Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It provides you with the energy and nutrients that you need to focus and get through the day’s activity.
You know that, don’t you? I am sure you do.
Unfortunately, a lot of mornings you rush out of the house without breakfast because you do not have time to prepare it. By mid-morning you probably feel sluggish and need a pick me up so you grab the nearest “too much sugar” snack which leaves you feeling………..guilty.
Well, good news!
With this Easy, Healthy, Breakfast Recipe you can decrease those times that you run out the door without your most important meal.
As a matter of fact, it is prepared from the night before so you only need enough time to open the refrigerator and pick it up.
Introducing Overnight Oats….
The name doesn’t sound too glamorous but this easy, healthy breakfast recipe is packed full of nutrients…….vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, carbohydrate and antioxidants.
All in one single meal……..you ask?
Let’s take a look at what makes up this delicious healthy breakfast.
Oats is one of the healthiest grains available. It is a good source of carbs and is high in fiber. It is rich in vitamins and minerals and antioxidant compounds.
It provides lots of health benefits such as lowering cholesterol, lowering blood sugar levels and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Oats is very filling and plays an important role in weight loss.
Pumpkin seeds are a good source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. They are also a good source of antioxidants and vitamins and minerals such as magnesium and zinc.
They might be small but pumpkin seeds have numerous health benefits including improved heart health.
Here is another power house packed in a small package.
Sunflower seed is high in vitamins, minerals and essential oils. It too has many health benefits including improving cholesterol levels as well as supporting bone and skin health.
What can we say about these little miracle seed?
Despite their tiny size, the chia seed is packed with nutrients. They are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and are rich in antioxidants, protein, fiber, calcium, phosphorus and zinc
Raisins are packed with energy and rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. Apart from the nutritional value though, one of the key reasons for including raisins in this recipe is its use as a sweetener.
Add a little spice to your life……..well, in this case, add a little spice to your breakfast.
We can’t leave out this “oh so versatile” fruit.
Apart from being a great source of potassium, the banana is a favourite in any recipe that might require a sweetener.
It’s totally your choice here. Almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, cashew milk……… take your pick.
So how do you put it all together……
It’s so simple.
First you get a bowl or whatever container you want to use.
Add the oats to the bowl.
Next you toss in the pumpkin seeds………
Followed by the sunflower seeds…..
………and the chia seeds
Its now time to add your raisins……
and your banana.
Pour in the milk……
and leave overnight in the refrigerator.
Next morning, just grab your breakfast, grab a spoon and you are ready to go.
1 cup old fashion oats
1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp sunflower seeds
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 ripe banana – sliced
1 cup almond milk (or any milk of your choice)
1 tsp honey (optional)
In a bowl, combine the oats, pumpkin, seeds, sunflower seeds and chia seeds.
Add the raisins, cinnamon and sliced banana.
Pour the milk and mix all ingredients together.
Put in the refrigerator overnight.
Next morning, take out your lovely breakfast.
Add a teaspoon of honey if you so desire.
No more missing breakfast.
If you forgot to prepare the night before, please don’t run out in the morning without eating. Your body needs nutrition to function properly throughout the hours ahead of you. Maybe try a smoothie for that day. It is quick and easy and quite nutritious too.
Enjoy your breakfast and have a lovely, focused, energetic day.
For added variation:
- After taking it out of the refrigerator you can top with different fruits such as strawberries, pineapple, mango.
- Another option is to add a spoonful of peanut butter for a different flavour.
- Try a spoonful of cocoa powder for a chocolate flavour.
Be adventurous. Switch around the recipe and try different ingredients.
Let me know in the comment box what different ideas you have come up with.
I would love to try them.