Overnight oats are the best breakfast option for busy people who want to eat healthy. They require almost no preparation and are a satisfying meal that you can pack with as many nutritious ingredients as you like.
All you require is a Mason jar or deep cereal bowl that you can cover. Put in your oatmeal, whether white or wholegrain. Layer it with chopped fruit or berries, nuts and seeds. Now pour over your choice of milk or milk substitute. Cover and chill overnight in the fridge. Voila ! The next morning you have a nutritious breakfast that you can enjoy at home or carry with you on your commute.
The beauty of this recipe is that it has no fixed quantities or ingredients. You can vary them to get a new flavour every day. Berries are the most popular but any seasonal fruit can be chopped or sliced and used. The most commonly used nuts are walnuts but you can use any kind of slivered or whole nuts like almonds, pistachios, cashews or pecans.
Overnight oats are possibly the best and easiest way of adding ancient grains and seeds to your diet. Flax seed, chia seed, quinoa, spelt: you can add any or all to your oats.
To soak your oats you can use your choice of milk: whole milk, skimmed, semi-skimmed, anything goes. Soy milk or almond milk is an option for those with lactose intolerance.
Cinnamon apple oats are my favourite. You add chopped apples, walnuts and a generous pinch of cinnamon to your oats before adding the milk. The resulting mixture is almost like apple pie.
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