Are you the type of person that tends to be in a rush every morning? You are not alone, but it doesn’t mean that you should sacrifice your breakfast time and grab something unhealthy. Whether you spend time getting ready or are chasing kids around the house before school, you also need to eat to take care of yourself.
Since we are moving into the summer months, you may not want a hot breakfast, especially since you have to spend time cooking it. The best way to ensure a nutritious and delicious breakfast is to make overnight oats. You can add your favorite fruits, nuts, or seeds as toppings for extra nutrients.
How Do You Top?
When it comes to topping your overnight oats, you are going to want to use ingredients that fuel you until lunchtime. We suggest using chia seeds, chopped walnuts, raw almond butter, bananas, and blueberries. Unless you have an allergy to these suggested ingredients, here’s why you should use them.
These little antioxidant powerhouses have actually been proven to help prevent memory loss. When ingested, blueberries help clear toxic proteins from the brain. Make sure that you only wash blueberries when you are ready to eat them. This will help keep them fresh for longer.
Don’t be fooled by the size of these seeds. They are packed with nutrients, such as fiber, protein, calcium, manganese, magnesium, and phosphorus, among several others. Chia seeds are loaded with antioxidants and all of their carbs are all in the fiber, which is great for your digestive system.
Bananas are essential for healthy digestion, heart health, and they promote weight loss because they help decrease water retention. Bananas also help to boost your mood, reduce stress levels, and they promote healthy sleep, due to their tryptophan content.
Walnuts are rich in anti-inflammatory compounds and omega-3 fatty acids, making them the ultimate brain and heart food. When you eat walnuts, they provide you with essential minerals that help boost your metabolism. Additionally, diabetics are recommended to eat walnuts because they help keep unhealthy cravings at bay, helping to balance blood sugar levels.
Ingredients You’ll Need
For the Oats:
- ½ cup gluten free oats
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- ½ banana, sliced
- ½ cup blueberries
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
For the Toppings:
- ½ cup fresh blueberries
- 1 teaspoon agave syrup
- Layer the oats, almond butter, chia seeds, banana slices, and blueberries in a glass jar or container.
- Add the almond milk, seal with a lid, and shake until everything is thoroughly combined. Refrigerate overnight and remove in the morning to eat. Top with blueberries and agave syrup and dig in!