Busy mornings or company can often make breakfast a bit of a challenge when seeking healthier options. Overnight oats are an excellent strategy for prepping most of the ingredients the night before for a slower-paced, more enjoyable morning. You can pre-make a variety of different combinations, as shown here, or create a topping bar for everyone to choose favorites. Oats are full of fiber, and the addition of milk and chia seeds contribute protein. Chia seeds are also full of antioxidants and omega-3 fats. The addition of fruit and nuts make a very balanced breakfast guaranteed to keep you full for the day’s activities!
By Jaclyn Albin, MD, FAAP, FACP ~ Above photo by Jaclyn Albin ~
Ingredients (per serving):
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup milk of choice (regular or any plant milk works)
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp vanilla
¼ tsp cinnamon
Customizable toppings: diced fruit (strawberries, banana, mango), fresh berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries), chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans), nut butter, yogurt, additional chia seeds, extra maple syrup or honey, and anything else that sounds delicious!
ABOUT THE CHEF
Dr. Albin joined the Departments of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at UTSW in the fall of 2014 where she practices primary care in the Combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Clinic at UTSW. She is passionate about nutrition, lifestyle, and other environmental influences on health, and she teaches her patients and students to prioritize these areas. In 2017, Dr. Albin launched UTSW’s Culinary Medicine program and serves as the director, working to teach nutrition through hands-on cooking classes to medical students, residents, healthcare professionals, and the community. Dr. Albin loves blending her passion for nutrition and wellness with growing a garden, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her husband and children.