Overnight oats are the best breakfast because they’re easy to make, don’t require cooking, and are a great vessel for other superfoods like nuts and fruit.
Let’s face it: most of us eat lunch in front of the computer and dinner in front of the Netflix machine (or is that just me?). Breakfast is an amazing opportunity to eat an energizing, nourishing meal (like these overnight oats with chia seeds!) – perhaps your only one that day.
Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day for two reasons. First, practicing good habits leads to other good habits. Like you know how after a workout, you usually choose a healthy meal because you don’t want to spoil the work you just did? It’s kinda like that. So if you start one healthy breakfast habit, you’re more likely to adopt other healthy habits at the same time. The second is, even if after breakfast you eat a bag of M&M’s for lunch and pizza for dinner, you’ll know you still had at least one healthy meal that day.
The problem with healthy breakfast is that it’s hard to make the time for it. Most of us are too busy trying to remember to wear pants and unplug our hot hair tools before running out the door in the morning. But just a little time dedicated to prepping in advance can make all the difference. Case in point: overnight oats.
Overnight oats are literally the perfect breakfast because they’re assembled in advance and DON’T EVEN REQUIRE COOKING. A total game-changer. Oatmeal is high in fiber and protein (which help keep you feeling satiated), as well as iron. It helps with detoxification and can help lower cholesterol, too. Some studies suggest it can even help fight cancer.
Overnight oats are the perfect vessel for many superfoods, such as fruits, nuts, and seeds, so feel free to experiment with whatever flavors you like. The chia seeds help make this oatmeal creamier and thicker, as well as add fiber, protein, calcium and magnesium.
Overnight oats are the perfect vessel for many superfoods, such as fruits, nuts, and seeds, so feel free to experiment with whatever flavors you like. Overnight oats can also be made in a batch! Just multiply the recipe below to make however many servings you need and make the oats in a large container; they will keep well in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days. If you don’t want to eat cold oatmeal in the winter, feel free to microwave these for a minute.
- 1/2 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
- 1/2 cup “old-fashioned” rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup or honey
- Pinch of sea salt
- Suggested toppings: peanut butter, sliced banana and blueberries
- In a lidded container, combine the milk, oats, chia seeds, maple syrup, and salt. Stir to combine. Close the container and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- To serve, stir the oatmeal and top with the peanut butter, bananas, and blueberries, or any other nut butters or fruits you have on-hand.
- Calories: 400
- Fiber: 13.7 grams
- Protein: 15.2 grams