wellness by Jacs T. Sampayan

This easy-to-make dish is perfect for on-the-go mornings

Here are four of our favorite overnight oats recipes.

Muesli has been around since the 1900s, since the Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Benner introduced it to his patients as “the dish,” one that could help them on the road to recovery. Its popularity soared back in the 1960s, as westerners clamored for health conscious food.

This technique is enjoying a renaissance of late as “overnight oats,” a meal that can be prepared the night before and then grabbed from the fridge in the morning. Its appeal is obvious to the busy city dweller: it’s easy to prepare, filling, nutritious, and can be customized to your liking.

To answer this growing interest, Quaker Oats recently launched the Overnight Breakfast Club, composed of Joyce Pring, Wil Dasovich, Patti Grandidge, and Lauren Young, who all talked about their love for this convenient meal. These dishes are “not only easy, but a really convenient healthy breakfast option. It’s high in fiber, source of protein, vitamins and minerals that would give you the energy to start the day and keep you going,” says Anne Remulla-Canda, the brand’s marketing manager for nutrition.

“I think it’s finding what’s convenient for you, and what you really like,” Young adds. “You can always experiment. Find what works for you, and stick to what you love.”

Here are some of our favorite recipes:

berry-overnight-oatsBERRY OVERNIGHT OATS
½ uncooked oats
½ cup non-fat plain greek yoghurt
½ cup non-fat milk
1 cup fresh mixed berries and fruits
1 tsp Chia Seeds

Place in container in order of listing. Cover. Refrigerate overnight.

“If you don’t have chia seeds, you can use flax seeds. Because it’s got your Omega-3, which is really important,” Dasovich advises.

½ cup uncooked oats
¼ tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsbp greek yoghurt
½ cup low fat milk
2 tsp honey
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
½ tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp walnuts, chopped
1 ½ pcs ripe bananas, sliced, and divided

Place in container in order of listing. Cover. Refrigerate overnight.

“I first made overnight oats a year ago. But I just really got into it. It’s the perfect time to get started too since so many fruits are in season,” Grandidge shares.

½ cup uncooked oats
1/3 cup low fat yoghurt
¼ cup low fat milk
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp honey
½ cup mangoes, diced
1/8 tsp almond extract

Place in container in order of listing. Cover. Refrigerate overnight.

“What I really love about overnight oats is the texture,” relates Pring. “You get the softness of the mangoes with the crunch of the oats.”

smores-overnightS’MORES OVERNIGHT OATS
½ cup uncooked oats
½ cup low fat milk
1 pc Graham crackers
1 tbsp marshmallows
1 tbsp mini chocolate chips

Place in container in order of listing. Cover. Refrigerate overnight.

““All you need to know are three steps: (1) place the oats in the jar, (2) soak oats in milk, and (3) add your toppers. That’s it!” Young explains.

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Jacs T. Sampayan
He's the current Editor of the The Neighborhood, Managing Editor for Rogue, and an editorial consultant for a top public relations firm. In his spare time, he helps run a volleyball training camp, hosts trivia nights, channels all sorts of drama into whacking a tennis ball, walks along major highways to surpass his FitBit goals, and sleeps as little as possible. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @jacs_do_it.
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