Sunday, April 9, 2017

Recipe~ Overnight Oats with Chia and Berries

Have you tried overnight oats? They are also known as refrigerator oats, you mix oats, liquid, fruit, and flavorings then they sit in the fridge overnight. The oats absorb the liquid and get soft and flavorful from the fruit and whatever flavorings you add. They are quick, convenient, and perfect for a Sunday batch up. If you want a satisfying grab and go breakfast, this fits the bill.

Overnight Oats with Chia and Berries
Makes three servings
7 Smartpoints per serving, calculated by the official Weight Watchers recipe builder

1 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats, not instant, or steel cut
3 tablespoons chia seeds
3 servings of your favorite protein powder, I used eggwhite powder that I found at Trader Joe's
8 fluid ounces of the milk of your choice, I like unsweetened vanilla almond milk
8 fluid ounces of water
1 cup of fresh or frozen fruit, I used frozen cherry berry blend
pumpkin pie spice to taste
a packet of your favorite sweetener, I used one packet of stevia

Mix everything in a large bowl, divide the mixture evenly between three containers, I used pint mason jars. Place in fridge overnight. Breakfast is ready to devour the next morning!

This is completely customizable to your taste, you can add lemon zest, juice and add blueberries, you can add a ripe mashed banana, pineapple, peaches. Different flavors of protein powder can change it up, too. Just keep in mind that your point value will vary depending on the type of protein powder you use. To lower the points, you can omit the chia seeds, but I like the good fats, it helps keep me. If you come up with a great combination, come share it with me!

Sunday has also become meal planning day. This is a must for me in order to have a successful week. I got this fantastic planner from Amazon. I've tried all manner of planners over the years, but this is the one I would have designed myself had I any artistic ability. They have all sorts of covers available. I almost got the Wonder Woman cover until I saw the cupcakes.

I've got most of my meals planned out, including my reminders to exercise. My knees are feeling ever so slightly better so I'm going to bust out my Leslie Sansone Walk and Home DVDs and try out the one mile walk, as well as try to build up some stamina and strengthen my knees on the new rowing machine we just bought.

Have a wonderful week!

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  1. Meal planning is a great idea. I struggle with making meals ahead of time because right now I am working 2 full time jobs. And I have to take food with me for my second job (driving) or I will not make wise choices! In 6 weeks I will quit one of my jobs, so planning will be a lot easier! I am going to get a planner today! Thanks!

    1. You sound busy. I hope you enjoy your time off from holding down two jobs! Let me know how you get on with the planner. I ordered some stickers to make mine more colorful. It made the planning fun, instead of the a chore.

  2. I'm so glad you are blogging again, and after reading this one I am all caught up! (I still hate oatmeal but that's OK.) I need to improve my meal planning, especially now that my doctor recommended that low FODMAPs diet. I'll be picking up tips from you, I'm sure!