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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Morning Magic

Mornings are typically hectic times for busy families.  Many people struggle with eating a good breakfast on the go.  I was looking around on Pinterest the other day and came across a great blog/website called The Yummy Life.  Monica, the creator has some fantastic recipes using oatmeal.  I was intrigued by what she refers to as "refrigerator oatmeal" and decided to give it a try.  This breakfast is made the night before, so in the morning there is nothing to prepare.  I must say, I am now addicted to this oatmeal.  It is especially good in the summer months because you eat it cold!  The flavor possibilities are endless, so be creative! With a few simple ingredients you can wake up to a nutritious breakfast that will keep you going all morning!  

Monica's Refrigerator Oatmeal 



Ingredients:

1 cup mason jar with a tight lid, or other 1 cup container

1/3 cup old fashioned oats (not the quick kind)

1/4 cup plain greek yogurt

1/4 cup milk (can use almond, soy, rice...)

1 tsp chia seeds (these give the oatmeal a great texture and add lots of nutrition!)

fruit of your choice (blueberries, bananas, strawberries, peaches, etc.)

1/2 to 1tsp sweetener of choice (honey, maple syrup, a few drops of stevia)

Directions:

Add oats, yogurt, milk, chia seeds, and sweetener to the mason jar and shake well.  Unscrew the lid and add your fruit of choice.  Cover and shake well again.  Refrigerate overnight and enjoy in the morning!  You can store the mixture for 2 days in the fridge.  A one cup mason jar will make 1 serving.  This is so perfect for a busy morning...grab a spoon and go!