So my Overnight Oats 3 Ways blog has been one of my most popular. And it's no wonder. We are busy—always on the go—with no time for breakfast. Maybe you are getting the kids off to school, or trying to get to the gym before work; whatever it is, you need to eat something portable, yet filling to get you through the rest of the morning. You also need something to keep you from running into Starbucks for a breakfast sandwich or Dunkin Donuts for a bagel or worse yet, for a "fat-pill". Having something to grab as you leave the house in the morning is key to resisting those convenient, yet dangerous, breakfasts which can add up almost half of the fat, sugar and calories you need for the entire day.
I've never been a breakfast person. In fact, it wasn't until I became an adult that I even really ate breakfast. I like to get up, turn my computer on, have a few cups of coffee, and then get ready for work. Most mornings, eating breakfast is the last thing I do before I walk out the door. I honestly prefer to bring my breakfast with me and eat at the office when I am checking my emails and returning calls.
That's why overnight oats work so well for me. I spend the 10-15 minutes the night before making them up in a jar, refrigerate overnight and in the morning, throw the jar in my purse and eat breakfast when I get to work. This week, I've revamped my overnight oats recipe to combine it with chia seed pudding and fresh fruit.
Why chia seed pudding? Well, we can all benefit from chia seeds; even meat eaters. They are full of antioxidants, fiber, calcium, protein and omega-3. These little seeds expand when wet to leave you feeling full and satisfied, which also make them a great part of a weight loss plan.
Let's get started building our parfaits. Have a few jars out and ready to be filled with the layers. I really like my Bormioli Rocco Fido jars that I bought online. They are the perfect size for two meals and clamp tight to seal. You can find yours here:
In a small bowl, take fresh blueberries or raspberries and crush them with a fork.
Add the chia seeds and unsweetened almond milk and stir to combine.
Spoon this chia seed pudding into your jar as the first layer. Add a layer of fruit on top of the chia seed pudding. Rinse your small bowl and get working on your oatmeal layer. This layer consists of gluten-free oats, flaxseed meal, pure maple syrup and unsweetened almond milk. Stir to combine.
Spoon this mixture over your fruit layer and then add an additional fruit layer to the top.
Close the lid and put them in the refrigerator to set overnight. And when you wake up...
The perfect portable breakfast. Take it to the beach, on a hiking or road trip, to the office—or eat this fresh and fulfilling breakfast in the comfort of your home. It's the perfect way to start the day.
ps. I want to hear from you! Let's start a conversation. Make sure to leave a comment on some of your favorite fruit combinations and let me know how it goes!
Time: 15 minutes prep, overnight to set
Chia Seed Pudding:
3 oz raspberries or blueberries, crushed
1 tbsp. chia seeds
1/4 c. unsweetened almond milk
1/2 c. gluten-free old fashion oats
2 tsp. ground flaxseeds
1/2 c. unsweetened almond milk
2 tsp. pure maple syrup
Fruit of choice for layering, washed and cut into small chunks.
In a small bowl, crush the raspberries or blueberries with a fork. Add the remaining chia seed pudding ingredients and mix to combine. Spoon into a ball jar. Layer with fruit of choice.
In a small bowl, combine the oatmeal layer ingredients. Spoon over top of the fruit layer. Add a few more fruit pieces to garnish.
Close the jar and put in the refrigerator overnight. Enjoy your parfait cold and on the go!