If you find yourself rushing around in the morning, barely able to make coffee, let alone breakfast, it’s time to try overnight oats. What are they? It’s regular oatmeal with a twist. You don’t cook it. Simply pour quick cook, steel cut or rolled oats into a container and soak them overnight with coconut milk, regular milk, Greek yogurt or almond milk. In the morning, you’ll have a breakfast ready meal because they absorbed the liquid and softened, like they would if you cooked them.
Overnight oats have some great benefits.
Everyone knows that oatmeal is a nutritious breakfast that fills you and keeps you feeling full throughout the day. Overnight oats are no different in that respect. They also contain all the nutrients of regular oatmeal, such as protein, fiber, potassium, magnesium and Omega3 fatty acids. Since you’re making them from plain oats, unlike some types of instant oatmeal, they don’t contain added sugar. Almond milk or coconut milk as a soak also add a creamy texture and extra flavor.
You’ll get even more when you make overnight oats.
If getting the nutrients and the filling nature of oatmeal isn’t enough, there are other reasons to opt for the overnight method. That long overnight soak helps break down the starch in the oats and lowers the amount of phytic acid that can block your body from using all the nutrients it contains. It also protects the nutrients from undergoing the harmful effects of heat. These oats are easier to digest, making it a good choice with sensitive stomachs and digest issues.
You’ll save time and have a low cost breakfast waiting for you in the morning.
Oatmeal, particularly the kind you buy in a big container to cook, not the instant kind, are quite inexpensive. They provide a filling breakfast that won’t break the budget. It’s super quick in the kitchen with no extra pots and pans from cooking and takes about five minutes the night before to make. It’s quicker than laying out your clothing for the next day and saves even more time than that does. You can eat them immediately when you wake up or even take them with you to work.
- You can make these oats even more versatile and interesting by adding different types of plant based milk or even Greek yogurt. Add a few raisins and nuts and sprinkle on some cinnamon.
- If you want to keep it healthy and lower in calories, use berries or other fruit to sweeten it. You can also use stevia, maple syrup or honey or add protein powder, nut butter or wheat germ.
- If you want to improve your digestion, increase that feeling of fullness, improve your chances of weight loss and level out your insulin levels, you need more resistant starch. Overnight oats contain more resistant starch.
- Some people make overnight oats as a daytime snack. Add a few berries and you’ll have a snack that will fill you up without adding tons of calories.
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