Grab and Go Breakfast
I’m late to the Overnight Oats rage! Whenever I thought about it, my throat closed and I would start to gag. Soggy, cold oats…oh yum? Really? People like this sludge? Well, I had a lot of time recently. So I researched, and researched and beat the fun right out of this food. I wanted to have something different for breakfast or lunch that was fast and healthy. Fine. I tried it. Nora likes it! This overnight sensation is fantastic. I followed the basic Very Berry Overnight Oats recipe on the Quaker Oats website. You can also Google a bazillion other recipes. I want to try a peanut butter and banana one soon, maybe adding some chocolate chips!
What I like about the concept is you make it the night before and put it in the fridge. I recently brought some to work for a luncheon meeting, hoping I would be asked to leave. I was not asked. But I had a great lunch! It’s very filling.
The recipe includes Chia seeds. Calm down. It’s not a Christmas-time commercial, nor will they grow grass in clay. Chia seeds are a “super food” that have fiber, protein and Omega-3. Can that be wrong? I was hesitant about the Chia seeds, so I just bought a little at Whole Foods, from their bins. They are not that expensive this way.
I made this in some canning jars I had. They hold, maybe, 10-12 ounces and are wide-mouthed. You can use any container. Some people like to make a week’s worth at once. Ewww. I cannot imagine letting them sit in the fridge for several days, so I make a container each night. It takes minutes and it’s easy.
Let’s make some breakfast!
½ cup milk
½ cup Quaker Oats (not 1-minute)
½ cup of Greek yogurt (Vanilla is my favorite flavor, pick your own!)
1 tsp. Chia seeds
1 tbsp. honey
½ cup + of blueberries or any fruit
Add oats to container. Pour in milk. You can use almond milk, soy milk, any milk you prefer. Then I add the Chia seeds, yogurt, honey and then fruit. You want the Chia seeds to absorb the liquid, so add them on top of the milk and oats. I love blueberries so I often use them. I also like to add other fruits with or instead of blueberries. You can even use frozen fruit since it will be in the fridge overnight. I almost fill the jar with fruit, because the oats expand when they absorb the liquid. I don’t even mix this. I just screw on the lid., and put it in the fridge. I like to bring some almonds for lunch too. Who doesn’t love a salty finish to lunch? Just don’t try to each just one almond at a time. Just. Don’t.
If you are taking it to go, don’t forget your spoon. I stir the oats mixture and then happily consume.