Happy new week everyone! Hope you've all had a lovely weekend and have some nice plans for the week ahead. For me, this week is all about kick starting my new diet. I've not been feeling myself for a while and I know it's all down to how I've been eating recently. When I don't take the time to plan my meals in advance, I end up snacking on unhealthy food that leaves me feeling tired, bloated and well, just horrible. Diet has a huge effect on my mood, energy levels and my life overall so I know I need to give it the time it deserves.
A big part of the change is reducing my carb intake. Don't get me wrong, I'm not going anywhere near Atkins, but when I actually look at my diet right now, it's ridiculously high in carbs and ridiculously low in fruit, vegetables, protein and all the healthy things I should be having. I'll still have my fair share of carbs, but I'll have them at the right time and with the right balance of other foods. No crazy fad diets here.
As part of my healthy meal preparations, I've been enjoying overnight oats for breakfast. If you don't know what that is, it's basically porridge with a fun topping in a cute little jar. Even better, it's super healthy and nutritious and since it's made in advance, you can even catch an extra ten minutes in bed in the morning!
Today I thought I'd share the easiest way to make overnight oats and let you know my favourite combos that I've been trying out this week. Here's how to make your own.
1. First you'll need some adorable little glass jars - I actually picked these up in Poundland (for a pound, obviously) which I thought was so good. You can also find loads of glass jars with lids on Amazon.
2. Decide what liquid you want to make your porridge - The oats are mixed with either yoghurt or milk/almond milk, and left to absorb overnight. You can change the liquid you use to add more flavour or change the thickness of the mixture, depending on your preference. I use a sachet of porridge (36g) and mix it with Rachel's Low Fat Vanilla Yoghurt or Rachel's Greek Style with Honey. All you need to do, is mix enough yoghurt/milk to create a normal porridge consistency then pop it in in the fridge. At this point, I like to add some frozen summer berries on top. When they defrost in the freezer overnight, there's a lovely soft berry mixture on top of the porridge which adds so much flavour. Having frozen berries in the freezer also means you don't need to worry about having fresh fruit in the fridge every day - which is always the struggle mid-week!
Recipe shown above: vanilla yoghurt, oats, frozen berries, muesli, crushed meringue.
3. Sleep. Wake Up. And add a topper - This is the fun part because there's so many different combinations you can try. I've been taking my oats out of the fridge in the morning and throwing some fresh strawberries, blueberries and muesli on top. I'm also going through a meringue obsession at the moment and, although it sounds crazy, some crushed meringue on top is super tasty! I break up one meringue (50 calories) in a bag, and can use this over 5/6 mornings worth - so despite it sounding super indulgent, it's not bad at all.
Recipe shown above: Greek Yoghurt with Honey, Blueberries, Strawberries, Muesli
Have any of you've ever tried making overnight oats and if you have, what's your favourite combos?
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