Blueberry Overnight Oats

Blueberry Overnight Oats

Makes 4 Servings | 8 Hrs. Prep | 0 Min. Cooking

If you are looking for a brain-boosting and satiating quick breakfast idea, look no further - my Blueberry Overnight Oats will fit the bill!

Oats have many health benefits. They are relatively low on the Glycemic Index and contain a good amount of fibre. They also contain ample B vitamins for nervous system health as well as the antioxidants selenium and zinc to help combat damage done by free radicals. As such, they meet the criteria for being a brain-healthy food.

To get the most out of your oats, your best bet is to choose large-flake or steel-cut oats over quick or instant oats. The former are lower on the glycemic index, therefore raise blood sugar levels more gradually. Instant oats are more processed, cause blood sugar levels to rise faster, and are much higher on the glycemic index.

Those with diabetes or who are concerned with their carbohydrate intake should be aware that the amount of carbs found in oatmeal is relatively high - if you are following a ketogenic lifestyle, one bowl will likely blow your carb content for the day. Plus, diabetics concerned with carb intake should not make oats a daily staple but rather enjoy them on occasion.

TIP: The best time to consume high complex carbohydrate foods (like oats) is within 1-3 hours of completing an intense workout. Carbs consumed at this time will be used to refuel your cells and promote repair, rather than being stored as fat.
— Kelly

Another nutritious food in the following recipe is one of my favourites - blueberries!

Not only are blueberries versatile and tasty, but that are considered the king of antioxidants. They boost mood, and have a positive effect on brian function. In fact, all berries work to protect brain cells from oxidative damage and improve memory, learning, and decision making. 

Blueberries also stimulate the formation of new brain cells and lower brain inflammation. As an added bonus, berries may even prevent age-related cognitive decline and help protect against Alzheimer’s! All these reasons make berries, particularly blueberries, one of the best and healthiest brain foods around!

So try something different for breakfast tomorrow with this overnight sensation the whole family will love!

Tools:

  • 4 Single-serving size mason jars

  • Large container with lid

  • Mixing spoon


Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup Gluten-free Oats

  • 1 1/2 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk

  • 2 Tbsp Chia Seeds

  • 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup

  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon 

  • 1/2 cup Water

  • 1 cup Organic Blueberries

  • 1 cup Slivered Almonds

Method:

  1. Combine oats, almond milk, chia seeds, maple syrup, cinnamon and water in a large container. Stir well to mix. Seal and place in the fridge overnight (or for at least 8 hours).

  2. Remove oats from fridge.

  3. Use single-serving size mason jars and place a large spoonful of the oat mix in the bottom of each. Add a layer of blueberries followed by a thin layer of slivered almonds. Repeat with another layer of oats, blueberries, and almonds until all ingredients are used up.

  4. Store in the fridge until ready to eat.

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