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Overnight Oats

Overnight Oats

Do you want to  know what it’s really like to  be a working mom?  Here’s a little story that pretty much sums it up…

I decided to get my shower out of the way last night.  I washed my hair, shaved, got all clean and respectable.  I knew I was going to workout this morning but I figured if I got the time consuming stuff, like shampooing hair and shaving legs, out of the way, then I could just rinse off post workout.  Yes, it’s gotten to the point that I have to  schedule showers into my day.  So… that’s what I did.  I took a “real” shower last night and then I went to the gym this morning and then came home for a quick rinse.  While in the shower this morning, I noticed that I only shaved one armpit last night.  Yep.  I went to the gym this morning and worked out in a tank top with one shaved armpit.  Isn’t that hot?  Thank god I’m married because I just ensured that all 500 men at the 24 hour fitness this morning will not be tempted to hit on me from this day out.  And I did pull-ups, just in case you were wondering.

Anyway, if you’re busy and find it hard to get both armpits shaved, much less cook a healthy breakfast, you have to try overnight oats.  It’s a delicious, healthy, lifesaving meal that you need in your life.  Guaranteed.

Here’s what you need…

Most recipes I’ve seen call for 1/3 – 1/2 cup of oats per serving but I am always hungry so I use 3/4 of a cup of oats per serving.

  • 3/4 cup of quick oats (you can use traditional rolled oats but I like the texture better with quick oats)
  • 3/4 cup of milk (I use Fairlife lactose free whole milk, but that’s because I have a lactose intolerant son and husband.  You can use whatever kind of milk you keep around.  For fewer calories, or dairy free, almond milk works well.)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds (optional, but it soaks up any extra liquid and makes it creamier)
  • 1 large spoonful of peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp of honey or maple syrup
  • dash of sea salt
  • dash of cinnamon

That’s it.  Put all the ingredients in any container with a lid, mix them up, and put them in the fridge.  The peanut butter won’t really mix in with everything but that doesn’t matter at all.  Your overnight oats will be ready to eat the next morning and will keep for 3-5 days.  Yep.  You just made breakfast for the week in 10 minutes.  Nice work.  You’re so smart, and so cool, and so healthy, and totally hot (even with one shaved pit).

Also, buy some berries and bananas so that if you happen to have 30 extra seconds in the morning, you can throw some fresh fruit on the top.

If you get sick of the regular recipe, there are a million ways to  tweak this recipe.  Check out this page for some creative flavors like chocolate or carrot cake.  Next week I’m going to try the tropical fruit flavor with mangoes, pineapples, and shredded coconut.  I’ll let you know how it tastes.

Happy breakfasting.  Don’t forget to shave both pits!