How To Make Overnight Oats

I am absolutely obsessed with overnight oats at the moment.

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I tend to go through breakfast phases where I’ll consistently eat one thing until all of a sudden I change it up, and that previous item doesn’t make it back into the rotation for a loonnnnng while. It’s not that I get sick of that breakfast item, I just become infatuated with one of the many other options there are to try! Gotta love breakfast food 🙂

Right, so overnight oats. Honestly, I don’t even measure out the ingredients anymore. I scoop a bunch of yogurt into a plastic container, grab a handful of outs right out of the bag or jar, sprinkle dump in some chia seeds, and finally pour in a generous amount of milk before stirring all of the ingredients together.

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It’s not rocket science 😀

However, if it’s your first time making overnight oats, you might want a few numbers and measurements in there to make put your mind at ease. (Because it’s just so stressful making breakfast…).

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Overnight Oats

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup-1 cup Greek yogurt (can use flavoured)
  • 1.5 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 2/3 cup milk (regular or Almond milk)
  • Optional but highly recommended: frozen or fresh fruit (mango, peaches, blueberries, strawberries, banana)
  • Optional: if you didn’t use flavoured Greek yogurt, you might want to add a Tbsp of sweetener, such as maple syrup or honey

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir until well mixed. Mixture should be left runny, as the chia seeds will cause it to thicken overnight.
  • Cover and set in fridge for at least 30 minutes, or up to overnight.
  • Remove from fridge and top with fruit, nut butter, seeds, or other yummy things!
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The oats should be runny like this before being put in the fridge to set.

Biking in the rain = Substitute for a shower?

As you can tell from the title of this post, I had a rather damp ride on my bike today. Luckily, it was on the way home from the squash club, not on the way there!

Anywho lots of fun and yummy things to report on, so let’s start from the beginning!

Woke up at 7:45 am and groggily put together my current go-to breakfast: frozen banana, yogurt, chia seeds, and peanut butter.

 

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da breakfast bowl

I am absolutely loving frozen bananas lately. And by lately, I mean the past 2 years maybe? I used to just use them in banana bread and smoothies, but soon realized that they are so much creamier than non-frozen bananas! I don’t think I’ll ever be able to go back to normal bananas.

As I ate my breakfast, I downloaded a few new songs to modify one of my spin playlists for this morning’s 9:15 am class at the squash club. I love how just a couple new songs can amp up an old playlist, and make you excited for a workout!

New songs that were added to today’s playlist were Red Shag Carpet by Current Swell (an indie-type local band from Victoria!!), You and I by Anjulie, and Love Runs Out by OneRepublic.

I always find Saturday morning spin classes are hard, but two things today (besides my breakfast) helped me get through it: 1)I biked down to the club, so by the time I got there my mind and body were ready to go, and 2) I was teaching today! Still, the workout that we completed this morning was a doozie:

  • 6ish minute warm-up
  • 5x 80/90/100 (:30 @ 80% effort, :30 @ 90%, :30 @ 100, :30 second break)
  • 3x (2:00 @ 90%, 1:00 break, 1:00 @ 100%, 1:00 break) ← This one was so hard!!!
  • A few sets of (:30 @ 85%, :15 @ 90%, :15 @ 95%, :15 Sprint against resistance)
  • Group sprints of :15 (Front row vs back row), when not sprinting, 80% out of the saddle with the beat
  • Cool down

After a couple stretches, I made a quick wardrobe change into dry and clean clothes, and headed to the courts to play squash! I played for about an hour and a half, and was really fading towards the end. My body needed a break and food. Enter…Parsonage Cafe!!!

I ordered the same thing as yesterday: Lox and Cream Cheese sandwich on toasted whole wheat, and an Americano

 

Sandwich goodness
Sandwich goodness
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Much needed coffee

I was pretty dehydrated, so along with my Americano I polished off an entire bottle of water. (Instead of jugs, the Parsonage supplies these cute glass bottles, which goes perfectly with their rustic, hipster theme!)

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I also had a few bites of my mom’s buttermilk blueberry muffin, which was d-e-l-icious.

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Blueberry muffin minus a few bites I’d already stolen

My mom and I sat and chatted for about an hour before I headed back over to the club to play another game against my friend, Murray. I thought I’d be dead on court after my busy morning, but my food and chill-time rejuvenated me and we had a really fun time!

The next part isn’t so fun.

I biked home in the rain.

But, I survived, took an actual shower, and now my butt is happily planted on the couch and I don’t foresee it moving anywhere until dinner time!