Overnight Oats with Chia

All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast. – John Gunther

If you want to have a good day, you should make sure to start it with a good breakfast. If you want to have an even better day, you should make sure to start it with a good breakfast that you don’t have to make. Overnight oats are the perfect healthy breakfast – they’re easy to prepare, extremely customizable, and made the night before, so you can grab them quickly on your way out the door.

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Overnight oats are also great vehicles for chia seeds. Most recipes include a topping of chia seeds and fruit, or include the seeds blended into the base as well. Either way, the combination of oats, almond milk, chia seeds, and fruit equals a great amount of energy throughout the day and enough fiber to keep you full until lunch – so your stomach won’t be growling at your desk all morning (isn’t that the worst?).

There were so many overnight oat recipes to choose from, but I chose to keep it simple as I am pretty new to this idea and have only made this once before. This is not to say that it’s difficult, as you pretty much just combine everything into the jar and stick it in the refrigerator. No cooking required, either – the oats “cook” themselves overnight in the mixture. This particular recipe is from Just A Taste. No photos of my own this week, as it wasn’t exactly the prettiest creation… so click the images to find their source.

What you’ll need:enhanced-buzz-3838-1365803688-29
  •  oats, duh (1 cup)
  • 1 cup milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons honey or agave nectar
  • fresh fruit to top
How to make:
  1. Combine everything into a bowl and stir well.
  2. Pour your mixture into a mason jar, or bowl, however you will be eating it.
  3. Refrigerate and wait patiently overnight.
  4. Wake up, top with fruit, and enjoy!

If you have a busy schedule, you know it can be tough sometimes to get a healthy meal in when you’re always rushing out the door. These oats give you the nutrition you need to get through the day and require minimal prep work. I highly recommend this recipe and don’t be afraid to customize – there are so many directions this can go in, and they’re all so different and delicious.

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