A good place to start: My overnight-oats

It’s been a long night of revision, trying to decipher my own lecture notes, and with exams right around the corner it’s starting to feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day! But even though my eyes are heavy and my brain is aching, i’m feeling surprisingly positive as it’s exactly this thought that has inspired my first post – and where better to start my blog than with my favourite meal of the day, breakfast. I know that it can be so tempting to skip/buy breakfast out when you’ve got a busy day ahead, those few extra minutes in bed seem far too precious and it’s one of the meals that I get asked about the most. But the benefits of a healthy breakfast are just too great to ignore!

Overnight oats are a super quick, simple and delicious way to give yourself a healthy start to the day without having to cut short your well deserved beauty-sleep! By preparing the night before you can simply grab-and-go a nutritious, yummy breakfast that will curb those mid-morning munchies.

The best part is that you can totally make this recipe your own – go ahead and experiment! This easy breakfast can also be made dairy and gluten free, details below, and is a great source of fiber and slow-releasing energy that will efficiently fuel your body and brain.

Overnight Oats: (makes 1 serving)

  • 1/2 cup of porridge oats (use gluten free oats for GF version)
  • Up to 1 cup of milk of choice, depending on how thick you like it (I use unsweetened almond for a DF version)
  • 1 tbsp of honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp chia seeds

In a suitable container, I use a small glass jar, add the oats, seeds and milk and mix well. Next, stir in the honey and any extra additions you fancy! Once sealed this can be left in the refrigerator overnight and enjoyed instantly in the morning – so simple!

Now for the fun part…get creative and play around with your favourite flavours. Here’s mine taking center stage on my overcrowded shelf in our fridge, student problems. FullSizeRenderI added 1 tbsp of cacao powder, a handful of blueberries and will likely top it with some bananas slices in the morning! You could also try adding:

  • fresh fruit – banana, apple, berries, kiwi, pomegranate seeds, passion fruit, mango, pineapple etc…
  • coconut flakes
  • chopped dates
  • seeds and nuts – pumpkin seeds, chia, almonds, pecans, hazelnuts etc…
  • dried fruit/raisins
  • protein powder
  • dark chocolate
  • yogurt –soya/coconut for DF
  • nut butters – almond, peanut etc…
  • cinnamon
  • honey/maple syrup/agave nectar

Feel free to comment any other ideas, there are some great recipes online for amazing flavours like carrot cake or brownie batter!

Tomorrow is a busy and early start for me – a group revision meeting and yoga class straight after, but armed with a little extra sleep, a delicious breakfast and my daily essential extra-hot chai latte, i’ll be more than ready for it!

 

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