It’s easy for time to slip away when you’re trying to get yourself and your family out the door for work and school. Breakfast is often skipped, and it’s easy to pick up fast food or hit the vending machine mid-morning.
How cool would it be to make a nutritious, delicious breakfast the night before that you can assemble in the morning in just a few minutes?
That is where overnight oats come in. You don’t have to cook the oats, and you just add in your favorite toppings. Store in the refrigerator till morning and you’re good to go. Oats are a good source of fiber and help keep cholesterol levels down.
Here are 5 tips to make overnight oats:
Use Rolled Oats
Steel-cut oats are too firm, and instant oats break down too much when making overnight oats. Purchase a rolled oat such as Quaker Old-Fashioned® for better texture.
Add your favorite fruits such as blueberries or strawberries to bump up the nutrition and flavor. Spoon in some peanut butter for extra protein and if you like chocolate, add some Nutella®. Greek yogurt is smooth and tasty and supplies needed calcium. Try almonds, peanuts, macadamia’s or your favorite nuts.
Don’t Add Fruit Too Soon
There are so many fruits to choose from, and most should not be added until you are ready to eat. Bananas are an exception, and can be added when you mix everything else the night before. If you don’t want to wait, you’ll need to mash the fruit up.
Add Nuts Just Before Eating
That delicious crunch blends so well with the oatmeal and fruit, but nuts will get soggy unless you wait to add until you’re read to chow down.
Make Extra Batches
On a day when you’re not so busy, make up extra batches of overnight oats. You can use cottage cheese containers or mason jars for storage. Any container with a tight seal would be just as good. Now, you’re ready at a moment’s notice to serve your family a nutritious breakfast.