Saturday, May 09, 2015

Overnight Oats

Hello Blog Readers!  Well, I knew that this semester was going to be a challenge, and it is! I'm ok... I'm ok.... O_O

At the moment I'm working on: a literature review for osteoarthritis as a metabolic disease (interesting!), a couple of fact sheets on IBD (very interesting!), and an essay regarding bioactive compounds in milk that make you sleepy (well, that's .. something I've not thought about before).

And then.. exams!

But, rather than not blog at all, I thought I'd do a few short foodie posts for meal inspirations.

Here is today's breakfast.  It's carby! Also plant-based and not very paleo.  I eat grains a couple of times a week these days, and so far, so good.

Overnight Oats with Berries and Banana

Soak oats overnight (I used about 1/3 cup)

In the morning, heat the oats in a saucepan. You might need to add some more water, and some people like to discard the water and replace it. That's optional.

Add berries, a sliced banana, handful of almonds (yes, these are blanched activated almonds)

Add sweetener if you like (I poured a little maple syrup on there)

Lastly, a blob of some sort of yogurt. This is coconut yogurt.

You may be interested to know that the reason for soaking oats is simply to speed up the cook time and make them easier to eat. With most grains, soaking them reduces the phytic acid by activating the enzyme phytase.  Phytates inhibit the absorption of minerals, including iron. Oats are neither high in phytates nor phytase, however if you want to reduce the phytase further, you can soak them with another grain (say, buckwheat or rye) that does contain phytase.

What's your favourite breakfast these days?

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