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Quick and Easy Overnight Oats

Breakfast has never been one of my favorite meals.  I remember arguing with my mom, as a teenager, about eating breakfast before going to school.   I hated breakfast.  Then, as a working mom, I never had time for breakfast.  That is a very dangerous habit because when you get hungry you'll grab and eat the fastest and easiest thing you can find.  Too often, those grab-and-go foods are packed with calories and aren't healthy in your diet.  Bad habits are hard to break but if you are like me, this Mixed Berry and Chia Overnight Oats recipe will rock your world.

Mixed Berry and Chia Seed Overnight Oats


Mixed Berry and Chia Overnight Oats
Delicious Overnight Oats with Mixed Berries and Chia Seeds
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I'm loving overnight oats.  This Mixed Berry and Chia Overnight Oats recipe is a make ahead recipe that you can keep in your refrigerator for the whole week.  I like to make my overnight oats in a plastic storage bowl that I can scoop servings from as I need them.  If you want your overnight oats to be ready-to-go, you'll want to have plastic or glass containers with tightly fitting lids in one or two cup sizes.  Wide-mouthed mason jars are a really great option.  They are fun and easy to use.  I actually prefer plastic containers with a locking lid because they are lightweight and unbreakable.

Overnight oats are a smart solution for busy families, but just think how great this Mixed Berry and Chia Overnight Oats would be for an easy, tasty breakfast for overnight guests.  You can have a bowl of oats prepared and ready to go in your fridge.  Just set out additional toppings like blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, chopped almonds, or chopped walnuts for everyone to customize their oats. So fun and easy!
Mixed Berry and Chia Seeds Overnight Oats

Now let's talk about the nutrition you'll get from these overnight oats.  To start, there are 258 calories per generous serving in the basic oats mixture. When you add one cup of blueberries and one cup of strawberries the calories increase to 290 per serving.  Adding 1/3 cup of chopped nuts will add approximately 50 calories per serving, so you'll need to decide if you want to add them.

Overnight Oats Nutrition Information
Overnight Oats Nutritional Info
This overnight oats recipe is easily adapted to your favorite flavors.  Change out the fruit preserves in the basic recipe and then complement the flavor with your favorite fruits.  Yumminess for days!

Mixed Berries and Chia Overnight Oats

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Serves Four

Basic Overnight Oats

Make ahead overnight oats is easy with these healthy ingredients.
Make Ahead Overnight Oats with Healthy Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • one cup non-fat Greek plain yogurt
  • 1-1/2 cups unsweetened, plain almond milk (30 calories per serving)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup blueberry preserves (50 calories per Tbs.)

Add-Ins

  • one cup fresh blueberries
  • one cup chopped strawberries
  • 1/3 cup chopped almonds
Directions
Mix together the rolled oats, yogurt, almond milk, vanilla extract, chia seeds, and blueberry preserves in a medium bowl until well combined.  Mix in the add-ins of your choice.  Cover the bowl and refrigerate overnight.  Serve with additional toppings as desired.  Serves four. 

You'll find other recipes for overnight oats as well as other breakfast ideas on my Breakfast Pinterest Board.


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