The most common habit I see in my patients and clients across the board is skipping breakfast. I have NEVER understood people who said that they just forgot to eat a meal during the day (because how can you forget to eat?!?!) but I mayyyyy understand and possibly even relate to the whole skipping breakfast problem.
My mornings usually includes me trying to finish up the dishes I neglected to do the night before after cooking, feeding/walking my dogs, working on a quick blog, and running around to get ready alllll before I leave to go to the hospital at 7am. I can't even imagine what our mornings will look like when we have kids in the mix. Needless to say, mornings can be a little hectic for everyone and breakfast is one of those things that can easily get skipped (I am embarrassed to admit that as a dietitian I have been guilty of skipping breakfast more times than I want to share).
What if you started preparing your breakfast the night before or even the weekend before and all you had to do was grab a jar from the fridge and head out the door? PRAISE THE LORD for whoever invented the overnight oats concept. There is no cooking involved, just preparation that you can do at night (and not in the morning when you are running around with your head cut off).
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These overnight oats are extremely nutrient dense, providing you with a large amount of protein, fiber, and omega-3s. They are so easy and so delicious that I may start having them every morning for breakfast. Try prepping five of these on Sunday and see if your week goes a little smoother and your belly is a little happier than it was before.
What Do You Need?
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 Greek yogurt, vanilla flavored
- 2/3 unsweetened milk, I use almond milk
- 1 tbsp chia seeds or ground flaxseed
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder, I use Juice Plus brand. This can also be substituted with 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 banana, sliced
- 1 tbsp walnuts, crushed
How Do You Do It?
- Mix all ingredients into a medium size bowl. Spoon the mixture into a jar with a tight fitted lid (I am a huge fan of mason jars and just started using the shorter, wide mouth 16oz ones).
- Refrigerate for at least 4 hours but preferably overnight.
- When ready to eat, add your banana slices and crushed walnuts on top, and ENJOY!!!
***Portion control police: These overnight oats are loaded with a whopping 550 calories, 27g protein. Your breakfast should be your biggest meal of the day anyways and these are packed with so many calories to help you stay fuller longer but if you want to eat half and then consume the other half for a snack later on, that is always a good plan too!