Overnight Oats

Mondays can be a bit of a drag.

Nine-to-fivers are all too familiar with the sinking feeling that accompanies the sound of the alarm on Monday morning. The anticipatory Sunday Night Blues have given way to the beginning of another work week, and the countdown to Friday commences with the first press of the snooze button.

If you may be suffering from a case of the Mondays, here is one way to combat your gloominess: Overnight Oats.

Overnight Oats

Overnight Oats are simply oats that are soaked in liquid overnight. The oats absorb the liquid, and the mixture is eaten cold in the morning. No cooking required. All you have to do is throw together a few ingredients before bed, and breakfast is waiting for you when you finally decide you have hit the snooze button too many times.

This is, without a doubt, the easiest breakfast recipe of all time. Step one: Mix all ingredients together, cover, and refrigerate overnight. Step two: Grab a spoon, and enjoy your breakfast! You can prepare the oats in a jar or other portable container so that you can enjoy your breakfast once you get to the office.

The base recipe listed below is a blank canvas just begging for toppings, and the possibilities are endless. Fresh fruit? Absolutely! Peanut butter? You bet! Leftover Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie? Why not?!

Some of my favorite toppings include PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter, blueberries + Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter, banana + Dark Chocolate Crunchy Nuttzo, and strawberries + chocolate chips.

Protein-packed and fiber-filled, Overnight Oats will give you the fuel you need to power through Monday morning. Before you know it, you will be getting ready for Tuesday and dreaming of your next topping combination for your Overnight Oats.

Overnight Oats

Yields: 1 serving

1/3 cups rolled oats
1/3 cup to 1/2 cup milk (I prefer almond milk)
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon Truvia (1 packet) or sweetener of choice
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch salt

Optional toppings:
Fresh fruit
Nut butter
Chocolate chips
Cocoa powder
Protein powder
Dried fruit

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl or jar. Cover and place in refrigerator overnight. Add additional toppings in the morning.

Servings: 1 (base)
Calories: 170
Fat: 4.5g
Carbs: 22.9g
Sugar: 3.1g
Fiber: 5g
Protein: 10.1g