}); relaxed and healthy: Overnight Oatmeal

Friday, March 11, 2016

Overnight Oatmeal

I am a big oatmeal lover and was turned onto overnight oatmeal a year or so ago.  Can you imagine the joy of being able to craft this staple breakfast item into something quite delicious? I have even converted previously non converts (haters) of oatmeal, so much so that we compare our recipes.  Yep, it is that big of a deal.

Anyway here is one of my favorite recipes, you can tweak it any way you like to;

1/3 cup old fashion oatmeal
1 cup vanilla flavored soy milk
A handful of blueberries
2 tbsp cranberry
1 tbsp ground flax seed
A dash of cinnamon powder
1 tbsp Pine nuts

In a bowl combine the Soy milk and cinnamon powder, and then mix in the grounded flaxseed and oatmeal.  Pour mixture into a glass jar or a sealable container and top with cranberry, pine nuts and blueberries (in that order) and refrigerate overnight. 

Benefits of the key ingredients

Oatmeal- rich in soluble fiber, and  contains both potassium and calcium
·         Blueberries- they are   Low in fat, has a good dose of vitamin C, and helps boost brain health
Cranberries- are low in fat, and are a good source of dietary fiber
·         Flaxseed- is a good source of Omega 3 fatty acid. helps to lower cholesterol, improves blood sugar, and is rich in fiber
·         Pine nuts- boost energy, good source of magnesium, monounsaturated fat, protein and iron
I love this recipe because it has the freshness of the blueberries, mixed with the tartness of the cranberries and the crunchiness of the pine nuts.  My tongue has a ball with each mouthful, but aside from the amazing taste this is one healthy bowl or jar of yumminess. It is very filling so when I have it for breakfast I normally skip my mid-morning snack and have water in its place. I am not a big cold cereal person so I often leave it out to get to room temperature before eating.

Have you tried overnight oatmeal? If so, what is your favorite recipe?  

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