Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Busy mornings? Easy breakfast idea !

If you have busy mornings, and "can't" find time for breakfast, look no further than right here! Yes, plan ahead and make your breakfast the night before is the best option to ensure you are getting in some proper fuel for your day! What is the easiest thing to prepare? Overnight oats !
What are overnight oats? Overnight oats are simply oats that are soaked in some form of liquid overnight in the refrigerator. Personally, I like to use almond milk or coconut milk for some added flavor. Or you can add in some greek yogurt for some creamy texture. Another way to get in more protein is by mixing your milk with some protein powder before pouring into your oat mixture. That way you now have the added protein bonus and you didn't have to think about it!
Making overnight oats can get your creativity stirring. You can add in any mix-in flavors that you want the next morning. A word of warning on the toppings though, your mix-ins/toppings will get soggy if left overnight, so don’t add anything to your overnight oats you don’t mind getting a bit mushy.
Benefits of Overnight Oats
NO cooking required
Easy to prepare
Extremely portable
Cost effective for those on a budget
Oats remain intact and creamy, not mushy like cooked oats
Packed with nutrition
Incredibly versatile
Enjoyable for all ages and tastes
Endless options
Can be savory or sweet
How to Make Overnight Oats
The typical ratio that yields the best results for most people is combining equal parts raw rolled oats and milk (or yogurt). Don't use the instant oats, make sure they are old-fashioned ones. From there, put the mixture in the fridge (covered or uncovered, your choice) and let them meld for overnight or a minimum 5-6 hours in order for the oats to absorb the liquid.
The long chill allows the oats to become soft and creamy without getting overly mushy, but you must give it time for this to happen.In the morning, open the fridge and you have your overnight oats ready to go. Then add in your toppings and BOOM you got yourself a meal. Do you know what the real beauty is? Convenience and easy transportation. Make them in a mason/ canning jar that has a lid. This way you can just grab and go!
Here are some ideas!
Peanut Butter Cup
½ cup rolled oats
¼ cup yogurt
¼ cup milk
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
2 tablespoons peanut butter
¼ tsp vanilla extract
Sweetener to taste
½-1 tablespoon cocoa powder (optional)
Almond Joy-inspired
½ cup rolled oats
⅓ cup yogurt
½ cup milk
¼ cup coconut flakes
½-1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 tablespoon chia seeds
⅛ tsp salt
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
Chocolate chips (optional)
Hope you enjoy them! Tag me in your posts if you make them!

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