On-The-Go Breakfast Part 1: Overnight Oats
I can't tell you enough, breakfast is so important for fuelling your brain function - with studies showing improved concentration, alertness and ability to learn. Even if it's a small snack, starting the day off with something will help you focus, and stop you reaching for another coffee or a sugar hit mid-morning.
I'm bringing you 3 easy, on-the go breakfast ideas when you need to get on with things fast. Give this recipe a go and see if you notice the difference, if you can't stomach a big breakfast first thing, make a smaller portion or save it for when hunger pains strike later in the morning.
Overnight oats are a complete life-saver for busy mornings and breakfasts al-desko. I usually make up a couple of these at a time to keep in the fridge to grab on the go in the morning, meaning even when I’m busy I can have a filling and nutritious breakfast to fuel my day, not to mention it tastes delicious. The oats give you a great slow-releasing energy boost, and the protein from the yoghurt will keep you full for hours. Adding chia seeds and topping with fruit even means you get one of your 5-a-day, and a good dose of fibre and healthy fats.
One of the great things about this is that it’s so flexible, so once you’ve got the basic recipe you can change the consistency and flavours to suit your mood.
Makes 1 serving
• 70g porridge oats
• 150ml milk (I use organic whole milk, but any dairy/alternative milk would work)
• 150g Greek Yoghurt
• 1tsp chia seeds (optional)
• Fruit for topping (fresh or frozen berries, banana, figs, mango – whatever you fancy!)
Pour your oats into a Tupperware (or jar, or any seal-able container is fine), then measure out and add in the milk and chia seeds if using. Stir to combine everything together, before mixing in the Greek yoghurt so you have a fairly thick mixture. Seal your container then pop in the fridge overnight, or at least for a few hours to thicken up. In the morning you can simply top with the fruit of your choice and go.
I like my overnight oats to be super thick, but if you prefer a runnier consistency just use some extra milk. Other delicious topping ideas are nut butter, seeds, honey or a sprinkling of granola or dark chocolate for something a bit more indulgent!