September saw me fresh out of summer: rested, rejuvenated and ready to start 2nd year. This year I have been commuting about an hour and half to school and back each day. At first it was nothing, but as my work load piled and my summer of rest faded away…. I found myself feeling drained. Admittedly, I started sacrificing my healthful habits out of pure exhaustion. This often included skipping breakfast because I was running a few minutes behind or just felt too tired to put something together.
Breakfast is truly important! It helps to wake the metabolism and regulate many important hormones. If we think about it, we’ve basically come from a 6-8 hour fast and our bodies and brains are hungry for fuel. How can we expect the best from our minds and bodies if we dont give them sufficient fuel?
This recipe was inspired out of the need for a grab and go, pre-prepared breaky that did not involve a drive-through, school cafeteria or any morning-of prep. Turns out this is SO tasty and includes a ton of good fuel for those long days- I’ve started making these for my hubby also and he loves them!
The base for this breaky is Greek Yogurt because it has a good deal of protein, which is important to include in your first meal of the day! If you are dairy free or vegan, you can definitely use an alternative (soy-yogurt or coconut-yogurt will work). Also, I use mason jars to prep this because they store well and are sealable – great for throwing in your bag on the way out the door.
What you’ll need per Jar: these measurements can be adjusted to taste + texture preferences. Most days now, I just add ingredients without measuring (it’s faster 😉
1/4 cup Almond Milk
1/4 cup Oats (plain)
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
Fruit (I like berries but you can play around)
Directions: These are to be made at least the night before you intend to eat them!
1. Add your oats and almond milk to the jar.
2. Add the yogurt and chia – mix everything.
3. Add your berries/fruit/nuts. I usually use blueberries, raspberries + blackberries.
4. Seal and refrigerate overnight. Yes – its that fast + easy!!
You can make enough for 3 days at a time because these keep well for a few days! As the oats and chia seeds absorb the moisture of the almond milk the mixture thickens! If you prefer a thinner texture, experiment. Add more almond milk or less oats etc. I’d stick to 1 tbsp Chia Seeds because these guys are packed with great nutrition!
I hope you guys try this out. And I would love to hear of any variations to the recipe. As for me, I’m headed back to study land, exams start next week.