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It is always hard when having kids to get to school and for yourself to get to work to have a nutritious breakfast so you can conquer the day. I decided since I have a lot of mason jars, why not start doing some overnight oats.
I started making 2 or 3 jars on Sunday and then doing the same thing on Wednesday. It takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and 2 minutes to warm up if you should wish. Then enjoy!
After making a few different combinations like blueberry, mixed berry, and blackberry, I decided it was time to branch out a little more, so here is some information and more recipe ideas for Overnight Oats.
Are Oats healthy?
Yes, they are rich in several nutrients like fiber, carbohydrates, plant-based protein, and B vitamins. It makes for a nutritious meal for your gut, heart, and brain health. Also, I found that overnight oats contain a good amount of iron, which helps in keeping muscles healthy.
What are the Benefits of Oats?
1. Consuming Daily Can Boost Your Fiber Intake
Dietary fiber plays a role in all body processes. Most people with a low fiber diet often experience digestive problems such as stomach pain, acid reflux, constipation, and much more. It even disrupts blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Oats contain soluble fiber, which helps reduce blood pressure by unclogging the intestinal tract. It binds with LDL cholesterol in the body to soften arteries for better blood circulation. It decreases high cholesterol levels and lowers your chances of developing heart diseases. (1)
2. Can Help Reduce Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a common condition characterized by abnormal blood sugar and insulin levels. People who consume proper amounts of plant-based proteins, present in overnight oats, are at a lower risk of developing this condition, studies suggest.
For vegetarians, plant-based proteins offer incredible anti-diabetic properties. The study conducted on men with a high and low plant protein diet. Those who incorporated the right amounts of protein in their active lifestyle with 35% less likely to be diabetic. (2)
3. The B Vitamins Present Can Boost Brain Function
Several studies suggest that B vitamins may enhance brain function. For this reason, overnight oats are often consumed by children and adults for healthy living.
One study showed a B vitamin deficiency in the body can cause major cognitive disorders. The research conducted on mice with evidence of cerebral vascular changes and cognitive impairment due to a low B vitamin intake. This further impaired learning and memory skills. (3)
4. Are Good Sources of Biotin Which Accelerates Hair Growth
According to a study, an increase in biotin intake in women showed a significant reduction in hair thinning and dryness. A clinical trial focusing on biotin consumption proved that a regular biotin intake could treat hair loss and thinning effectively.
This study also established that biotin is an essential enzyme to treat alopecia, which is a severe condition where the immune system destroys healthy hair follicles. Biotin is also responsible for the proper functioning of other hair-promoting enzymes and nutrients in the body. (4)
There are so many more benefits for overnight oats it makes you wonder why you didn’t start consuming them earlier.
How long do Overnight Oats last after being made?
If you use dairy-free milk, your overnight oats will last 5-7 days in the fridge. It means you can make five days’ worth, portion them out into mason jars, and have breakfast for every single day of the workweek in minutes.
What are the Best Jars for Overnight Oats?
I do prefer glass jars as they do not breakdown as plastic does.
30+ Recipes for Overnight Oats:
Berries and other fruit, yogurt, and milk are heavenly combinations. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t create other equally exquisite overnight oats recipes. All you need to do is prepare them a night in advance by mixing it up with whatever you like only to savor every bite the following morning. That’s it!
With Berries Recipes:
- Layered Berry Night Before Oats by Mama Likes to Cook
- Strawberry Vanilla by Love Bakes Good Cakes
- Healthy Maple Overnight Oats with Cranberry by Key to my Lime
- Tasty PB&J Overnight Oats by Savor and Savvy
- Strawberry Banana Overnight Oats with Peanut Butter by The Forked Spoon
- Night Before Blueberry Oats by Gluten-Free Palate
- Strawberry by Sixth Bloom
- Pear and Blueberry by Attachment Mummy
- Strawberry Cheesecake Protein by Hello Spoonful
- Coffee Hazelnut by Dukes and Duchesses
- Coffee Overnight Rolled Oats by Claudia Canu
- Raspberry Mocha French Vanilla by Boulder Locavore
Slow Cooker Recipes:
- Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple by Chelsea at Foodal
As a Dessert:
- Carmel Pumpkin by Snacking and Sneakers
- Pumpkin Spice by Key to my Lime
- Pumpkin Pie Yogurt by The Forked Spoon
- Easy Apple Crisp by Fearless Dining
- Monster Cookie by Zestful Kitchen
- Peanut Butter and Chocolate by The Keto Option
- Carrot Cake Protein by Hello Spoonful
All Other Recipes:
- Banana by Rhian’s Recipes
- Peanut Butter by Rhian’s Recipes
- Chocolate Protein by Strength and Sunshine
- Pumpkin by Natalie’s Health
- Overnight Oats with Banana and Chia Seeds by Healthy Kitchen 101
- Peanut Butter Maca by Natalie’s Health
- Peanut Butter and Banana by Pastry and Beyond
- Chocolate by Gluten-Free Palate
- Peaches and Creamy Pop Shop America
- Creamy Orange Creamsicle By Bad to the Bowl
- Peach Pie by Boulder Locavore
- Apple Cinnamon by Tasting Page
- Coconut Milk Overnight Oatmeal by Ayla Rianne
- Overnight Oats with Almond Milk by Baked with Clo
I hope you enjoy all these different recipes. I know I do and can’t wait to try so many more. If you want other breakfast ideas, click here.