Appetizing right? Okay, okay…I know what you’re looking at above doesn’t look that tasty, in fact it looks kind of gross, but trust me, it’s down-right delicious, nutritious and has so many benefits!
As a vegetarian (a VERY physically active one) I’m always looking for innovative and new recipes to try out that are high in nutritional value to help maintain a balanced diet and to keep me fueled throughout the day. These overnight oats are a prime example of the many great recipes I’ve found on one of my favorite websites Oh She Glows.
I’ve had a breakfast void lately that I’ve been needing to desperately fill. With my busy schedule my breakfast unfortunately usually ends up being my morning coffee, the remnants of toothpaste in my teeth and a breath of fresh air as I’m rushing around in the early a.m. I’ve been finding that I’ve been feeling a little lacklustre as of late, and before I just blame it on having a crazy busy lifestyle I wanted to be proactive and take more control over my eating habits especially during training, because frankly, the coffee, toothpaste and air combo just aren’t enough to get me through the day!
What you see in the picture above is called “overnight oats”. As I said, not the most appetizing looking, but if you can get past that it’s pretty amazing. A quick rundown of the components: regular oats (I used steel cut organic oats), 1 ripe banana, vanilla extract, milk (I use unsweetened almond milk) and chia seeds (a super food, high in omegas, and antioxidants). This all sits overnight in the fridge and in the morning once it’s all absorbed and happy, you can add whatever you like to it. As per the recipe I usually add a tsp of peanut butter and a little drizzle of maple syrup. You can experiment and try different things out, sometimes I’ll toss in a handful of berries or a sprinkle of cinnamon, use your imagination! So as you can tell by the ingredients there are many health benefits: Omegas, antioxidants, calcium, protein, potassium, etc…
So, you can do one of two things, you can try it out or wrinkle your nose at it and go your usual route of eggos, poptarts and soggy cherrios. 🙂