Overnight Oats, Chia, and Then Some

Overnight Oats, Chia, and Then Some

Recipes for overnight oats are all over the net. Oats are pretty bland, for the most part, so I like to spice it up. The more I put in the better it tastes!  There are so many goodies you can include in your overnight oats including seeds, nuts, and/or fresh and dried fruits. Don’t stop there! You can use any kind of milk and a bit of your favorite sweetener too (just stay away from anything artificial). My point is, don’t limit yourself to just one recipe. Switch it up, put some variety into it and add some flavor!

This is just a side note but I like making these on a work night so I can grab my breakfast and walk out the door in the morning. Plus they’re a healthy way to start the day!

Make your own favorite combination out of these ingredient ideas. I would suggest only using one type of oats at a time and one type of milk with or with out yogurt. Put as many fruits, seeds, nuts and sweeteners in as you’d like. Take it easy on the sweeteners too, you don’t want a sugar high. 

Types of Oats:

    1. Organic rolled quick oats
    2. Steel cut
    3. Regular rolled oats
    4. Scottish oats

    Types of Seeds:

      1. Chia
      2. Sunflower
      3. Pumpkin
      4. Hemp
      5. Flax
      6. Sesame

      Types of nuts:

      1. Almonds 
      2. Cashews
      3. Peanuts 
      4. Pecans
      5. Pistachios 
      6. Walnuts

      Types of Fruits (fresh or dried):

      1. Blueberries
      2. Raspberries
      3. Strawberries 
      4. Cherries
      5. Currants
      6. Pomegranate 
      7. Acai berries
      8. Bananas
      9. Blackberries
      10. Dragon fruit (so pretty to look at and packed with nutrients but not much flavor)

      Types of Sweeteners:

      1. Agave
      2. Raw sugar
      3. Brown sugar
      4. Honey
      5. Maple Syrup

      Types of Milk:

      1. Traditional cows – whole, 2%, or skim (try to stick with organic)
      2. Plain Greek Yogurt in addition to your choice of milk (again organic)
      3. Almond
      4. Coconut
      5. Soy
      6. Rice

      I’ll share my personal favorite combo to give you a better idea. I put 2 Tbls of oats and chia and 1 Tbls of the other ingredients in a mason jar. At the end, I fill it up with milk. 

      • Quick oats
      • chia seeds
      • sunflower seeds
      • pumpkin seeds
      • flax seeds
      • almonds 
      • fresh blueberries
      • dried cherries
      • agave
      • organic milk
      • Greek yogurt

      P.S. All of my ingredients are organic even though I don’t always say it and highly suggest you do the same.

      Enjoy!

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          Dark Chocolate Detox Bites

          One of the reasons I love Pinterest so much is because you find amazing food ideas. That’s where I found these and made them my own of course. 

          Dark Chocolate Detox Bites
          Dark Chocolate Detox Bites with fruit and nuts

          What you’ll need:

          • 2lbs dark chocolate
          • pistachios 
          • almonds 
          • coconut
          • pumpkin seeds
          • sunflower seeds
          • flax seeds
          • dried figs
          • dried cherries
          • dried currants
          • raisins 
          1. Prepare the nuts, seeds, and dried fruits by coarsley chopping the bigger ingredients. Mix all together in a bowl.
          2. Melt the chocolate in the microwave, stirring every 30-60 seconds. 
          3. Cover a sheet tray with parchment paper.  
          4. Pour the melted chocolate onto the paper in cookie size. Sprinkle the fruit and nut mixture over the chocolate. Work with one at a time so it adheres to the chocolate. 
          5. Place in the refrigerator to harden and serve!

          Enjoy!

          Dark Chocolate Detox Bites

          Drink Enough Water

          Water doesn’t have to be boring. Add some flavor to it! 

            
          Did you know that “…you should try to drink between half an ounce and an ounce of water for each pound you weigh, every day?”* That’s a lot of water so why not make interesting…as much as you can. I promise this is tasty. 

          Add a 1/2 of each fruit and some fresh mint to a pitcher of water, whal la. I used a blood orange, lemon, and lime. Put it in the refrigerator for at least two hours before drinking it. You can truly use any type of fruit you want but I was in a citrus mood today since it was so hot outside. Not only are you getting closer to your daily water intake goal, you’re getting your vitamins from all that fruit!

          To top it off, mint is beneficial to your health. To name a few, it helps with digestion, nausea, headaches, and weight loss. Check this out.

            
          If your having people over, it looks even better in a fancy pitcher!

            
          Enjoy!

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