A new thing that we have incorporated into our day recently is ending our evenings with a quick chat about what our meals will look like the next day. It is specifically so that we can keep on track of eating healthy and use up anything in the fridge that will soon expire. It also helps us feel way more prepared for the next day. There is something about waking up in the morning and having our meals already figured out. Making breakfast the night before is the cherry on top. We have been making these overnight oats with protein a lot recently. They are truly one of our favorite breakfasts.
Speaking of routines, I have always loved them, but not as much as now. I’m not sure what changed. Maybe it happened when we started focusing on getting enough sleep and forcing ourselves to go to bed at 10pm. Our routines kind of evolved from there. We used to stay up until whenever we wanted and sleep in until whenever we woke up. Bed time is now at 10pm and we are up and at ’em by 6am. I am not one who requires a full 8 hours of sleep so I am usually up between 5-5:30. So once we incorporated our sleep routine, more routines followed.
I LOVE oatmeal, but I typically have a sugar crash about two hours after I eat it. I do not like that feeling. I saw someone over on TikTok share a version of this overnight oats recipe. It looked so good that I wanted to try it. However, I tweaked this and added my own ingredients to better fit us. I added protein powder to this and no more crash. In fact, it will take me all the way to lunch.
3/4 cup old fashioned oatmeal – We use gluten free.
1 cup of milk – We use almond milk.
1 T Chia Seeds
2 scoops of vanilla protein powder – We use this brand.
Maple syrup – quantity depends on your taste buds
Pinch of salt
Refrigerate the above overnight. The next day, add any toppings you want. For ours, I mixed 2 T of PB2 peanut butter and 2T of water and drizzled that over the top. You can use regular peanut butter, but I was watching calories. I added a handful of blueberries, a few slivered almonds, and drizzled it with more maple syrup.
It was delicious!
Let me know if you try it and also what toppings you add.
I truly love waking up and having breakfast already made. Especially when it tastes like I am eating dessert for breakfast.