Overnight Fridge Oats

Cross posting this over here from the new GirlMeetsFitness blog since I’ve been talking about it here too. Wanted to share the greatest that is overnight fridge oats. It’s the lazy mom’s dream breakfast.

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So, we all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Do you eat a decent breakfast every day? Even weekdays when you’re trying to get kids dressed and fed and out the door to school because suddenly it’s time to leave even though you haven’t finished your coffee?

I don’t. Not even close. Usually my son’s leftover poptart crust along with the coffee is my breakfast. So healthy, right? Not so much.

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And then I found fridge oats. SO easy you guys! I get everything ready and make 3 or 4 at a time (more if I’m not the only one that’s going to eat them) so they are just in the fridge and ready to go in the mornings.

It’s so easy. At night set up a little fridge oats assembly line. Dump everything you need into containers, stir, and pop in the fridge. Pull one out in the morning and eat! I’m sure you could probably heat it up if you want but I eat them cold.

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You will need:

  • Containers. I use mason jars but you could easily use little plastic tubs as well.
  • Old Fashioned Oats. Don’t be afraid of store brands. SO much cheaper!
  • Some kind of milk. I use the Almond Coconut because it’s delicious.
  • Greek yogurt. I get the honey or honey vanilla flavor. Again, because it’s delicious.
  • Frozen berries, cherries, fruit. You’ll want to chop it if it’s not already small.
  • Optional: Chia seeds, PB2 peanut butter powder, cinnamon, honey if you get plain yogurt…

Now, line up your containers and just go down the line adding your ingredients.

~First up, 1/3 cup oats and 1/3 cup milk:

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~Next, add in 1/2 cup Greek yogurt and 1/2 cup fruit. I used blueberries. Cherries are good too. 

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~Now add in your extras. I put in 1tbs Chia seeds into each jar. 

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~Using a butter knife or long spoon (this part is easier with a wider plastic tub) stir it all up!

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And voila! You’re done. Put lids on the containers and stick them in the fridge. Now you have a yummy breakfast waiting for you in the morning! I know I definitely don’t have the time or desire to make a breakfast with all that in it for myself every morning. It’s so handy to have it all mixed and waiting.

There are about a million ways you can do this too. I made pumpkin spice oats once. In place of fruit put 1/4 can pumpkin puree and a few shakes pumpkin pie spice. Maybe a drizzle of honey (or maple syrup if you’re gettin crazy!) to sweeten it. You could do apple cinnamon as well! Peal some apples, dice them up and add cinnamon. VERY good! Make sure you don’t leave the skin on though. It makes it pretty hard to chew. Trust me. I’m sure you could search Pinterest for other ideas. It’s pretty easy to experiment with different combos. Just keep the oats/milk/yogurt base and fancy it up with whatever you think sounds good!

 

Breakfast Smoothie

Mornin’ y’all! Just jumping on here really fast to share a smoothie recipe with you. Not every smoothie I make tastes good so when I do come up with a winner I try to write it down or at least remember what I put in it so I can hopefully make it again.  Today has to be a grocery day. We are out of pretty much all the go to easy stuff which meant I was grumpy and needing breakfast. No cereal, not enough oatmeal left, no more eggs or bread. UGH. I decided to try out an oatmeal smoothie to use the last bit of oats I had. It turned out super tasty and filling.

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Here’s what I did…

1/3ish cup quick oats.

1/2 cup blueberries (frozen)

1ish packed cup chopped kale

1/2 banana

1.5ish tbsp chocolate PB2

1 cup 2% milk.

Blend! It JUST fit in my 16oz  cup. Perfect.

Here’s the My Fitness Pal breakdown.

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