)

Makes 1 serving.

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup organic, rolled oats
  • ½ cup plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • Optional add-ins and toppings: nuts, berries, organic jam, almond butter, etc. Be creative! 

Instructions:

  1. The night before you plan on eating them, mix all the ingredients from base together, along with any other add-ins (see below for ideas) and refrigerate in an airtight container.
  2. Top with fruit, nuts or honey if you choose, and enjoy! Hint: if you’re planning on eating it on the go, tape a spoon to the top of the jar so you won’t forget one!

Add-Ins:

This is another one of those recipes where you can really get creative. Try using flavored yogurt, chocolate almond milk, different spices, or one of the ideas below to mix things up.

Raspberry Mocha Overnight Oats:

Mix in ½ tsp. instant espresso, ½ Tbs. cacao powder and ½ Tbs. organic raspberry jam into the base recipe. Top with fresh raspberries and a sprinkle of cacao the next morning. 

Almond, Blueberry, Chia Overnight Oats:

Mix in ½ Tbs. stevia and 1 Tbs. chia seeds to the base recipe. Top with 2 Tbs. toasted almonds, lightly chopped, a handful of blueberries, and a drizzle of agave.

 Bonus: Extra eco-friendly option!

Sunbutter-Berry Overnight Oats:

Using an almost empty jar of Sunbutter (or almond butter, peanut butter or, my personal favorite, Nutella) as healthy-breakfast-choicesyour airtight container, mix together your overnight oats base, along with 1 Tbs. chia seeds and a handful of your favorite berries. Refrigerate and enjoy the next morning, knowing that you single-handedly saved another plastic container from being tossed into a landfill.

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