If there’s one thing that makes my morning happy, it’s a delicious bowl of oatmeal to get the day started. If you’re anything like me though, having the time each morning to make that delicious bowl of oatmeal is often hard to come by. So how to make a happy morning even happier? Have that bowl of oatmeal already made, ready to be eaten by my busy, hungry self! I have to be honest, I was a little skeptical of the ONOs (overnight oats) craze, until a friend insisted I try them (thanks friend – you know who you are). I wasn’t sure how I truly felt about a cold bowl of oatmeal, but in all honesty, I was over it after the first bite. Convenience and deliciousness aside, the health benefits of this little whole grain can make more than just a happy morning! 🙂
First of all, research shows that those who eat more whole grains (such as oats) tend to have a lower risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and digestive issues! If that isn’t reason enough to try ALL of my recipes, I’ll give you more!
Oats provide a source of soluble fibre, which is important in controlling blood sugar levels and improving blood cholesterol. Oats are also a good source of iron, an important mineral that helps to carry oxygen in your bloodstream. If you need it, there’s still more!
Because oats are a source of soluble fibre, they will keep you fuller for longer by slowing down the digestion of carbohydrates. This will give you a good start to your day, by providing you a steady source of energy for your body and brain!
So because oats are so amazingly extraordinary, I’ve decided to fill your week with five delicious (and yes, nutritious) ONO recipes so that you can experience a week full of happy mornings. Each night (starting tonight), I will post an ONO recipe for you to try. All you need to do is set aside a few minutes that night to put the oats together, and in the morning, enjoy!
Without giving it all away, here’s a sneak peak of the ingredients you will need for the week ahead:
- Oats (possibly a given, but you never know)
- Almond milk and Coconut milk (you could choose just one, but this will change the flavours of each recipe)
- Peanut butter (yes please!)
- Strawberries, bananas, raspberries, blueberries (I’ve used fresh, but frozen will work as well)
- Unsweetened, shredded coconut
- Ground flax
- Chia seeds
- Maple syrup
- Cocoa powder
- Dark or unsweetened chocolate (optional, but who are we kidding)
- Coconut whipped cream (again, optional, but really?!)
- Mason jar (optional – really, any container will suffice!)
I can’t wait to share these recipes! I’ve had fun coming up with such delicious combos, and my husband has thoroughly enjoyed being a test subject/taster!
Stay tuned for the first recipe to be posted later on this evening. Trust me, this is one you don’t want to miss!
References: EatRight Ontario, Dietitians of Canada