Delicious, Yet Quick and Healthy – Overnight Oats

When I first started going to work full-time and school part-time eating became something that I had to do on-the-go. I didn’t have the luxury of sitting down to eat a nice meal, let alone time to make myself a healthy, substantial meal. I found myself eating a lot of fast food and take out. I also found myself not looking as bikini-ready as I had desired, so that was a problem. I considered those professional services that make healthy food and then deliver it to you, but those are very expensive. So I decided to take their meal ideas and make them myself. Cheating, I know, but I was not about to pay that much for something that I could make myself for much cheaper.

This will be the beginning of a series of meals and snacks that I have found to be easy to cook and easy to eat on-the-go. They are healthy, and cheaper than hiring a professional service to cook your meals for you. Now, I’m no culinary fiend so they will be easy to make and best of all, customizable to fit your taste buds. First, I am going to start with my newest obsession, overnight oats. Just a couple minutes of prep at night and a couple in the morning, and you’re good to go.overnightoats

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of rolled-oats (you could use steel cut as well, for a healthier option)
  • 1/2 cup of milk (your favorite kind like almond, coconut, soy, etc.)
  • 1/3 cup of yogurt (I like Chobani Greek Plain Non-Fat)
  • Some chia seeds (however much you like)
  • Splash of vanilla extract (or almond extract, whatever strikes your fancy)

I mix these ingredients together the night before and refrigerate. I like to pretend I’m cool and mix them all together in a mason jar, but Tupperware works fine too. You need to refrigerate for at least four hours. The next morning before I leave for work, I add berries, shredded coconut, and sliced almonds. The beauty of this recipe is that you can add whatever you want for the flavor. I personally like berries, but I’ve seen other recipes with mangoes or even chocolate or peanut butter. You can also make them up to three days ahead of time, so you could do three in one night and be set for half the week. Just don’t leave them for more than three days or the oats can get really soggy and no one wants that. For more flavor ideas, visit Wholefully.com.

Comment below and tell me any flavor ideas that you have!

Author: Lindsey Owens

Civil Engineer | MBA Student | Young Professional

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