DSCN3310Say hello to the health world’s most recent obsession: Overnight Oats.  They are not only a nutritious way to start your day, but they’re also undeniably delicious.  I first discovered them on various #healthyfoodie Instagram posts, but it wasn’t until I saw the Domestic Geek‘s video, Overnight Oatmeal – Five Delicious Ways!, that I decided to give them a try.  I love the fact that this recipe is high in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, and more; but moreover, I’m impressed by how quick, easy, and customizable this breakfast option is.

All you need to get started is a “base” recipe, then you can add whatever goodies you’d like to brighten up your oatmeal.  The flavor possibilities are absolutely ENDLESS!  My first impression of overnight oatmeal was that it looked like a very, very tiny meal.  Looks can be deceiving, though–you will be AMAZED by how filling a tiny mason jar of oats truly is!

DSCN3313I was also impressed by the preparation time.  Many people skip breakfast due to a lack of time, but it takes just a few minutes to put together your oats in the evening and even less to prepare them for consumption in the morning!  Skipping breakfast is a very unhealthy habit, so if a tight morning schedule is getting in your way, these oats may just be the answer for you!

I did some research on common overnight oat recipes, and quickly adjusted a few to create my new favorite breakfast: Chocolate Almond & Strawberry Overnight Oats.  My concoction is a delicious morning treat, but I encourage you to experiment and create your own favorite flavor.  Share your creation on Instagram with the hashtag #OPERATHLETIC so we can see your delicious discoveries!

Here’s what you’ll need for the base recipe:

1/3 cup of old-fashioned oats (oats do not contain gluten, so gluten free oats are likely a waste of money for most individuals.  If you have celiac disease or a gluten allergy, consider talking to your doctor about this)
1/4 cup of unsweetened almond milk (Vanilla or original)
1 tablespoon of chia seeds or flax seeds
1/4 cup of non-fat, plain greek yogurt (avoid flavored yogurt, as it is usually littered with added sugar)

DSCN3317Here’s what you’ll need to add for my Chocolate Almond & Strawberry recipe:
Honey to taste
1-2 sliced strawberries
Slivered almonds 
to taste
1 teaspoon of cocoa powder
A few mini chocolate chips

Other goodies you might add to create your own flavor:
Any fruit you can imagine
Any nuts you can imagine
Various nut butters
Maple Syrup
Various kinds of jelly
Coconut shavings

Directions:  prepare in the evening by layering ingredients into a small mason jar.  You can either mix the ingredients in the jar before storage, or you can throw them in the fridge as is.  Leave oats in the refrigerator overnight.  In the morning, mix the oatmeal thoroughly in a small bowl.  They taste great cold, or you can warm them up (30-60 seconds in the microwave should be adequate).  Enjoy!

With love,
Kendra Signature with Photo

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