Overnight oats

So one main problem I had during my fitness journey was I continuously setting my day up wrong from the get go. I often had terrible breakfast’s that provided no real nutritional value. Then one day wile researching a Canon 35 mm f/2.0 prime lens I ran across a wonderful blog called Kath Eats real food. And while I ended up not getting a 35mm f2 lens I did end up serendipitously finding the solution to my breakfast needs.

Overnight Oats

Here is the recipe from her website.

1/3 cup rolled oats
1/3 – 1/2 cup milk [depending on how thick you like it]
1/3 cup plain yogurt
1/2 banana
1/2 tbsp chia seeds
Pinch salt
Pinch cinnamon

After trying this basic recipe I tweaked it for my needs. And here is what I start with each and every day. Keep in mind I am about 6’5″ and about 210 and I exercise about six days a week. So this is a version that fits my lifestyle.

2/3 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup coconut milk
5.3 Ounces Greek yogurt
1 banana
1/2 tbsp chia seeds

Then I add in whatever other fresh fruit I happen to have on hand that day…

Blueberries
Raspberries
Strawberries
Peaches
Coconut

1 tbsp peanut butter or almond butter or sunflower seed butter etc…
Maybe throw in a couple walnut halves or a couple almonds chopped up.
a pinch of granola

And you have a fresh easy and healthy breakfast.

So right before bed I mix the oats, chia seeds, greek yogurt and coconut milk in an air tight container and put in the refrigerator. The next morning I chop a banana and wash up another fruit and throw on top grab a few walnuts or a spoon full of peanut butter or almond butter or sunflower butter and then its breakfast time. I finish it off with a glass of water or two.

On days where I have to eat a social breakfast out at a restaurant I simply have a smaller version of this for lunch. It’s a great way to start out my day and keep things on track. It is very filling and satisfying.

Here are the ingredients for the base of my recipe

Old fashioned  rolled oats.

Old fashioned rolled oats.

chia seeds

chia seeds. Who knew they looked so interesting!

Siggi's Icelandic style yogurt.

Siggi’s Icelandic style yogurt.

On a side note if you love the taste of coconut then you will love their coconut yogurt. I will also warn you that this is their highest fat version. I generally use vanilla which has significantly less fat. But it’s great for a treat!

Blueberries.

Blueberries. I have em almost every day.

Old fashioned quaker oats, so delicious coconut milk, bob's red mill chia seeds, stonyfield greek yogurt

Old fashioned quaker oats, so delicious coconut milk, bob’s red mill chia seeds, stonyfield greek yogurt. This is the heart of my breakfast.

I chose unsweetened coconut milk because it tastes great and has less calories. Likewise I chose stonyfield farms organic greek yogurt because it has less added sugars than chobani or oikos does. Don’t get me wrong I happen to think both are great options and often they may be the only greek yogurt options available at your grocery store. But for me I want to cut down the over all amount of excess sugar in my diet.

I have added a few pictures of overnight oats. Once you try it you will be hooked.

Here is my basic overnight oats recipe

Here is my basic overnight oats recipe

overnight oats with blueberries, chia seeds and a pinch of granola

overnight oats with blueberries, chia seeds and a pinch of granola

Overnight Oats made with plain greek yogurt, honey and peanut butter. Yum!

Overnight Oats made with plain greek yogurt, honey and peanut butter. Yum!

If you like chocolate the next one is for you!

overnight oats with walnuts and dark chocolate peanut butter

overnight oats with walnuts and dark chocolate peanut butter

When strawberries are in season this is certainly my goto breakfast

Overnight Oats with Banana's Strawberries, shaved coconut, walnut pieces and dark chocolate peanut butter

Overnight Oats with Banana’s Strawberries, shaved coconut, walnut pieces and dark chocolate peanut butter

And for a holiday theme

Overnight Oats with homemade cranberry sauce.

Overnight Oats with homemade cranberry sauce. What a treat!

There really are countless ways to make this a different meal each and every day. Which seriously helps to rid yourself of breakfast boredom.

When I mention dark chocolate peanut butter this is what I am referring to

Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter from Peanut Butter & Co

Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter from Peanut Butter & Co. It’s simply amazing.

Edited to add… I just found a new add-in for those of us who like coconut.

Artisan Organic Raw Cacao Bliss. Raw Chocolate Coconut Butter  This stuff is simply amazing.

Artisan Organic Raw Cacao Bliss. Raw Chocolate Coconut Butter! This stuff is simply amazing.

And while the cacao bliss is amazing it is also very high in saturated fat due in large part to the coconut butter and coconut oil. I don’t use it often but it is amazing when I do! So be warned. I only buy it in the single serve size because its just that dangerous.. :)

Now for all of you who have peanut allergies I have a solution. Barney Butter Almond butter. It is made in a peanut free facility. It has a creamy consistency just like peanut butter and it tastes awesome! So give it a try. The price is pretty steep compared to peanut butter but almonds cost a lot more than peanuts.

Barney butter almond butter

Barney Butter! Try it. It’s awesome. It’s the creamiest almond butter I have found.

For something with a little less processed feel you might try Justin’s Maple Almond butter. It has a nice texture and a slightly different take on almond butter.

Justin's Maple Almond Butter!

Justin’s Maple Almond Butter! It’s also

And here is my disclaimer. I endorse these products because they are the ones I have used and liked the most over the last two years. I have been thoroughly satisfied with these products and feel good about recommending them. I have had not received anything from the companies that make these products.

Have you tried overnight oats? Feel free to leave your comments in the section below.

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