I'm a big fan of overnight oats! They are great for student athletes, those who work long days, people who travel a lot, and anyone else who is constantly on the go. There is no excuse to skip breakfast. A huge part of committing to a healthy lifestyle lies in the preparation. It can sometimes get mundane, but I'd much rather spend a few minutes every night making this power breakfast then going for a quick bagel, muffin, or breakfast cereal that lacks nutritional density and is full of empty calories. I make this every night and it's all prepped to go and ready to eat in the morning. I have been eating this basically everyday for months and I still haven't gotten tired of it. This breakfast fuels my morning workouts and keeps me full all the way until lunch!
If you prefer your oats HOT:
If I have extra time in the morning to eat at home I will do a similar version! Instead of eating this cold I will heat it up in the microwave!
* Base- rolled oats, chia seeds, flaxseed, hemp, maca
* Add almond milk, mix with the base, then put in the microwave for 1:45-2 minutes then add toppings such as fruit, peanut butter, granola, and dark chocolate chips!
Rolled oats- Nutrient dense, rich in carbs, fiber, and antioxidants
Unsweetened almond milk- Low calorie, 0 grams of sugar, high in Vitamin E, source of calcium and Vitamin D
Opt for an unsweetened version (no added sugar). Check the label by looking at the sugar content and ingredients!
Chia seeds- Source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, antioxidants, iron, and calcium
Maca powder- Source of carbs and fiber, high in Vitamin C and iron, may improve exercise performance - specifically of the endurance type
Hemp seeds- Contains all essential amino acids - making it a complete protein
Ground Flaxseed- Source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, rich in antioxidants
Peanut Butter- Full of good heart-healthy unsaturated fats, source of protein and magnesium
Opt for a peanut butter with 1 ingredient... PEANUTS! Stay away from peanut butters that are high in added sugars, oils, and salt.
Dark chocolate chips- high in antioxidants, vitamins, & minerals