Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Overnight oats - the easiest healthy breakfast option in town!

Oats are a hearty grain that I think we commonly take for granted as the hot tasteless sludge grandma used to make under the guise of comfort food. The stuff that, when plopped in front of you, made you want to scream "this was only comfort food when you were starving through the depression!!!" - if you were old enough, you probably made your way to the nearest McDonald's for an egg mcmuffin. I think it's time for a major oats revival!!

Oats are great in a ton of recipes... I've even heard of people putting them in chilli, if you can believe it! They're great for you too! They help reduce cholesterol and keep your heart healthy. They're a great source of antioxidants, fiber, iron, thiamine... They help regulate blood sugar and help keep you satiated between meals.

I challenge you to give oats another shot! They... and you... deserve it! Here's a great way to start: overnight oats! This is a super easy way to incorporate another healthy little gem into your morning routine and maybe even incorporate breakfast if your usual excuse is "I don't have time for breakfast...".

Here's how you can jump on board the overnight oats train and ride it right into breakfast station!

Put the following into a Tupperware container or mason jar and chill in the fridge overnight:
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup of milk or your favourite milk substitute (I commonly use vanilla hemp milk)

... And your favourite fruits and spices. Pictured with a half teaspoon of cinnamon, a pinch of nutmeg, 4 sliced strawberries, pumpkin seeds and 1 teaspoon chia seeds.

If you have kids, this is a great before bed fun activity. You can have them add their favourite toppings and shake!! Easy family breakfast for school mornings! Can be served hot or cold.

Have a healthy day!

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