Oats are are great way to start your morning. They are a good source of fiber, inducing heart healthy, hunger stopping, soluble fiber! The only downside to this whole grain is that it can take a little extra time to prepare and cook them right in the morning, which can be difficult on a busy weekday.

Overnight oats are a great way to have your oats, without spending any time doing so in the morning. The idea is that you mix the ingredients together overnight and by the morning they are ready to eat! You don’t even have to cook them. 

This is not a new concept though. In Europe, a similar breakfast food is traditionally called a muesli, which is German for “mixture”. This is a great way to incorporate some different grains, nuts, seeds and fruit into your breakfast as well for a nice balanced hearty way to start your day.

You can have some fun and experiment with the ingredients. Traditional rolled oats work best for a nice chewy texture. Steel cut oats will provide a bit more firmness. Quick oats will be much softer. Sprinkle some fresh (or frozen) fruit such as blueberries on top for a sweet and energizing vitamin packed boost. Choose soy or almond milk if you are vegan or lactose intolerant. Try making in a glass mason jar for a portable healthy breakfast to take to work in the morning.

Easy Overnight Oats 

Makes 1 serving

1/3 cup rolled oats
1/3 – ½ cup milk [depending on how thick you like it]
1/3 cup plain yogurt
½ banana
½ tbsp chia seeds
Pinch salt
Pinch cinnamon
Stir everything together in a bowl. Place in fridge overnight. In the morning top with something crunchy and something with healthy fats – like nut butter or nuts.

Recipe from www.katheats.com

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