Recipe Time: Overnight Oats

I’ve been putting on a few pounds over the last few months.  Some because of the holiday feasts, but some because I have had back and hip pain and can’t exercise like I normally do.  I realized that if I couldn’t exercise then I need to cut back on my food intake, especially the rich and fatty food intake.  But, “dieting” never works for me.  Soooo, I’m trying a few healthier recipes in hopes that I’ll feel better and hopefully lose those few pounds that I picked up.  Overnight Oats is one of the breakfast recipes that I found that sounded versatile and tasty.  It cuts out the butter and processed sugar of my normal oatmeal, and jazzes up the taste with Greek yogurt, fruit, nuts, and honey, or whatever toppings you prefer.  The best part – No Baking!   Here is the recipe that I picked up from  http://kroger.inspiredgathering.com/recipes/overnight-oats

Psst…I added a few of my own photos at the end of the post.  The recipe is very quick and easy to mix.  I actually made a double batch to save time and energy in the kitchen.  Give it a try and let me know what you think and what your favorite fruit and protein combination is!  

Overnight Oats

Created by: Crystal Owens, A Pumpkin & A Princess

For me, a new year means new goals and lifestyle adjustments to get back on track after the holidays. Meal planning has always been a great way to stick to my diet and make the best possible food choices available. One of my favorite breakfasts is overnight oats.

This easy breakfast can be adjusted with fruit and protein of your preference. Simply combine old fashioned oats, Greek yogurt and milk in an airtight jar overnight. By morning, the oats will have absorbed the liquid and you can top them with fruit, chia seeds, nuts, granola, peanut butter – or whatever you like. The possibilities are endless!

Ingredients:

  • ⅓ cup old fashioned oats (not instant)
  • ⅓ cup Greek yogurt (vanilla or plain)
  • ⅓-½ cup milk
  • Toppings: banana slices, granola, and honey
Directions:

  1. Combine oats, yogurt and milk in a small mason jar or sealed container. Refrigerate overnight.
  2. Top with banana slices, granola and a drizzle of honey for sweetness. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

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– See more at: http://kroger.inspiredgathering.com/recipes/overnight-oats#sthash.Bc8RbOBQ.dpuf

Here are my photos of the mixing process:  Ingredients, before mixing, after mixing, in carry-out container, in mason jar as noted in recipe.  Enjoy!

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