I am a huge fan of oatmeal in the morning. It is a quick and easy meal to prepare, especially if you are using quick oats and/or an overnight oats method. In this case I was strapped for time, so I used quick oats and everything was ready in about 15 minutes.
You could definitely do this as an overnight oats recipe, I would switch out all of the quick oats with regular rolled oats and combine everything in a large bowl or mason jar in the fridge overnight. I personally can't think of a quicker grab and go option than that!
Some of the nutritional superstars I elected to use in this recipe are as follows:
Hemp Seeds: I love hemp seeds as they are high in essential fatty acids and are one of the few alkaline seeds out there. Rich in protein, they help you stay full longer.
Chia Seeds: Also rich in essential fatty acids, chia seeds also take on a mucilaginous (aka "gooey") quality when soaked, helping to clear out your digestive tract and slow down the passage of food to help with nutrient absorption (which is especially helpful if you happen to have a fast transit time!)
Oats: High in a specific kind of fibre known as beta glucan, oats can be helpful with regards to blood sugar and cholesterol levels, as indicated here.
Blueberries: Incredibly high in antioxidants, blueberries are superstars when it comes to health and wellness. These can be switched out for any fresh, ripe berries you might have on hand - although I find the combination of lemon and blueberries is pretty awesome!
Blueberry Lemon Oats
1/2 cup hemp seeds
Juice and zest of 1/2 an organic lemon
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla bean powder (or extract)
Filtered water to make up 3 cups
1/3 cup chia seeds
2 cups gluten free quick oats (I love the Only Oats brand)
1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
Combine milk ingredients in a high speed blender and process until smooth.
Combine chia seeds, oats and blueberries in a large bowl, add milk blend and stir to combine.
Let this mixture sit for at least 15 minutes, or until chia seeds have plumped up and oats are soft.
As mentioned above, this can be prepared as an overnight oats recipe, using rolled oats in place of quick oats. I like to combine everything in a large mason jar and stick it in the fridge overnight.
What is your favourite oatmeal recipe, and what are some of your favourite add-on ingredients?