Are you looking to lose weight? Do you want to get your nutrition on track? Are you tired of rushing out the door without a healthy and nutrient-rich breakfast to start your day? Whether you answered ‘Yes!’ to one or all of the above questions, we’ve got the perfect solution for you: overnight oats. Here are three super simple recipes to get your muscles, brain and energy level functioning at their best, all morning long.
Classic Overnight Oats
Without adding anything extra, this classic overnight oat recipe can be prepped three days’ ahead of time and stored in your fridge until you’re ready to eat. Here’s what you’ll need:
• ½ cup rolled oats
• 1 cup of milk (soy, dairy, almond, cashew, etc.)
• 2 tbsp. ground flaxseeds or chia seeds
• 1-2 tsp. honey or another natural sweetener• 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract, cardamom or cinnamon.
Prepare the night before by mixing everything together and refrigerate overnight. If you want to mix things up, add a Tbsp. of your favorite nut butter, sliced almonds or coconut flakes!
Strawberries and Cream Overnight Oats
This recipe is for anyone who can’t handle breakfast without a side of fresh fruit to go with it. It’s hearty, nutritiously dense, and delicious. Mix all the ingredients together, refrigerate overnight, and you’ll got a ‘can’t-be-easier breakfast in the morning:
• ¼ cup of old fashioned or steel cut oats (no quick oats)
• ½ cup of milk
• ½ tsp. ground flax seeds
• ¼ tsp. pure vanilla extract
• ½ cup fresh strawberries, sliced to your liking
In the morning, top with a drizzle of maple syrup and enjoy!
Oats With a Chocolate Twist
Overnight oats are incredibly versatile. If you’re gluten-free, just swap out regular oats for the gluten-free version. If you want extra health added to your breakfast, add chia seeds or fresh blueberries to the mix! And, if you want chocolate…follow this next recipe to a ‘T’!
• 1 mashed banana
• ½ cup rolled oats
• 2 tsp. cacao powder
• 1 tsp. peanut butter (or another nut butter of your choice)
• ½ cup of milk.
Mix the cacao powder and banana together. Then, layer the milk and oats first. Next add the cacao and banana mixture, and lastly, top it with the oats and the peanut butter. Refrigerate, and enjoy in the morning!
Breakfast doesn’t have to be complicated, or time intensive. When you prep these delicious and healthy overnight oats, you’ll add variety into your morning meal!