You may be thinking to yourself come on now Becky this was a food trend a few years ago, get with the times. I am sure there is a more fashionable breakfast that I could be eating right now but I have never been a follower of fashions and trends, always preferring to do my own thing and so I turned my nose up at overnight oats when everyone and their dog seemed to be eating them last year. Well I didn’t turn my nose up as such but cold porridge? Well let’s say it didn’t appeal.
I am terrible at eating breakfast. I tend to feel a bit queasy if I eat too early and then an hour or two later I have a real energy dip and end up just grabbing some sweet, indulgent junk especially on the days that I am in work. Which is fine, on occasion. Not every day. I realise the importance of breakfast and how it sets you up for the day..blah blah blah but unless I am having a lazy wake up in a hotel where I can relax and amble to breakfast I rarely want anything. A few weeks ago I realised that although I was feeling good about my body shape and my health and fitness levels that I still wasn’t eating as well as I should be. And the thing is some of the ways food affects us can’t be seen so I knew I needed to start working a little harder on the balance of what I was eating. I don’t mean this in terms of cutting calories because none of this is about losing weight, I am happy with my size. I just know that feeling an intense need for a handful of biscuits at 10am is a result of me not eating a decent meal in the morning more than me needing that sugar high. So what’s a girl to do? I knew that I wasn’t going to want to make myself breakfast each morning as the hunger just wasn’t there but if I made myself breakfast the night before THEN I knew I would eat it because one I hate waste and two, well I wouldn’t have to think about it, just grab and go.
Overnight Oats made the most sense but I expected eating them to be a bit of a chore but it turns out I have gone and started loving them. They are insanely good when you find the right measurements for you. I have included a rough basic guide below but be prepared to make adjustments with the consistency, I amended mine slight each day for 5 days before landing on the perfect balance for me and it really is all about personal preference. The best thing about these oats is you could add anything you like, and you will find yourself getting excited about flavour combos.. or maybe that is just me being weird.
I have tried a few different ways of having it this week and I’ve just made a version with coconut milk and strawberries which is resting in my fridge. I really enjoyed peanut butter and banana but my favourite way so far should come as no surprise. NUTELLA.
Remember these measurements may need adjusting to your taste. And always feel free to add more Nutella. Of course.
Nutella & Cinnamon Overnight Oats:
You will need:
110ml milk ( I use semi skimmed but any you wish to use is fine )
1 heaped tbsp Nutella
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Mix all your ingredients together in a jar or covered bowl and refrigerate overnight. The next morning whip it out and enjoy!
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