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Not your typical oatmeal
I ate instant oatmeal almost everyday growing up. At least it felt that way. My brother loved Quaker Oats Maple and Cinnamon and guess who had to eat it with him? Every. Single. Day. Once I was old enough to choose I swore off oatmeal in its entirety and left it far behind with no regrets. I never wanted to see another bowl of oatmeal for as long as I lived. Then I found oats in a jar…but more on that in a minute.
As I grew older and my cholesterol became a reality, I heard different things about how good oatmeal is for you and how it may help lower your cholesterol. I began to research this and low and behold studies show some interesting oat facts. Oats may help with cholesterol and is considered a heart healthy food by the American Heart Association. Oats are full of vitamins, minerals and protein and fiber. The fiber in oatmeal also makes it particularly satiating, meaning you feel full for a long time.
Sibling oatmeal rivalry?
These are all great reasons to eat oatmeal but what if you grew up eating it everyday and now it does nothing for your palate? I did ponder this question at great lengths. I concluded that I had to choose my health benefits over my distaste for my brother’s choices and how he always got his way. Oops, did I say that out loud? Sibling rivalry is another post, let’s just stick to my oatmeal issues for right now.
Kidding aside, I really did see the value in adding a little bit of oatmeal to my life and decided to try overnight oats. Overnight oats mix up in one container and end up being a jar of sweet, fruity and healthy goodness. It tastes not at all close to the oatmeal of my younger years. As a matter of fact, it tastes nothing like oatmeal. It tastes like sweet fruit on a spoon that keeps you full for hours. In the morning, I can’t honestly get enough of my sweet oatmeal. I look forward to enjoying my oats slowly, so I can savor every bite., It feels awesome knowing I am eating healthy because it tastes sinfully good. So there big brother. HA!
Put the Oats in the Jar…
Getting your overnight oats together is fairly straight forward. I typically do a week’s worth a time and store them in the refrigerator to grab in the morning to bring with me to work. I start out with rolled oats, which I get from Thrive Market, an online grocery store that specializes in selling organic pantry, home and beauty products and delivering it all right to your door. I like to use Bob’s Red Mill for the oats and the flax that I use. You don’t have to use the flax but I like to get some in everyday and adding a tablespoon to the oats is easy. Flax meal tends to have a bit of a nutty flavor to it and it soaks up some of the liquid so your oats will be a tad bit thicker if you choose to add it.
I sometimes will add cinnamon to the oats and some blueberries. While all berries are good for you the blueberry has been shown to contain a high level of antioxidants which scientists say protect your body from free radicals. Free radicals cause damage to your cells and leave them vulnerable to disease. Antioxidants fight the free radicals and help to keep you healthy*. Blueberries are nutrient dense and taste great fresh or frozen.
Under Cover Oatmeal…
Now that we have the oats in the jar I have to talk a little bit about the covers. Now you can make the overnight oats in any kind of air tight container, not just in the jars. I just happen to think they taste better from the jars because I have had them in both. I don’t know if it is because it is kept colder or what but I just think it tastes better. The problem I was having when I first started to do these is that the jars come with metal canning covers. You can use them, but I didn’t like them.
Prep Ahead and Save Time
Consult Colleen is all about time savers and those metal covers were a huge time suck. You have to wash them by hand if you want to get all the stuff off the lids. If you do put them in the dishwasher they rust, or if you don’t dry them well enough they rust too. I found plastic wide mouth covers at a reasonable price and I love them. They stay cleaner and the seal is better for what I am using them for. Again, you can use the metal covers that the jars come with, this is just my personal preference.
I make five oat jars on Sunday night and it last’s me through the week. My weekend breakfast is usually something different so I don’t get bored with having the same thing every day. I usually do two weeks in a row of overnight oats and then I switch up for something else to keep things interesting. I have loved my overnight oats so much, and they are so good for me, that I even took it a step further and tried hot oatmeal in a slow cooker. If you like oatmeal, or even if you don’t. Say you had to eat it every day for forever because of your brother…try this recipe, even us” I’m boycotting oatmeal-ers” like it.
Are you going to try some overnight oats in a jar? Drop me a line to let me know how it went!
Oats in a Jar with Berries
- 1/4 cup Rolled Oats I used Bob's Red Mill Whole Grain
- 1/3 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk I used Califia Farms
- 1/4 cup Greek Yogurt I used Fage 0%
- 1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 tbsp Raspberry Jam or jelly I used Polaner Fruit Spread
- 1/2 cup Frozen Raspberries I used Wymans
- 1 tbsp Flax Meal I used Bob's Red Mill
- Add all ingredients except frozen raspberries to jar or container. Shake contents vigorously until contents are mixed well. Remove cap and add frozen raspberries. Replace cap and do not shake. Refrigerate overnight. Top with walnuts if desired.
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