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. That’s how it 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, chewy oats…yum.
I used to buy those packets of oatmeal with the yummy sounding combinations. Then I read the label. Trader Joe’s Pecan Pumpkin Instant Oatmeal probably has less junk in it than other brands, but at 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 you can control the sugar content 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. 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 extra nutrition like protein powder, flaxseed meal or chia seeds for a dose of omega-3 fats and fiber.
- 1/3 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 Tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
- sliced almonds
- flaxseed meal
- protein powder
- sliced banana
- chopped apples or berries
- maple syrup
- Put the oats, milk and chia seeds in a jar and stir to combine.
- Store in fridge overnight.
- The next morning, add in your optional ingredients and additional milk if desired. It's really that easy! 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.
What’s your favorite way to eat oats?
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