Happiness & Health

Quick and healthy breakfast

October 18, 2016
healthy breakfast oatmeal jar

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. On the weekend we usually do a big breakfast with fruit bowls, eggs or tofu scramble and fresh squeezed orange juice. During the week there’s less time and I don’t want any of the sugary cereals. For a while I made a smoothie each morning but it’s also time consuming with washing the fruits/ veggies and most of all washing my blender (lazy me). So for the past couple of years I started making breakfast in a jar. The base is always the same: rolled oats and chia seeds – which are high in fiber, omega 3 and help lower your (bad) cholesterol. They also keep you full for a long time. With this base I mix in different nuts that I have on hand like almonds (sliced), walnuts, pumpkin seeds, hazelnuts, Brazilian nuts and spice it with cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. Then I stir it up with almond or rice milk and top it off with my favorite fruits apple or mango (berries are good too but don’t stay good for that long).  If you have a sweet tooth you can also add one with (non-sweetened) cocoa powder instead of fruit. Another suggestion would be a tropical “pina colada” theme with coconut flakes, pineapple and coconut milk. You can come up with different combinations for each day. 

The best part is that I prepare all jars on Sunday and can store them in the fridge for the entire week. So each morning I grab my glass and a spoon and I’m ready to go. It’s a healthy start in the day and keeps me full until lunch. What’s your go to breakfast? 

Recipe

  • 16oz glass jar with lid 
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds 
  • Handful of each of your favorite nuts
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Optional sweetener: agave syrup, honey or molasses (sometimes I cut up dates instead of a sweetener)
  • Fill it up with your choice of (non dairy) milk 
  • Top it with your favorite fruit (mango & apple are my favorites)
  • Mix it – Put a lid on it – and store in then fridge for up to 5 days

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