Better than I expected

Today I had my annual physical exam, which includes fasting blood work – and I don’t do fasting well, so I wanted to bring along something to eat right after the vampires were done. Not knowing how long my appointment would be, and wanting to stick to my relatively healthy diet plans, I decided to give overnight fridge oatmeal a try.

I’m sure you’ve heard of this – you mix rolled oats, yogurt, and milk in a jar and leave it in the fridge overnight and then eat it cold, often with fruit or nuts added. I admit to having very low expectations of this concoction. Cold oatmeal? BLECH! I was desperate, though; and it was either this or a fatty sausage muffin…

Color me surprised, because the fridge oatmeal was much, much better than I expected. It was also easily portable, nutritious, rather filling, contains no added sugar, and fit well within my allotted calories for breakfast.

I put a jar together last night and didn’t think to take pictures – but a quick Google search brought up a series that is almost identical to what mine looked like (I even used the same jelly jars & white plastic lid), so here:

photo from cafemom.com

photo from cafemom.com

My ‘recipe’ consisted of: 1/4 cup organic rolled oats, 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/4 cup vanilla yogurt, 1 tsp chia seeds, and 1/4 cup mango chunks. Total calories = 226! The pic above shows adding a flavor extract, but I didn’t do that.

By morning it filled the jelly jar and was surprisingly smooth and creamy (but not slimy). The mango chunks added just the right amount of flavor and sweetness without needing honey or sugar. I have lots of frozen fruit & berries in the freezer, and certainly plan on making this again. Check out cafemom.com for some great flavor blends.

Advertisements

About wonkydonkey

You want random? You got it. Mostly knitting and gardening, with some home improvements, pets, baking, family, and the occasional bad joke thrown in for good measure. This blog is mine; it is a place where I can insist upon proper grammar or break my own rules and degrade into slang on a whim. Either way, it's still mine. I love the Internet.
This entry was posted in Health & Wellness, Recipes. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s