The morning rush..it seems it doesn’t matter how early I wake up I always feel rushed to get out the door. I love a breakfast that can be made ahead and is just waiting on me to grab it and go. Overnight oatmeal is one of my favorite things. It takes me a couple minutes the night before to make, I make it in the same dish or container I plan on eating it out of, it’s easy to change up the flavors, and I can make enough for two days at one time.
Breakfast is a very important meal. Some people say they are not breakfast eaters but I would encourage them to rethink skipping the first meal of the day. Here are just a few reasons why:
- Skipping breakfast is strongly related to obesity. You would think skipping a meal may actually help you lose weight but by the time you get to the next meal you are so hungry you eat more than you normally would and are more likely to eat unhealthy foods.
- Test shows that children who have breakfast perform better on test, are less hyperactive, and better behavior in school. Breakfast helps give our brain a jump start in the morning and helps to provide nutrition to keep us going all day.
I believe breakfast is also the easiest meal of the day to control and to get good nutrition. You are most likely to be eating at home and even if you are out there are more healthy options on breakfast menus. Such as oatmeal, hard-boiled eggs, egg whites, and fruit. If you are looking to kick start healthy eating start changing one meal at a time. I think you will find starting with breakfast is the easiest to start with and will make you feel better all day!
I don’t know about where you are but where I am it is a rainy fall day. I love sitting on the back porch and listening to the rain and this was the perfect meal to sit down and enjoy! I flavored my coffee with a little almond milk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. It went perfect with the oatmeal. I am hooked on the working glass cups from Crate and Barrel. Since they have lids that fit them I can use them to make my oatmeal, store leftover smoothies or any leftover for that matter, chopped veggies to use throughout the week, and homemade salad dressings! They are great for many things!
- 1 cup of milk (I prefer almond or coconut milk)
- 1/2 cup rolled oats, not quick cooking
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tbsp. raisins
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and cover.
- Place in the fridge for at least three hours or overnight.
- If you prefer it warm, just heat it on the microwave or stovetop but you may need to add a little extra liquid.
This is easily a gluten-free and vegan recipe by using the gluten-free oats and coconut or almond milk.
The chia seeds help to absorb some of the liquid and thicken the oatmeal. If you are not using chia seeds you should reduce the amount of milk but about 1/4 cup.
This recipe has daily recommended amounts of 50% calcium, 32% iron, 25% vitamin D, 50% vitamin E, in large part due to chia seeds.