Easy and Delicious Recipe
Weekday mornings can often be hectic, running around getting the kids ready for school and getting ready for work yourself, leaving very little time to cook a full meal for you and them. And when you do get a few minutes to give the little ones something to eat you are often too busy to grab a bite to eat yourself. But it’s important to fuel and nourish your own body for the day ahead as well. My easy and simple solution for those rushed mornings is overnight oats!
Overnight oats are quick and easy to prepare with lots of health benefits. If you have a mason jar and a few simple ingredients, this recipe will quickly become your go-to weekday breakfast.
1 mason jar
½ cup of Organic Old Fashion Rolled Oats
1 tsp of Chia seeds
1/3 cup of vanilla flavored Almond yogurt
2/3 cup of coconut-almond milk
Grab your mason and pour ½ cup of organic old-fashion rolled oats.
Next pour 2/3 cup of Almond and Coconut blended milk or whatever dairy alternative milk you prefer.
Add 1 tsp of chia seeds.
Lastly, add 1/3 cup of vanilla flavored almond yogurt. Place the lid on the jar sealing it tightly and give it a few shakes to mix all the ingredients together.
Leave the jar overnight in the fridge.
The next morning your overnight oats should be slightly thicker. If they are too thick to your liking simply add more “milk.”
The final step is adding the toppings. This is the part where you can get creative with overnight oats. I suggest picking one type of fresh fruit like banana, strawberries, or blueberries (btw check out my blog post on blueberry ice cream). Add a nut like walnuts, sliced or whole almonds, or pistachios to add a nice crunch. Walnuts like chia seeds are packed with omega-3s.
Since our bodies can’t produce omega-3 fatty acids on their own, we have to intake them either through supplements or certain foods. According to the National Institutes of Health omega-3s help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and heart failure. So don’t skip out on these healthy fats from your diet.
Once you’ve added your choice of fruit and nuts add a dash of cinnamon and some dates for sweetness. Lastly, I’ve found adding a sprinkle of edible flowers elevates these overnight oats making the final presentation look beautiful and in turn making you enjoy this dish even more. Not a bad way to start the day!
Link to study/research on Omega-3s: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Omega3FattyAcids-HealthProfessional/