Friday, July 19, 2013

Quick & Easy Breakfast: Overnight Oats

I’m not a morning person. My morning begins with me angrily swiping at my phone to hit the snooze button for 30 minutes and then dragging myself out of my bed to get ready for work. I’m literally a zombie until I eat breakfast. Now that I’m caffeine free (3 weeks!) it’s even harder as my morning cup o’ Joe was my source of “get up and go!” So it should be no surprise that I barely have time to scarf down my breakfast before I make the 30-40 minute commute to work. I’ve always been a firm believer that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and my stomach will tell you that by all the grumbling it does. What is a girl to do with no time to eat breakfast in the morning let alone make something? Insert, Overnight Oats! God bless the people of Pinterest and their creative concoctions who created this miracle breakfast!

As I had mentioned in a previous post, my goal this week was to post the recipes of the foods I’ve been eating over the past week to give you guys inspiration to eat healthy. This week all my recipes came from Pinterest and are ridiculously healthy and delicious. I will point out one thing – I’m a creature of habit so I’m fine eating the same breakfast and lunch every day. It makes my life easier to be able to plan out my meals on Sunday and then grab and go during the week. So if you don’t mind this type of eating, then these recipes will help you out.
The beauty of this breakfast is that it’s very versatile and can be eaten hot or cold. I prefer mine cold only because it’s summer. So here’s my personalized recipe which is slightly different than the original recipe.
·         1/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats

·         1/2 cup skim milk

·         1 tbsp. ground flax seed

·         1 tbsp. maple syrup

·         1/2 scoop of vanilla protein powder

·         5 strawberries stemmed and sliced

Macros (this will vary depending on the ingredients used):
Calories: 340
Fat: 5.6 grams
Carbs: 52.9 grams
Protein: 19.5 grams

The original recipe also puts their overnight oats in a pretty little jar to make it fancy. I don’t have time for that as you can see in my ghetto fab picture above and below, nor do I have fancy glass jars. I just grab the first clean Tupperware container with a matching lid and dump the ingredients in, mix, and then stick in the fridge to work its magic while I’m getting my zzz’s on. The next day you will get oats that look like they’ve been nuked in the microwave for a minute or two minus the weight that seems like forever. I will also mention that I make this nightly and not once a week as the consistency would be ridiculously soggy. Nobody likes soggy cereal and the same concept goes for these guys.

In addition to the Overnight Oats, I will have a hardboiled egg and a piece of fruit or greek yogurt to complete my breakfast that keeps me full until lunch time.