New running record today! I ran 28 minutes without a walk break! I am hoping to run 30 minutes straight on my next run, which has been my goal for a few months :).
I think a small celebration is in order tonight in light of my good run today and the fact that it’s National Margarita Day! My Texas roots will not allow me to skip this holiday!
Now onto the food. As I started reading healthy living blogs, I began to see “overnight oats” pop up everywhere. They are popular among this group because they make a nutritious breakfast – and breakfast is the most important meal of the day :). I should warn that they are not necessarily a low calorie breakfast, but you need a decent breakfast to get your metabolism going and give you energy for the first few hours of the day. Anyways, I tried a couple of recipes for overnight oats and never quite found one that I loved, so I began experimenting. A lot of people seem to add peanut butter to their overnight oats, and well, I’m one of the few people in the world who is not a big peanut butter fan. But then it occurred to me – what do I love that is very similar to peanut butter? Nutella, of course! So, I created my own recipe for overnight oats using these simple, and mostly nutritious, ingredients.
Old fashioned oats are whole grains and full of fiber, magnesium, potassium and zinc. Low fat milk has calcium, duh! And greek yogurt has loads of protein and calcium as well as beneficial bacteria. Now if you don’t read healthy living blogs, you may be wondering what my fourth healthy ingredient is – chia seeds.
Chia seeds can be found in most grocery stores nowadays, or you can order them online. I’ve seen them at Whole Foods and other stores and they seem to be cheaper in stores. Anyways, chia seeds have tons of fiber, antioxidants, omega-3 acids and protein, and are known for being low calorie, virtually tasteless, and great energy providers. I love to add them to yogurt, smoothies, and overnight oats – but the possibilities are endless. When you add them to a liquid, they soak up the liquid and become sort of like tapioca balls (in my opinion!). When you add them to overnight oats, they soak up some of the milk overnight and give you a nice creamy texture in the morning. I know they may sound scary, but they are great!
So do you want to have dessert for breakfast? And start your day off with lots of nutrients? You know what to do!
Not too photogenic, but extremely tasty!
Nutella Overnight Oats
*My favorite fruit to add is bananas, but add whatever you like! Bananas should be extremely ripe.
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
- 3/8 cup milk
- 1/3 cup Chobani vanilla yogurt
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 heaping tbsp of nutella (add more or less depending on how sweet you want them)
- 1 banana (sliced thinly) or 1/2 cup frozen raspberries (picture above is with raspberries)
1) Add oats, milk, chia seeds, yogurt and nutella to a bowl. Stir until combined.
2) Add banana or frozen raspberries and stir to combine.
3) Put plastic wrap over the top and refrigerate overnight.
4) Stir to combine again in the morning and enjoy!
*Note – some people prefer their overnight oats thicker, and some prefer them more milky – so experiment with the amount of milk you add and if it’s ever too milky, add more chia seeds to absorb the excess liquid. This recipe is the consistency that I enjoy.