Overnight Oats: The reason you'll officially run out of excuses for skipping breakfast
I don’t know about you, but my day hasn’t started without a big cup of coffee and a satisfying breakfast. Oatmeal has been my go to breakfast for years, but as morning wake ups became earlier and time in the morning became scarce, I no longer had time to make oatmeal fresh for breakfast. Enter: overnight oats. The best spent 5 minutes at night for a delicious, creamy bowl (or Tupperware in my case) in the morning.
I always recommend my clients to include three things in their breakfasts: protein, complex carbohydrates, and fruit. This oatmeal hits all of the bases. The oats are packed with belly filling fiber and the yogurt adds proteins and gives it its creamy texture. Fresh berries over the summer are my favorite fruit addition, but frozen fruit works excellently when fresh berries aren’t in season.
If you aren’t already convinced, the best part about these oats is coming. They are portable! That’s right- I mix all my ingredients in a Tupperware the night before and eat my oatmeal when I get to work. No preparation or clean up in the AM (read: sleep later) and no having to scramble to think about what to eat. Now find me another excuse for skipping breakfast- bet you can’t!
Ingredients (Serves 1):
½ cup old fashioned oats
1/3 cup plain yogurt
1/3 cup milk of choice (I use almond)
½ tablespoon chia seeds
½ tablespoon hemp seeds
1 teaspoon nut butter (almond or peanut)
Fresh or frozen fruit
Combine all ingredients. Let soak overnight and heat up or eat cold in the morning. These ingredients are versatile- change them up however you like! Add nuts, coconut flakes, even chocolate chips!