Overnight oats have been my “go-to” for breakfast. Not only are they quick and easy, but they are nutritious, versatile (use different ingredients) and tasty! Oats are also a great source of fiber. They contain high amounts of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Other benefits include: lowering cholesterol which leads to cardiovascular benefits, the fiber will keep you full longer, and healthy bowels (poop emoji). Soaking the oats overnight vs. cooking them, helps us utilize the oats’ nutrients. When the oats are heated, it can have harmful effects from the high temperatures.
How do you make overnight oats? Mix together 1 scoop of old fashioned rolled oats (instant and steel won’t work, 1 cup of milk (of choice) or do ½ cup of milk and ½ cup of Greek yogurt Other Options: peanut butter, seeds, nuts, protein powder. Add mix to a sealed container and let it sit in the fridge all night. In the morning remove the oat mixture and place in a bowl. Top with fruit of choice. This will make 2 servings. I eat it as one serving after hard workouts. Below are my favorite ingredients to use:
1 cup oats
1 cup chocolate almond milk
1 scoop Propello Life grass fed whey protein in Vanilla
1 TBS natural peanut butter
Top with blackberries and blueberries
Are oats gluten free? No (oats are usually processed in facilities where wheat, barley and ride are processed so they are easily contaminated), but there are gluten free options. Unless, you have celiac disease or gluten allergies, I wouldn’t worry too much about it. Although, I am sure Bri can recommend some good brands!