Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Oh So Easy…Overnight Oats

I am sure if you are a Pintrest believer at all, you have seen recipes for “overnight oats”. I am not sure where this idea came from originally but it is genius! I finally tried it out for myself and here are two recipes I created with ingredients already at my house. I provided the nutrition information as well. This is a super simple way to get a healthy breakfast in during the busy fall season! 

Cherry Vanilla Almond Overnight Oats


Instructions:


Simply combine all ingredients in a single serving bowl (or to-go container), mix and let sit in the refrigerator overnight. Enjoy the next morning! 


Ingredients:


  • ½ cup old fashion oats
  • ¼ cup 0% fat vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 6 almonds (chopped or whole)
  • ¼ cup cherries (about 6-7 cherries chopped into quarters)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 

Nutrition:


  • Total Calories: 243
  • Saturated Fat:  0.5 grams
  • Unsaturated Fat: 5.5 grams
  • Protein: 11 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 33 grams
  • Fiber: 5 grams 

Health benefits:


Heart healthy fats provided by the almonds, almond milk and oats
Natural whole grains carbohydrates provided by the oats and cherries
Fiber to promote a healthy GI tract and a feeling of fullness
Protein for strength and a feeling of fullness
A variety of different vitamins and mineral provided from each ingredient *except the vanilla extract
Only a few ingredients and super simple to create

Note:  You can sub the almond milk for a skim milk and the nutrition will not change much



Peanut Butter & Banana Overnight Oats 



Instruction:


Simply combine all ingredients in a single serving bowl (or to-go container), mix and let sit in the refrigerator overnight. Enjoy the next morning!

Ingredients:


  • ½ cup old fashion oats
  • ¼ cup 0% fat vanilla Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • ½ banana, sliced
  • 1 tbsp. Peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp. PB2 - powdered peanut butter (one of my favorite GA made products)
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. salt

Nutrition:


  • Total Calories: 350
  • Saturated Fat: 2 grams
  • Unsaturated Fat: 9 grams
  • Protein: 16 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 41 grams
  • Fiber: 6 grams 

Health Benefits:


Heart healthy fats provided by the peanut butter, oats and almond milk
Natural whole grains carbohydrates provided by the oats and peanut butter  
Fiber to promote a healthy GI tract and a feeling of fullness
Protein for strength and a feeling of fullness
A variety of different vitamins and mineral provided from each ingredient
Only a few ingredients and super simple to create

Note:  Again, you can sub the almond milk for a skim milk and the nutrition will not change much


**To make it even easier….simply mix together your favorite container of yogurt and ½ cup of plain oats in a single serve or To-Go bowl and let sit overnight. Enjoy the next morning.


No more excuses for missing out on a filling, tasty, health, homemade breakfast anymore! 

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