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Overnight oats – it’s about time.

on January 22, 2013

If you have ever been to a race with me (and, seeing that I have only raced with four other people chances are you have not) you will know I will make you choke down breakfast!!! Banana, yogurt and a egg boiled egg are my go-to’s – not because that makes a great filling breakfast but because those things travel easy. They have carbs and proteins, and when heading out EARLY in the morning you may not feel hungry but you will be before we come across food again! However, my pre-race meal is changing to overnight oats! I love them!!! They are easy and simple, and can pack a really nutritional punch!

Now, there is a real chance you have heard of these before, I was shocked at how everywhere they are and I don’t really know how I missed them. I did, miss them, so now I am sharing them. All you really NEED are a sealed container (jars are cute) and old fashion rolled oats (not instant and not steel cut) and a liquid (milk is the most commonly used.) You mix it up and stick in the fridge and then the next morning (or any four or more hours later period) you have a thick oatmeal. That’s it, but come on let’s make them fancy, or at least taste good!

Generally I use:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (40g – 150 calories)
  • 1/3 cup Silk Original Unsweetened Almond Milk (10 calories)
  • 1/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt (40 calories)
  • 15g granola-type cereal to add crunch and flavor (70 calories)
  • 70g frozen fruit (35 calories)

You can use any milk and you can use any toppings – dried fruits are good, honey and nuts, cinnamon and a touch of syrup – the possibilities are endless and that’s not all, you could add things right before you eat to add real crunch. Like, prep these at home and keep a bag of walnuts and your spoon at work, toss this in your bag as you leave and it will be room temp and ready to topped by the time you get to your desk! Yay! Also, people ask all the time, “Sonya, do you warm it?” and no, I do not. I take it out and sit it next to my computer as I start to blog my way through my morning, taking bites as I blog after it’s real chill has moved on. Many people like it cold in the summer and some people warm them a little… it’s really up to you. Here’s a bit more on how I put it all together – not that you, my immensely smart readers couldn’t figure it out!

P.S. Can you totally tell by how late this post is in the day that I WAY overslept. That’s not entirely true, I got up early and made breakfast/packed lunch for Wifey and then read my devotional and fell asleep after posting to instagram a bit! lol

P.S.S. That ticket I was so worried about being way to high to pay is going to hit the bank at $112 – which isn’t small but is NO WHERE near what I was worried it would be! Yay!



2 responses to “Overnight oats – it’s about time.

  1. kalitroxell says:

    I am so excited to try these! Are you a runner? I often struggle with eating before morning runs or workouts but am trying to get better at it so this is awesome! Thanks for sharing! I saw that your a SAHM too? I just quit my full time job and this week will be my last then I will be stayin home with my 7 month old! 🙂 So excited! 🙂

    • I am a runner. 🙂 These are a wonderful pre run breakfast, though on my short runs I just toss them in the bag and then eat after the run. Longer that 30 minutes or a 5k I insist on fuel. Congrats on staying home with the wee one – it is truly the most amazing gift! I wasn’t able to be home with mine until we started homeschooling at ages 8 and 6 – so starting earlier is so awesome!

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