Thursday, May 2, 2013

No Cook Refrigerator Oatmeal Cups

If you haven't heard, chia seed is probably the one food you should be eating that you're not. Don't let their size fool you because these tiny seeds are so nutritiously packed that they were reverend by the Aztecs and Mayans; because the seeds were believed to be magical for their ability to increase stamina and endurance over long periods of time. Read more about them here.

Oh my goodness is this good! It is so good it inspired me to end my blogging hiatus to tell you about it. These overnight oatmeal cups or so easy, so yummy and so very nutritious, it is seriously a slam dunk for busy people. All you need are a handful of ingredients, half-pint mason jars and you have a ready-to-go breakfast or anytime cup that is not just delicious but high in protein, rich in calcium, fiber and antioxidants. 

Ingredients: Serves 1

1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant, quick or steel-cut)
1/3 cup milk, almond or coconut milk
1/4 plain Greek yogurt
1-1/2 tsp Chia Seed
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp strawberry jam
1/4 chopped strawberries (enough to fill jar)

Add ingredients into mason jars in the order listed above except for fruit. Screw lid on and shake vigorously until it appears most ingredients are mixed. Screw off lid, layer fruit on top, put lid back on and put into the refrigerator until morning.

Nutritional information:  247 calories, 5g fat, 4g fiber, 9g protein, sugar 2g
To cut calories/ fat, reduce milk and use non-fat Greek yogurt instead. In my next batch I will choose to use less sweetener as it was a tad too sweet for my preference. I suggest only making enough for two or three days as I think separation may be a factor.

If you love nuts, wait until you are ready to enjoy before adding them.

The above recipe is my own but there are many to be found at The Yummy Life.


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