Oatmeal Gets a Makeover

Melissa Martin, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, Certified Pilates Instructor |

Oatmeal is one of those foods that we loved as babies and still do well into old age. It is a simple staple that most of us have in our cupboard at all times. Not only is oatmeal healthy and versatile, it is also economical. Although some of the “fancier” whole grains like farro or quinoa are popular nowadays, nothing quite beats the humble bowl of oats.

Oats are full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Studies show that oats and oatmeal have many health benefits, including a reduced risk of heart disease, lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels and it promotes healthy gut bacteria (Healthline)

Most of us have eaten bowls of warm oatmeal through the years, but more and more people today are choosing overnight oats rather than regular oatmeal. Instead of boiling the oats in water to soften them, you soak the oats in milk, overnight, in the frig. There are countless overnight oats recipes online using a variety of fruits, nuts, seeds, etc. Here is a simple go-to recipe that you can start with, and then try adding different ingredients and toppings to make a variety of overnight oats.

Mix together:

1/2 cup rolled oats (do not use quick cooking or steel cut oats) 1/2 cup milk of choice (regular, almond, soy, oat, etc)
1/2 cup Greek yogurt (plain or flavored)
1 cup berries or chopped fruit - or a combination of fruit

1tsp chia seeds

Pour into an airtight jar or container and refrigerate overnight. You don’t need fancy overnight oats containers, although there are some nice ones out there. Mason jars work great, but any airtight container will do. Double or triple a batch and meal prep for the week, storing the overnight oats in the frig for up to 5 days. Grab a spoon and eat it cold right out of the frig, or microwave it for about 30 seconds or so if you prefer it warm. This recipe is delicious as is, but try topping it with a sprinkle of cinnamon or nuts for added flavor and texture.

Enjoy this delicious, healthy breakfast and experiment with different fruits, nut butters, seeds, nuts, etc. If you prefer a little sweeter taste, try adding some honey or maple syrup to your oats. The possibilities are endless!