I’ve recently discovered a craze that’s – granted – been going on for a while already, but I’ve never been one to pride myself on being particularly hip with the hip. At least not when it comes to the latest instagrammable food trend.
But, I recently tried out the overnight oats thing, and I think this trend might turn into a favourite breakfast item of mine.
According to the Internet there’s about a million ways to make these. The idea is to layer oats with a ‘wet’ item of your choice – apparently anything goes, as long as you make them 50/50 – half oats, half milk, yoghurt, etc. and then layer the two base ingredients in a bowl or glass (for instagrammable results, nothing less than a jar will do though, remember that!)
I personally really like almond milk with the oats. I make them in the evening after dinner, and put the mixture in the fridge overnight. In the morning it’s all ready to go – just add honey, nuts, fruits, banana, peanut butter, or anything else you fancy. Pretty easy, healthy, and nice! I’ll be trying out coconut milk next I think, with a dash of honey and a few almonds – bet that’ll be pretty nice!
It’s also good for you – oats are full of fibre, which helps lower cholesterol, they contain unique oat antioxidants which reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, prevent heart failure, enhance immune responses to infection, and stabilises blood sugar – keeping you fuller for longer, which ain’t bad either. You can read much more about the benefits here
Since it’s January and the most popular month for implementing healthier lifestyles, here’s an easy one for you. It doesn’t take much commitment, is over in about 2 seconds, and makes you feel healthy. What’s not to like?
4 organic lemons (you don’t want any of the nasty stuff – definitely get organic ones)
200g of fresh ginger
2 tablespoons of honey
2 litres of water
Chop the lemon and gingers into chunks, and and combine everything in a pan. Bring to boil, and then let the whole thing simmer for 45min-an hour. And voila! Take a shot of this every day, first thing in the morning, and I promise you’ll feel more awake than any coffee could ever make you. According to Deliciously Ella, the ginger is soothing for the digestive system, and the lemon is great for the immune system and for alkalising – It’ll definitely give you a boost! And, because you get to take this in a shot glass you’ll feel like a bit of a badass from the start of the day. It’s win-win really.
(apologies for the not so inspiring images – Not easy in a winter-dark kitchen)