Breakfast is definitely my favorite meal of the day. It sets your day off, gives you energy for what’s to come, and can be just so darn tasty. I’ve noticed a lot of hype lately around one of the most classic breakfast foods, oatmeal. Not that I use instant oatmeal, but in a frantic rush I usually just mush up a half of a banana, a tbs of peanut butter, a dash of cinnamon and be done with it. Recently I’ve noticed more an more people preparing overnight oats, and so I wanted to see what the big difference was. What I got was absolutely divine!
Berries and Cream Overnight Oats
Creamy, thick, and healthy too!
1/2 cup oats (gluten free if you prefer like I do)
1 cup vanilla almond milk
1 scoop vanilla flavored protein powder (my favorite is Sunwarrior raw vegan protein)
1 tsp maca superfood supplement (optional)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup ground flax seeds
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp honey (optional)
chopped strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries (I only had blueberries on hand)
1. Add all ingredients into a mason jar or container, and stir until completely blended.
2. Cover and let chill in fridge overnight. In the morning you can reheat oats in a small pot or eat cold. Top with berries of your choice and enjoy!
Soaking the oats overnight produced creamier oatmeal, and the flavors that I added were much richer after soaking all night. Some other benefits of soaking grains, like that I discovered are:
- 1. To remove or reduce phytic acid, which is very hard to digest for humans.
- 2. To remove or reduce tannins.
- 3. To encourage the production of beneficial enzymes.
- 4. To increase the amounts of vitamins, especially B vitamins.
- 5. To break down gluten and make digestion easier.
- 6. To make the proteins more readily available for absorption.
- 7. To prevent mineral deficiencies and bone loss.
- 8. To help neutralize toxins in the colon and keep the colon clean.
Information gathered from Food Matters.
|These oats are high in protein, and fiber and will really start your day off right! Yum!|