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.


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.


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!


Smoothie Making!

Not sure if I mentioned it here or not yet but Thomo got me a Ninja blender for my birthday last week! It was a couple days before I could get to the store and buy some smoothie ingredients but since I have I’ve used the blender every day. Very excited about it! The kids and I got into making smoothies before we left Korea. I’d throw spinach in them which made me feel better about their picky eating the rest of the day. Definitely something I want to continue doing but we’ve been here a month and still waiting on our quick shipment from Korea…which has our old blender in it. SO so happy I got a big fancy one now!

I stocked up on spinach and kale, berries, peaches, bananas, mangoes, strawberries…lots of good stuff. I bought most of the fruit frozen already. I washed and bagged up the greens and tossed them in the freezer too then sliced bananas and froze them for a bit on a tray before bagging them up so they didn’t get all stuck together. Now, all I needed was to grab the bags and dump in what I wanted. Too easy! I do know people that individually bag up each day’s smoothie ingredients and freeze it all separately but I’m lazy and didn’t want to do that.
I’ve been making smoothies for lunch usually. Most days I don’t go to the gym until 10am so when I get home I make a smoothie with some protein powder for lunch. I try to either write down or record my recipes on myfitnesspal.com so I can do it again if it’s good. This is what I made today…

I found something on Pinterest that is a general guide to smoothie making. It suggested 1c greens, 2c fruit, 3oz yogurt, 1c liquid, 1/5 scoop protein, and some cinnamon. I skipped out on the protein today and added some flax meal instead. I did end up having to add about 1c more liquid than what it told me to use since it was pretty thick.

1 cup kale
1 cup raspberries
1 cup blueberries
1/3 cup greek yogurt
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla coconut milk
about 1 1/2 cups water
2tbs flax meal
a few shakes cinnamon

It was tasty but a little bitter. Still totally drinkable! I ended up repeating this for Thomo later. I left out the yogurt and added in some peanut butter. Super good.   

Here is a quick shopping list from SimpleGreenSmoothies.com to get you smoothie ready:

Liquid: Water, coconut milk, coconut water, almond milk

Greens: Spinach, kale, romaine, bok choy, swiss chard, collards

Fruits: Banana, mango, berries, oranges, peaches, pears, apples, grapes

Extras: Protein powder, chia seeds, flax, nut butters, coconut oil, cinnamon, cocoa

Here is the nutrition info via myfitnesspal.com for the recipe above

I really love smoothies. You can get as creative as you want and come up with a million different flavors.

Something that is also amazing and NOT a smoothie is a juice that the little coffee shop in Korea made. Just half an orange, half a grapefruit, and some water. Add a sweetener if you don’t like it super tart. Blend and voila! Super pulpy fantastic juice. Love. it.

Sick Day Ditalini Soup

Don’t you hate it when your head is stuffy and your throat hurts and all you want to do is order ramen from Korean Frying but realized you had ramen the night before so now you have absolutely no dinner plans and go digging through cabinets and Google to make something magical come together?

That happened a few nights ago. I had bought a box of ditalini pasta because the idea of soup sounded good a few grocery trips ago. I had half a box left (no idea what I used the half in??) so I went searching for a recipe and found a pretty easy looking soup that I had most of the ingredients for.

There’s some of the ingredients. Not pictured are some spices, garlic, and the celery I was supposed to put in it but found out I didn’t actually have.

Pretty easy peasy. Dice up your onion and carrots, garlic, and imaginary celery. Saute it in your big purple pot (because EVERYONE should have a big purple pot). Add in broth and beans.

Add your tomatoes, parsley, oregano, salt/pepper….all that good stuff.

Dump in pasta and cook about 10-12 minutes until pasta is tender. Then dish it up and top with some parmesan cheese!

Super yummy and just what I wanted.

Here’s the full list of ingredients…

  • 1 1/2 cups Barilla Ditalini, dry
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 2 cloves
  • 48 fluid oz chicken broth
  • 19 oz cannellini beans, canned, drained, rinsed
  • 4 large plum tomatoes, diced (or 1 can diced tomatoes)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped and divided
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • black pepper to taste
  • salt to taste
  • 1 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, freshly grated and divided

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