I recently read this article titled Busy Is the New Fine, discussing the new default answer to the age old question “how are you doing?” I kind of assume that in the past, people were also “busy” but we are in a time where multitasking is the norm and we except more and more of our time both in our business and personal lives. The story includes a few time management techniques I really like because like many other articles I’ve read it didn’t focus on some new app, calendar, or business book; he laid out ideas that are more in the vein of self care. I particularly like “Remember Wellness” and “Schedule Time to be Creative”. My IIN Health Coaching program spends a significant amount of time on the importance of self care and leaving time for yourself and your creativity as a part of your whole health picture.
Scheduling time for a delicious home cooked meal should also be more of a priority in peoples lives. Home cooked meals tend to be healthier and typically include less salt, sugar and oil than restaurant food. I think during the week breakfast ends up low on the list of meals to eat at home and some days you just aren’t able to schedule in the extra time. When you have a full day ahead of you grabbing an oatmeal or smoothie from the local shop may seem like the healthiest and most efficient option, but I have a better idea!
With just a few minutes in the evening you can have a lovely, hearty, filling and healthy breakfast ready and waiting for you in the fridge the next morning. Introducing Chocolate Protein Overnight Oats! Overnight Oats are such an easy way to have a quick, easy and homemade breakfast and they are way tastier than oatmeal from the coffee shop. You’ll also save money making your oats at home. This recipe is for chocolate overnight oats but they are easily customizable and you will likely see more variations in the future.
I’ve used my current favorite protein powder Orgain. I’m not a fan of soy or whey based protein powders as I believe they both had their downsides health wise. Orgain is a delicious plant based powder composed of brown rice, hemp, chia and pea proteins. It is sweetened with stevia and monkfruit but you can’t taste the stevia like I’ve found in several other brands. It’s also pretty affordable at about $30 for 27 servings. I find this lasts me a month or more because 1. I tend to only use one scoop per serving (2 scoops is a full serving according to the package) and 2. I don’t use it daily. All that said this isn’t a sponsored post, I just like this brand, and you could use another brand and just adjust the liquid as needed.
Make the base of this delicious breakfast the night before and then top it with whatever your heart desires before gobbling it up. I topped mine with peanut butter, cacao nibs and cinnamon powder but chopped nuts, jam or jelly, fresh fruit or anything else you can think of would be wonderful as well! This is also a mason jar friendly recipe, so you can grab and go!
- ⅓ cup gluten free oats
- 1¼ cup or more as needed unsweetened non dairy milk, I used Almond
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
- 1 banana, peeled and smashed
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional if you used a vanilla variety of milk)
- optional toppings: nut butter, cacao nibs, cinnamon, chopped nuts, jam, jelly, fruit, etc
- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl or mason jar and place in fridge over night.
- In the morning remove and add toppings as desired.