Oatmeal Isn’t Big In Hawaii

I remember seeing commercials as a kid for cold medicine that showed a sneezing, coughing, miserably sick person in a snow storm.  Since I was a kid growing up in Hawaii, I could never relate to that ad. And that’s how it always was with oatmeal.  We just never had it growing up—I guess because it never got very cold.  Now that I’ve been in Iowa for the past 20 years, I get why people love their oatmeal. Creamy, warm, chewy oats…yum.

I used to buy those packets of oatmeal with the yummy sounding combinations.  Cinnamon apple.  Apricot honey…and then I read the label.  Trader Joe’s Pecan Pumpkin Instant Oatmeal probably has less “junk” in it than other brands, but with 14g of sugar per serving, you’d use more than half the 24g daily limit recommended for women at breakfast alone!

The good news is that you can control the sugar content in oatmeal by making it yourself.

Putting It All In A Jar Makes It Easy

Imagine this: you put a few ingredients in a jar, stir it and refrigerate overnight.  In the morning, you add whatever else you want and eat it fresh.  That’s the beauty of overnight oats.  It’s a great, portable meal to take with you if you need to rush out the door.  It’s also a great way to add in nutritious extras like protein powder, flaxseed meal or chia seeds for a dose of omega-3 fats and fiber.

Overnight Oats
Serves 1
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  1. 1/3 cup rolled oats
  2. 1/2 cup almond milk
  3. 1 Tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
Optional add ins
  1. sliced almonds
  2. flaxseed meal
  3. protein powder
  4. sliced banana
  5. chopped apples or berries
  6. maple syrup
  1. 1. Put the oats, milk and chia seeds in a jar and stir to combine.
  2. 2. Store in fridge overnight.
  3. 3. The next morning, add in your optional ingredients and additional milk if desired. It's really that easy!
  1. I personally like it cold, like muesli, but if you like it warm, microwave it in the jar (without the cover of course) for 30 seconds and stir.
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