With summer winding down and our attention turning back to the beginning of fall many of us will be finding yourselves busier. If you and/or your children are going back to school or just returning to work after a much needed summer holiday all that time that you had on your hands will slip away.
Breakfast is an important meal of the day. It fuels us so we can be ready to rush out and attack life with full force. I used to be terrible at ensuring I ate breakfast, particularly whilst at university so now that I am finished I make sure to eat breakfast. I recently happened upon an article in The New York Times about breakfasts around the world and they are vastly different from the standard North America breakfast of cereal with milk. I really need to take a closer look at all the different types of breakfast ideas and start incorporating them into my life. It got me to thinking about the types of breakfasts I had as a child. Sure I was given cereal but I mostly remember oatmeal being big in my house. Oatmeal with brown sugar and milk, that was my childhood morning routine before heading off to school. Oatmeal is a great breakfast as it is filling and full of healthy nutrients, the brown sugar may have countered the benefits of the oatmeal but when you are a child you don’t really want to eat bland or unsweetened foods.
These days I usually stick with shakes as this is a fast and easy way to load up on nutrients. Usually my go-to shake is tropical fruit but sometimes I switch it up and have a chocolate peanut butter one (mostly on the weekends). I also add in chia and/or hemp seeds to bulk up the shake and add more beneficial ingredients but lately I have been forgoing the chia and adding oats to my shakes. Pretty much it is a oatmeal shake and I must say I am enjoying them immensely but I have also been wondering if I shouldn’t just eat a bowl of oatmeal topped with fruit.
To compromise I decide to make some overnight oats. This easy breakfast meal has been all over the internet, in many ways it is the new shake revolution and I am fully on board. Instead of blending all my ingredients I let them sit overnight, this way it “cooks” the oats and the flavours meld together.
You can pretty much put anything you want in this, from fruit to chocolate, or like some photos I have seen protein like cheese or eggs (not sure I will be trying that). I decided to make two chocies for this week. One is blackberry watermelon and the other is S’mores. Both are equally delicious but I am likely to eat the blackberry version more often as the S’mores one is a bit decedent and not really suitable for daily breakfasts. Its good to have variety in your meals and I will be adding more overnight oats into my routine as the days get shorter and time isn’t on my hand. It will be nice to have something to grab from the refrigerator and drop into my bag, or quickly eat at the table before having to get on with the day.
Serves: 1 Total time: 10 minutes plus overnight
1 Cup gluten free oats
1 Cup non-dairy milk
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
3 Large marshmallows, cut into pieces or mini marshmallows (see note)
Pieces of dark chocolate, to garnish
1.Mix oats and cocoa powder together. Add in milk.
2. Pour some into jar then top with banana slices and marshmallows. Continue until you reach the top.
3. Finish off with more bananas and marshmallows. Put jar into refrigerator and chill until morning.
4. Garnish with some chocolate before serving and/or toast some marshmallows to top the oatmeal to be more authentic.
5. Will keep for 2 days in refrigerator.
Note: You can use homemade marshmallows or vegan marshmallows in place of regular store bought ones.
Blackberry and Watermelon Oatmeal
Serves 1 Total time: 10 minutes plus overnight
1 Cup gluten free oats
1 Cup green juice or coconut water
1/2 Cup watermelon, cut into pieces
1/2 Cup blackberries
1. Mix oats, juice and most of blackberries together.
2. Pour half into a jar. Top with watermelon then pour remaining oats into jar.
3. Top with blackberries and chill in refrigerator overnight.
4. Will keep in refrigerator for 2 days.