This BERRY good recipe for Chia Overnight Oats is the BEST summer breakfast. Healthy blueberry and strawberry overnight oats that are waiting to brighten your morning!
CHIA OVERNIGHT OATS
So are overnight oats healthy?
Soaking the oats breaks down the strarches and they are easily digested. This is gentle to your system and allows you to absorb more of those nutrients! It also contains a natural carb called resistant starch that can aid in weight loss.
And anything that has a good source of protein is always benefical to keep you full.
HOW DO OVERNIGHT OATS WORK?
Instead of boiling the oat flakes with water in the traditional way of making oatmeal, you use milk (you can totally use non dairy milk too – hemp milk is awesome!) and leave it in the fridge overnight. This time allows the oats to absorb the liquid and soften to an oatmeal like texture, only it is served cold. Perfect for summer breakfasts or for you lucky ones who have summer weather year round.
Now why add chia seeds to overnight oats? Studies into the health benefis of chia seeds have shown they increased satiety which is how full you feel. Starting the day with a satisfying breakfast is essential for avoiding that mid-morning crash.
TIPS FOR CREAMY OVERNIGHT OATS
- Use a 2 : 1 ratio of liquid to oats. You want to make sure you have enough liquid for the oats to soften, otherwise it’s like eating paper. Not what you want first thing in the morning!
- Don’t use instant oats! Thet are processed to cook quickly and because overnight oats take … overnight … instant oats all but completely dissolve into nothing by the time breakfast rolls around. Old fashioned oats are the preferred variety for this method.
- Wait until morning to add the fruit. Like the instant oats, fruit breaks down quickly and will leave you with a mushy mess. It’s best to add fresh fruit at breakfast time
This particular version also features yogurt. I’m not vegan so I indulge in luscious, full fat grass fed yogurt. It’s all about the creamy factor for me. Yogurt adds protein and gut healthy probiotics.
The yogurt is sweetened with a touch of maple syrup which basically turns your breakfast into delectable chia oatmeal pudding. Adding the fresh berries puts it over the edge.
Enjoy this sweet summer berry breakfast recipe!
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This BERRY good recipe for Chia Overnight Oats is the BEST summer breakfast. Healthy blueberry and strawberry overnight oats that are waiting to brighten your morning! Red, white and blue themed for 4th of July!
Add all the ingredients except the fruit to a glass container that has a tightly fitting lid. Stir well and snap on the lid. Refrigerate overnight.
Remove the lid and stir again. Layer with the berries in a glass or bowl and enjoy.