A Healthy New Year: Make-Ahead Overnight Breakfast Oats + 2017 Travel Recap
I hope you had a lovely week since we last connected here! Excitingly enough this past week I have been busy planning my first vacation of 2018. And it seems no matter how many adventures I plan, even when I have an outline of activities to plan, heck, even when I’m repeating activities I’ve already done, it still always takes longer to actually book than I expect. But seriously, this trip has been all-consuming this past week. Mainly because I have come to learn that people schedule their Italian ski holidays well in advance. How far in advance? Well definitely more than 5 weeks in advance.
As I was adjusting based on my poor initial planning it got me thinking, “Shouldn’t I have this whole travel thing down by now? I know I should. How many days did I travel in 2017? A lot, right?”
So, I decide to go back and tally it up for fun, and holy cow! I traveled 130 days in 2017. That’s 36% of the year! I explored 7 European countries, 1 territory, and had 3 trips to the United States. I know 2017 will go on record as my most traveled year. I’m ready for you 2018-travel-season, and especially excited to start it off with a ski trip in the Alps!
Anyway, let’s transition into Week 2 of my Healthy New Year recipes. I’m sharing a breakfast recipe today! Anyone else unable to skip breakfast? I’m that person who would wake up at noon (I wish), eat breakfast, then when 12:30 rolls around it’s lunch time, because, you know, it’s literally lunch time. I cannot skip a meal.
When I think of breakfast it has to be clean and fast. When I was working full time my go-to breakfast was 2 hard boiled eggs. Love this option because they’re good and so easy to batch cook. Make a dozen, and you’re set for 6 breakfasts. But every once in a while, I need a change of pace and I typically find that with a smoothie or my overnight oats. Which, like the hard-boiled eggs, can easily be batch cooked, yes please! Just 10 minutes of prep and you will have 4 breakfast servings, waiting and ready for you.
Cinnamon Coconut Overnight Breakfast Oats
Serves 1, quadruple to have 4 servings ready and waiting for you
- 1/4 cup Oats (32 grams)
- 2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds
- 1 Tablespoon Milled Flaxseed
- 2 Tablespoons dried Coconut, unsweetened
- ¼ teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1 pitted Date, chopped
- 1/2 cup Coconut Milk (125 milliliters)
- Banana and Almonds to garnish
Combined the first 6 ingredients in a to-go container or bowl. Repeat this 3 additional times for 4 total servings.
Add the coconut milk and stir to combine
Cover and refrigerator overnight or at least 8 hours
Enjoy chilled immediately from refrigerator, or warm in microwave. Top with banana and almonds, and extra coconut milk if you'd like
Will last refrigerated for 1 week
- Make your oats in to-go containers, that way you can literally grab and go when time is tight to eat anywhere.
- Packages of chia seeds and milled flaxseeds cost $10+ each, if you’re new to using these ingredients buy one at a time. Make sure you like them and will get your money’s worth.
- No coconut milk? Use your favorite liquid: water, cow milk, almond milk.
- Confession, I have never purchased dates in Minnesota. They have to be available there, right? Let me know, but incase they're not, you can substitute a prune or eliminate this item. (But the date is my favorite part of this recipe, so if you can find them, I strongly recommend using them!)
Why This Recipe is Healthy
This recipe is healthy because it is packed with fiber, protein, and natural sweeteners vs processed sugar. I have listed the benefit and the ingredients that provide them below!
Fiber, supports healthy digestion and leaves you feeling full for hours
- Chia Seeds
Protein, important for the growth and maintenance of muscle mass
- Chia Seeds- complete plant based source
*I have only skimmed the surface on the benefits of chia seeds and flaxseeds in an effort to keep your interest, ha! Want to know more? Please reach out!
I've sweetened this recipe without adding processed sugar. Instead I used cinnamon, coconut, and dates, spices and fruits that contain natural sugars, and will help curb your processed sugar cravings.
Bonus, this recipe is vegan and raw! For those looking to cut back on animal products/protein this recipe is a great way to start your day. For the benefits of raw food read my comments from last week's post here.
Thank you for reading, see you next week!