This morning when my alarm went off I made an inhuman sound something along the lines of aaaaiiiiiyyyyyeeeee! It’s safe to say that I am not a morning person. Yeah. It’s probably worse because it was the first Monday of 2018 after the two-week break, but, alas, this was not the first morning that I had a difficult time separating myself from my bed in the morning.
Guess what the first thing myself, and probably a lot of us, decide to cut out of our morning routine when we are rushing around because of a late start. Let’s just admit it and feel better: Sometimes I skip breakfast!
Did you know that eating breakfast in the morning jump starts your metabolism for the day which helps you make healthier food choices throughout the day as well as improving your energy and concentration. I know skipping breakfast is bad for me and I know that pouring a bowl of cereal is literally one of the easiest things to do in the morning, but when I’m in the middle of contouring cheekbones so sharp they could cut a man I don’t wanna stop to make breakfast.
Ideally, science recommends that we consume protein and carbohydrates first thing in the morning. So the best sort of breakfast might contain grains, nuts, maybe some milk, and ooohh maybe even fruit.
Enter: overnight oats. These are great because you can customize them to whatever you like and/or have on hand. The basic have-to-have ingredients are oats and liquid. Seriously, any variation of those will work. I mean, there are better liquids than others to use (cola and oats, anyone?) and the add-ins definitely make it better, but I’d wager that you have the basic ingredients in your kitchen right now, don’t you?
This recipe is a game changer. It takes less than 5 minutes to mix up after dinner and by the time you wake up in the morning you will have a cool, creamy oatmeal that is personalized to be just how you like. If you’re vegan or lactose intolerant you can use nut milk. If you’re trying to work more fruit into your diet you can double up on the fruit. If you want to include hemp seeds, protein powder, or even candy go for it! Bonus points if you use cute little re-purposed glass jars. Your tummy will thank you for the oatmeal and the Earth will thank you for the recycling.