Short on time in the morning and looking for an easy breakfast idea you can prep the night before?
Wake up feeling less stressed to put a nutritious meal together. Try this simple overnight oats recipe that only takes 5 minutes to prepare and customize it to your liking.
Keep reading for the health benefits of oats, how to customize the recipe and the recipe itself.
Health Benefits of Oats
Oats are especially high in a specific type of heart healthy fibre called soluble fibre, specifically beta-glucan.
High quality research has shown that consuming beta-glucan from oats regularly helps to significantly lower LDL-cholesterol, also known as "bad" cholesterol (2).
Fibre is also great for keeping you full throughout the day, stabilizing blood sugars, promoting healthy digestion and increasing the beneficial bacteria in your gut.
Customizing the Recipe
Choose a protein. It is important to include protein at each meal. Great protein options for this overnight oats recipe includes 3/4 cup Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup of unsalted roasted nuts, 2 tbsp of nut butter, etc.
Choose your favourite fruit. Fruit provides extra beneficial fibre, plus beneficial vitamins and minerals and antioxidants to support heart health. Choose your favourite kind to enjoy with the oats.
Choose optional additional flavour factors. Oatmeal is like a blank canvas. Experiment painting it in new and exciting ways by adding optional ingredients based on your preferences. Some options to add flavour include but are not limited to adding a dash of cinnamon, vanilla extract, cacao powder, matcha powder, a touch of honey or maple syrup, etc.
Overnight Oats RECIPE
Base Ingredients 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup milk (or more if you prefer the oats runnier)
3/4 cup Greek yogurt
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp ground flax seeds
1/2-1 cup fresh or frozen fruits
1/4 cup unsalted roasted nuts
Honey or maple syrup (to taste)
*Choose your own favourite toppings.
Yield: 1 serving
Mix all ingredients together in a jar or container.
Cover container and store in fridge overnight.
Enjoy in the morning!
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