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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

On Oct. 1, I began pulling out all of my sweaters, stocking up on Christmas-scented candles and indulging in pumpkin spice. But, it took just one afternoon run to remind myself that we live in Florida, and we are still far from cool weather. Being the winter-nut that I am and dreading the final weeks of Florida’s seemingly never-ending summer season, I’ve decided to embrace it. How? By bringing back this summer’s go-to breakfast recipe: overnight oats! Rather than opting for a warm oatmeal breakfast just to sweat through my shirt on my walk to school, the cold version is just as good and way more convenient.

So what exactly are “overnight oats?” Basically, it is a cold oatmeal recipe that makes itself overnight. That way, the mornings you oversleep, just hop out of bed, grab your container of delicious overnight oats from the fridge and make it to your 9:35 a.m. class on time – minus the hunger pangs. No waiting for water to boil, no messy pots to clean up… just grab and go!

Ingredients

• ½ cup of old fashioned oat meal (uncooked)

• ½ cup of yogurt (any type, any brand, any flavor)

• Fresh fruit

• *For creamier: ½ cup of milk (any type)

• Optional mix-ins: Peanut Butter, granola, dried fruit, pumpkin, protein powder, chia seeds

• Optional sweeteners: maple syrup, honey, stevia, brown sugar, jam

• Optional spices: cinnamon, ginger

Steps:

• Mix all ingredients in a to-go container

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• Let sit in fridge overnight

• Grab, go and enjoyyyy ☺

Too overwhelming? Check out my fave Overnight Oat recipes below:

Raspberry Refresher

• ½ cup old fashioned oats

• ½ cup of Oikos Vanilla Greek yogurt

• ½ cup of skim milk

• 1 handful of raspberries

• 1 teaspoon drizzled honey

Post-workout Black and Blue

• ½ cup old fashioned oats

• ½ cup non-fat strawberry yogurt

• ½ cup skim milk

• 1 handful blueberries

• 1 scoop vanilla protein powder

Fall Special:

• ½ cup of old fashioned oats

• ½ cup of pumpkin puree

• ½ banana (sliced)

• 1 tablespoon peanut butter

• 1 tablespoon maple syrup

• ½ - 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Oatmeal fun fact: January is celebrated as National Oatmeal month, with Americans consuming more oatmeal during this month than any other part of the year.

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