Yesterday I had a cold, today its gone! Previously colds hung around for weeks making me feel completely devoid of energy and motivation and going through boxes of tissues at an alarming rate. Now it seems a good bowl of these superfood chocolate overnight oats and lots of water and I’m all good!
Now I know I’m repeating myself here and I wrote about this in the last newsletter BUT breakfast is so important since our lives are so frenetically busy its often the only meal we have until dinner. So you want some good energy and immune system boosting nutrients to get you bouncing through the day like Tigger and flicking the Vs at pesky viruses! AND I know you want quick and easy because thats what you’ve been telling me!
Oats are such a good healthy breakfast option AND they taste great and fill you up! Add raw cacao and chia seeds and you have superfood chocolate oats! You can choose whether you prefer hot or cold oats. The recipe is pretty similar either way but the beauty of overnight oats is there’s no cooking, no sticky pan to wash, just throw everything together, give it a stir, leave those oats in the fridge overnight doing their thing, getting all creamy and delicious and in the morning either eat them before you go out to work or take them with you for later if you don’t like eating first thing.
So whats so good about these superfood chocolate overnight oats I hear you ask. A whole ton of things!
There’s protein, fibre, cholesterol lowering omega 3 fatty acids, iron, calcium, vitamins C,K and E and a heap of antioxidants from the raspberries, you definately want these, antioxidants are going to stop the oxidisation of molecules in the body which left to their own devices cause a whole range of illnesses and diseases, they are immune system boosting, protect the skin from premature ageing and cancers, neutralise and remove free radicals from the bloodstream and provide protection from eye problems, memory problems and mood disorders. Phew!
But wait theres more! Raw cacao is the highest plant based source of iron, is full of magnesium, has more calcium than cows milk AND has 40 times the antioxidants than berries… say what?! uh huh thats right … BOOM now you got a rocket in your socket! Oh yes and it also works as a mood elevator and anti-depressant. (More about raw cacao in this article here. Don’t get your cocoa confused with cacao. Not the same thing!) Nut butter is another good source of energy and healthy fats, its high in fibre and protein, contains selenium, magnesium and reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Cinnamon is another high source of antioxidants, use it liberally as much as possible, often you can throw a teaspoon into dishes (sweet or savoury) and not even taste it but its in there doing all this good stuff for you, its anti-inflammatory, protects heart health, fights diabetes and may even lower cancer risk.
Still with me? Congratulations! And hopefully now you understand my obsession with breakfast and particularly oaty ones because they’re quick, easy, filling and you can throw so much other good stuff in with them and it all just works together, tastes delish and puts some zing in your spring.
Going vegan has made me think alot more about the balance of nutrients in the food I’m eating and this vegan breakfast just gets so many good nutrients in it makes it very easy to just think about a simple dinner containing some grains, beans and greens to top things up later.
Theres a great and short video here to give you an idea of how to get your daily nutrients covered without getting your knickers in a twist or your panties in a bunch and even provides a checklist to use, available as a very simple app which is great. Have a little look and see how many checks these superfood chocolate overnight oats cover, I count 5, add some other fruits and you can ramp that up to 6 or 7. Not bad for a 5 minute throw together!
Superfood Chocolate Overnight Oats
These are typically made in the evening and left overnight in the fridge for breakfast next morning BUT if you forgot don't worry, just make them in the morning and leave chilling for an hour for a quick version. The overnight version will be creamier though.
- 30 g oats
- 4 tbsp non-dairy yoghurt, I use alpro heaped!
- 1 tbsp ground flaxmeal or chia seeds
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp raw cacao
- 1 tbsp syrup of choice, I used date optional
- 1 tbsp almond or cashew butter
- 100 ml non-dairy milk of choice or as much or as little as you like to get the right consistency
- 1 handful frozen or fresh raspberries or any berries you like
Use the dish or jar you will be eating from to mix everything except for the berries together.
Add the berries in at the end and stir gently.
Cover and leave in the fridge overnight and enjoy next morning for breakfast!