Life gets busy and in the mornings, I often find myself rushing around trying to get ready for my day (school, workout, etc.). Even if I pack my bag the night before (which does help and I try to do) there are times that I feel breakfast is a rush to make and an eating contest to consume. Anybody who can relate, raise ya hand! (Y’all’s hands better be raised because I know I am not the only one!!) Breakfast is a very important meal especially for someone who has my training in the morning and many people skimp out on key nutrition because they “don’t have time”. Well, I’m here today to tell you that you do have time to make a nutritious, healthy, and so delicious meal for yourself in the morning…the night before! You heard me, we’re making breakfast at night. It may seem weird, but it is a life lifesaver for time in the morning as well as a breakfast game changer.
I’m talking about OVERNIGHT OATS of course. I get a bit too excited about overnight oats because I love them so much. #SorryNotSorry. These clever meals have been popping up over social media left and right so you probably have an idea of what they are (if you don’t, you soon will!), but you might not have tried them yet. That’s about to change because this is me telling you to try them!! Seriously, overnight oats are so good! The texture is more chewy than eating warm oats and the cold aspect brings a new, fun twist. Plus, the great thing is there are so many variations–you can even come up with your own flavor–so you never get bored!
I’ll give you the basic foundation for these oats as well as my personal favorite combo, but feel free to make it completely your own depending on your tastes, likes and needs! Let’s get to it!
- 1/2 cup oatmeal (instant, rolled, or steel-cut)
- 1/2 cup liquid (milk, almond milk, yogurt, etc.)*
*A little note about liquid amounts. From my experience, steel cut oats soak up more liquid than just rolled oats, so use less liquid for rolled and more for steel. Also, liquid is just an estimate–if you like thicker oatmeal use less liquid (just play around with the amounts).
After you put both of these in a mason jar, tupperware, or any other container with a lid (I personally use my magic bullet cups), it’s time to start your add-ins!
- Protein powder
- Nut butter or PB2
- Fruit (dried, fresh, or frozen)
- Seeds: chia, pumpkin, etc.*
- Extras: chocolate chips, coconut flakes, granola
*In my experience, chia seeds tend to soak up some liquid too so if you’re adding those in, add a little bit more liquid (unless you want it super thick).
**Fruit, nuts and extras can either be added the night before or the morning of as a topping to your oats.
My Very Berry Overnight Oats
- 1/2 cup oats (I use rolled or steel)
- 1/2 cup milk (I use skim)
- 1 5.3 oz. container plain greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup each: blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds
- 1/8 cup pecans or walnuts
- Add your oats and milk to the container and stir. Add in the yogurt, then chia seeds, then berries, then nuts.
- Put lid on and shake well (or mix with a spoon if you prefer) to mix it around.
- Put in the fridge overnight (or at least 6-7 hours)
- The next morning: pour it into a bowl (or eat from the container) and enjoy!
If you have a favorite combination for your oats, I would love to hear your comment below!!