Healthy Eating: Overnight Oatmeal

Hey everyone! As some of you know, I often start little “health/weight loss journeys” and fail miserably. Go me! I know I’m not alone in that. Trying to be healthy can be hard, which is why I’m trying the “baby steps” technique. I’m trying to make more meals at home, use more wholesome ingredients, control my snacking, and eat out less. I’m also trying to eat breakfast every day.

I’ve never been big on breakfast because, quite frankly, I am NOT a morning person, and taking the time to make breakfast in the morning before running off to the office is just not something I’m motivated to do. BUT since breakfast is a big part of my “baby steps” plan to a lifestyle change, I’ve been finding ways to make sure I don’t miss my morning meal. That means… make-ahead meals! I’m talking smoothies made the night before and stashed in the fridge, homemade frozen breakfast burritos (with egg whites and turkey sausage), and overnight refrigerator oats. Today, I’ll be talking about the oats. The next time I make a smoothie, I’ll take pictures and post that recipe, too.

Banana cocoa refrigerator oatmeal. SO GOOD, YOU GUYS!

Banana cocoa refrigerator oatmeal. SO GOOD, YOU GUYS!

Overnight oatmeal is easy to make, which is a huge plus for me. I’ve been making the banana cocoa refrigerator oatmeal from The Yummy Life lately and they are DELICIOUS. These oats are also super filling, which I love. The nutritional counts will vary depending on your ingredients, but according to the site, this breakfast rings in at: 245 calories, 5g fat, 56g carbs, 10g fiber, 13g protein; Weight Watchers PtsPlus: 8. Not bad!

If bananas and cocoa aren’t your thing, The Yummy Life has several other variations here. The only other one I’ve tried is the apple cinnamon one, but since I didn’t actually have cinnamon at the time (I know, I know), it was a bit bland. I’ve obtained cinnamon, so I’ll give it another go at some point.

If you don’t have chia seeds, I’m pretty sure you can just leave them out and still follow the rest of these directions. I’ve also seen plenty of overnight oatmeal recipes online that don’t have chia seeds, so Google away, friends! (Or use the search engine of your choice. I won’t judge.)

What’s your favorite easy, healthy breakfast? Do you make it ahead of time or in the morning? Let me know!

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3 thoughts on “Healthy Eating: Overnight Oatmeal

  1. I’ve also tried a bunch of diets to lose a few pounds but I’ve never been very successful until now. I used to do a peanut butter sandwich and about 8 fl. oz of 2% milk but I found that’s too much calories and it doesn’t keep me fill for very long.
    So now, I’ve cut out the milk and do organic soymilk and a weight loss shake every morning. I think it’s a good idea to make breakfast ahead but unfortunately, I’m into warm and hot breakfasts. Apparently my body doesn’t do cold foods in mornings.

    • Hmm… if you like hot breakfasts, I’d suggest making breakfast sandwiches or burritos and freezing them. They take a minute or two to heat up, so they’re easy in the morning. If you choose 100-calorie English muffins or low carb wraps, egg whites, and a low calorie meat, they can be under 300 calories. I had a breakfast burrito this morning and it kept me full for a while!

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