You know what they say … Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so you better make it a good one! Eating a nutritious breakfast will help kickstart your metabolism, fuel your energy, and improve your productivity throughout the day. There’s only one major problem with breakfast. Most people are in such a rush in the mornings that they don’t have time to make a healthy meal. That’s where overnight oats come in handy!
Overnight oats are extremely easy to prepare, you can eat them on the go, and they’re loaded with healthy ingredients. Get gluten-free oats to make it a gluten-free meal. Also, use a nut milk if you’re trying to eat dairy-free. Did I mention overnight oats are also inexpensive and totally delicious? To make your own, all you have to do is fill a Mason jar with oats, liquid, some add-ins, and toppings. Pop it in the refrigerator overnight and the flavors will fuse together by the morning. No cooking required. Really … it’s that simple!
1. Blueberry Cashew-Cream – Both your taste buds and your waistline will love this overnight oats recipe. It’s loaded with superfoods such as blueberries, bananas, flax seeds, and chia seeds. Since chia seeds can absorb up to 10-times their own weight in water, they will help keep you feeling full for longer. That means they’re great for weight loss!
2. Overnight Oats With Figs and Honey – This recipe may taste sweet, but there is absolutely no added refined sugar. All of the sweetness comes from the raw honey. Plus, the figs offer additional vitamins and minerals your body loves.
3. Raspberry Almond Overnight Oats – One serving of this raspberry almond overnight oats is 11 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein. So this jar of oats is sure to keep your tummy feeling full until lunch time. That means you won’t be loading up on extra calories from a mid-morning snack. Note: Whenever possible, use organic fruit in these recipes. Organic fruit will assure you that you aren’t ingesting dangerous pesticides, chemicals, or GMOs. This is extremely important when it comes to weight loss. Did you know going organic can help boost your metabolism? Fruits grown without pesticides don’t expose the thyroid to toxins, allowing your fat-burning system to work better!
4. Strawberry Chia Overnight Oats – Like I just mentioned above, chia seeds are great for weight loss. Add in some almonds and you’ve just created a belly-filling breakfast. Along with their protein and magnesium, the almonds give this jar of oats a nice crunch. The only thing to avoid in this recipe is the agave syrup (opt for raw honey or raw maple syrup instead)! While agave is often touted as healthy, health professionals are learning more and more about the sweetener. Dr. Oz wrote, “We used to think that because agave has a low-glycemic index and doesn’t spike your blood sugar like regular sugar does, it would be a good alternative for diabetics. But it turns out that although agave doesn’t contain a lot of glucose, it contains more fructose than any other common sweetener, including high-fructose corn syrup.”
5. Chilled Plum-Oatmeal Pudding – Made with one fresh plum, ground cinnamon, and pure maple syrup, this recipe is loaded with beneficial vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Both the plums and the cinnamon are great for digestive health. The list of their health benefits doesn’t end there, though.
6. Tropical Overnight Oats – This recipe is topped with fresh kiwi and pineapple. Both fruits have amazing health benefits. They are both loaded with immune-boosting vitamin C, have cancer-fighting properties, and help naturally detox the body.
7. Banana Bread Overnight Oats – Bananas are a healthy source of dietary fiber, making this breakfast meal easy to digest. Bananas are also a great food for athletes. So indulge in a bowl of this banana bread overnight oats either before you workout or after!
8. Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats – Cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract — enjoy the taste of fall all year long with this healthy overnight oats recipe.
9. Cherry Chia Overnight Oats – Love the flavor of cherry? Then you’ll love this oats recipe! With protein powder and almond butter on the ingredient list, this thing is chock full of protein and healthy fats. It’s also low-sugar, making it an incredibly healthy breakfast option.
10. Orange, Coconut, and Vanilla Overnight Oats – Who doesn’t love a good dose of immune-boosting vitamin C? I sure do! Along with the health benefits, this orange oats jar is bound to please your taste buds. It’s tangy, yet sweet. Note: This recipe calls for yogurt. When choosing the right yogurt to add, make sure it’s not loaded with added sugar. Instead, opt for a plain, natural yogurt. You may even want reach for a live-cultured yogurt that has probiotics and will help improve your gut health.
11. Peach Pie Overnight Oats – One tablespoon of honey is all it takes to make this peach pie overnight oats recipe sweet. Along with the pleasant flavor, diced peaches and whole raw almonds add a nice crunch.
12. Banana Foster Overnight Oats – This recipe takes a little more time to make, but it’s definitely worth it. First you need to sauté bananas in vanilla, cinnamon, and raw maple syrup (sounds great already, right?). Then you’ll add the bananas to the oats and milk. You can also make this recipe dairy-free by swapping out regular cow’s milk for almond milk!
13. Cocoa Nibs & Pomegranate Overnight Oats – It will only take you about five minutes to whip up this breakfast meal. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and downright delicious. While many people don’t think to add pomegranates to their breakfast meals, the sweet seeds pair nicely with the bittersweet cocoa nibs. That’s not to mention, pomegranates have some serious health benefits, including:
- Fight cancer
- Help lower bad cholesterol
- Reduce risk of stroke
- Aid weight loss
14. Coconut Pomegranate Overnight Oats – If you’re a coconut lover, get ready to go coco-nuts for your new favorite breakfast. The combination of coconut extract, coconut milk, and shredded coconut flakes make you think you’re eating a tropical meal (just close your eyes and imagine you’re laying on a beach). Plus, coconut is extremely healthy. Since coconuts are loaded with fiber, healthy fat, key vitamins, and minerals, they help:
- Improve digestion
- Lower bad cholesterol
- Stabilize glucose levels
- Fight off viruses/ infections
- Kill bad bacteria
- Regulate hormones
- Aid weight loss
- Natural energy booster
As far as the taste of this breakfast recipe, the coconut pairs perfectly with the juicy, nutrient-dense pomegranate seeds!
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