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:
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.