Happy almost Hump Day! Hope everyone survived the Super Bowl and all of the madness that went along with the game. Personally, I ate a bunch of chips, queso, cookie cake, wings, and a slider or two and played lots of Cards Against Humanity because the game wasn’t even worth watching. My body is STILL trying to recover from the fact that I stuffed so much crap into it on Sunday — I literally woke up drenched in sweat last night and was really sluggish yesterday — but I’m starting to feel better. It’s crazy how my body reacts to low-quality food these days, but it just gives me even more reason to make healthy choices in what I eat, so I’m NOT complaining at all. :o)
In honor of high-carb day (Tuesdays and Thursdays are leg day for me, and I’ve been doubling up on my workouts for the past couple of weeks), I’ve decided to post what might be my new favorite breakfast item. If you guys haven’t tried overnight oats, your life is not complete. You assemble everything the night before, throw them in your fridge overnight, and breakfast is ready to go when you wake up and grab a spoon in the morning.
I don’t understand people who skip breakfast. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s probably my favorite meal. I used to skip breakfast on a regular basis, but these days, I can’t go without it — and it has to be delicious. On days where I train HARD (like today), I eat a bigger breakfast and more carbohydrates overall to give my body a little more fuel. In addition to the usual bacon and egg combo, I throw these “proats” in the breakfast mix.
There are tons and tons of overnight oat recipes out there — strawberry cheesecake, chocolate peanut butter, double chocolate, etc. — the list is endless, and I’ve tried quite a few, but the combination of cinnamon and peanut butter might be the best variation out there. I was a little apprehensive about this when I threw it together, but it turned out amazingly.
Cinnamon Peanut Butter Overnight “Proats”
Nutritional Overview (per 1 cup serving)
Cook time: 5 minutes + overnight (5min active, refrigerate overnight)
- 1/2 cup rolled oats (dry measure)
- 20g vanilla protein powder (I used a little less than 1/2 scoop Cellucor; BioTrust users should use 1 scoop)
- 2 tbsp non-fat plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 3 drops Cinnamon Vanilla Better Stevia (cheaper to buy this online, but I got mine at Natrual Grocers)
- Combine all ingredients in a mason jar and stir well. I recommend layering it like a parfait to get an even distribution, starting with 1 tbsp of Greek yogurt and alternating dry and wet ingredients. (Makes mixing WAY easier)
- Put your lid on your mason jar and place it in your fridge overnight
- Roll out of bed and engulf your delicious oats for breakfast the following morning. (I eat mine cold.)
Cold oats might sound weird, but I promise you — they’re delicious. Plus, they’re the easiest breakfast EVER. You can’t beat simplicity combined with peanut butter in the morning.
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