Losing weight has been super slow and steady, but at least it’s happening right? And it’s not like I’ve cut out eating out or the odd treat so I guess I can’t expect the earth. But I’d like to share with you something that has really made all the difference and that is overnight oats. Sounds boring and if you’re not a breakfast person like myself, it might seem like the last thing you want in the morning. But every week day I eat a healthy dose of oats, coconut milk (Koko Dairy Free, not the tinned kind), almonds, cinnamon and banana – and it seems to be working for me. Do I hear a “but why are they overnight? What’s wrong with then and there oats?” Well I was much the same until I tried them. Leaving them to soak overnight means that the oats absorb more of the moisture from the milk and they turn out way creamier and just generally better than regular oats. Just blast them in the microwave for 30 seconds before you eat them if you like them hot, but they are just as good cold. It’s also just really convenient to be able to prepare something so quick overnight as it gives me an extra 10 minutes sleep in the morning,
I tried just eating fruit in the morning and, although tasty, I found myself getting hungrier at lunch time and would eat more as a result. The week where I ate fruit every morning, I lost 1 lbs compared with the week where I had oats every day where I lost 3 lbs – I think I’m on to something. And although I can’t face food first thing in the morning, I suspect I’m still getting over the trauma of waking up, I make them the night before and just grab my Tupperware out of the fridge as I’m walking out the door. I get into work, get myself situated and then mosey on up to the microwave when I start to get hungry – usually around 10pm- sprinkle on my toppings and then I’m full until lunch and beyond.
Not sold on oats? I’ve decided to collate some of the tastiest overnight oats recipes for anyone who struggles at breakfast time or just fancies a change from plain porridge.
Rhubarb and Strawberry Chia Oats
This delicious recipe from Maria Makes Muffins is soooo making it on my list of breakfasts to try. What a way to brighten up your morning!
Chunky Monkey Overnight Oats
Is there a better combination that chocolate and banana? This mimics the flavours of that popular Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavour really well and with a fraction of the calories. Check out Steph’s Bite By Bite for the recipe.
Apple & Cinnamon Overnight Oats
Melissa King at My Wholefood Life knows how it’s done. Give these apple and cinnamon oats a try for a warming autumn breakfast treat.
Coconut Almond and Cacao Overnight Oats
Leaf Parade’s Emily knows how to supercharge overnight oats. How nutritious and tasty do these look?! And mad good for you.
Orchard Bircher Muesli
Gorgeous and tart, Bircher Muesli uses yoghurt to thicken the oats and goes so well with berries, check out Happyhearted Kitchen for the recipe.