I’m wanting to write this post on the importance of eating a healthy breakfast, and I will. Good nutrition is important especially if you’re still drinking or newly sober but a healthy breakfast will only get you so far if you’re still ingesting poison, so please stop! I’ve found no “third door” where you can drink or use with no consequences. Believe me, I’ve tried! If you need resources to help you quit, and support you on the journey, go to the “Things I Love” page on this site.
So public service announcement done, and personal plea communicated, should we talk about overnight oats? This is the easiest healthy breakfast you can manage. It’s not even so much a recipe as a suggestion. Basically you put rolled oats in a jar and cover it with your favorite milk, and leave it in the fridge for at least two hours, eight is even better. It’s simple to create a bowl of oats that has an al dente texture and a perfect balance of fats, carbs and protein to keep you satisfied, and your blood sugar balanced.
There are hundreds of combinations, keeping in mind a blend of colors, flavors and textures. You can add protein powder, collagen powder, nut butter or peanut butter powder for more protein. Nuts and seeds for additional protein and healthy fat, and fresh or dried fruit for anti oxidant and anti inflammatory phytonutrients. I serve mine with additional fresh fruit and top with something crunchy like nuts or my buckwheat granola.
I’m on no sugar or added sweeteners this month, so I’ve not added them to this recipe, but you certainly can. However, I’ve found this to be a great healthy snack to beat sugar cravings. The sweetness of the fruit combined with the fiber, protein and fat from the oatmeal and added nuts and seeds will satisfy your sweet tooth, without your blood sugar take you on a roller coaster ride of hunger and craving!
- 1 cup rolled oats (not steel cut or instant)
- 1 scoop protein powder or collagen powder,
- ¼ cup fresh or dried fruit
- 2 TBL nuts and/or seeds
- 1 TBL nut butter or peanut butter powder
- 1 cup or more milk to cover (dairy or non dairy)
- Place oats in a jar with a lid, or large bowl
- mix in your choice of remaining ingredients
- Pour milk over to cover by ¼ inch
- Cover with lid or plastic wrap and place in refrigerator
- Let sit for at least 2 hours and up to 12
- Enjoy cold or heated in microwave with extra milk and top with more fresh fruit, nuts, and granola.