overnight muesli oats

Overnight muesli oats are an easy, make-ahead breakfast, packed with protein, fiber and antioxidants! 

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If you spend your mornings running around (I can’t be the only one!) in a tornado of bags and lunches and the worst: trying to find something to wear – then I’ve got the perfect prep-ahead breakfast that’s both filling and delicious.

Overnight Muesli Oats - prep this healthy breakfast the night before and breakfast is ready to eat! | anutritionisteats.comThese days, the tornado is a bit different. Instead of packing meals and bags for the work day, breakfasts are eaten in a rush, between nursing sessions and showers. In the two short weeks of living with a newborn, I’ve learned that I’ve got to have a hearty breakfast that comes together in minutes and since oats are good for milk production, they’ve been on a steady rotation. (I’ve also learned that anything that can be prepped ahead of time is ideal!)

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Muesli has been around for ages, and it’s simply a mixture of oats combined with other ingredients like nuts and dried fruit. It’s soaked in water, milk or yogurt – or a combination of all three. Soaking the oats means they don’t require any cooking and all they need in the morning is a quick stir and plenty of toppings. I absolutely love the cool oats and burst of fresh berries once the weather starts warming up.

It’s also one of those meals that can come together with whatever you have. Out of yogurt? Add some milk. Not a fan of flax? Add chia seeds. Prefer strawberries? Swap them for blueberries. Only have frozen berries? Those work too!

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Spend a minute prepping breakfast the night before and waking up the next morning is that much easier. (Unless you’ve been up all night…and I can’t help you there!)

Overnight Muesli Oats
 
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Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • ½ cup oats
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup yogurt
  • toppings: fresh blueberries, honey, ground flax, almonds
Instructions
  1. Place oats in jar or container with lid.
  2. Add water and then yogurt, no need to stir.
  3. Store in the refrigerator overnight.
  4. When it's time for breakfast, stir together and top with blueberries, ground flax, almonds and some honey if you'd like some sweetness.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 271 Fat: 8 grams Carbohydrates: 46 grams Sugar: 29 grams Fiber: 6 grams Protein: 8 grams

 

the jennifer aniston smoothie

Jennifer Aniston Smoothie | anutritionisteats.com

…for real people.

Stars are just like us and they drink smoothies for breakfast. :)

Jennifer Aniston Smoothie | anutritionisteats.com

And we can drink the “Jennifer Aniston” smoothie for breakfast and be just like her. (Or something like that.) Her daily breakfast  is a nutrient-rich smoothie made out of berries, banana, chocolate almond milk and protein powder, maca powder, sprouted almonds and trace mineral drops. When I read about it, I was instantly intrigued and had to try it myself.

What makes her smoothie so great?  Let’s break it down:

Jennifer Aniston Smoothie | anutritionisteats.comberries (cherries and blueberries): full of antioxidants and vitamins.

chocolate almond milk: this was surprising to me. I won’t buy chocolate almond milk because it’s too high in sugar, so I would actually recommend swapping this out for regular milk or unsweetened vanilla almond milk – or a combination of both. (I ended up trying out a few different combinations of milk and water, but thought it was best with 1 cup of almond milk and 1 cup of 2% milk.)

vegan chocolate protein powder: I recommend using the protein powder that you have and/or like. If you don’t have chocolate, add a bit of unsweetened cocoa powder and a touch of stevia or honey. (I love the vega one line.)

maca powder: is one of those superfoods you find at the health food store and it’s been used for thousands of years in Incan cultures as a source of nourishment and healing. (Maca is a nutrient-dense packed with vitamins, plant sterols and many essential minerals that can increase staminia, boost libido and combat fatigue. From Navitas Naturals ) I don’t keep any at home (vega one actually has some in it already) and it’s certainly not necessary.

trace mineral drops: again…not necessary. I’m not sold on mineral drops being an integral part of a smoothie.

frozen banana: they make smoothies creamy and sweet. It’s always a good idea to have them in your freezer.

chocolate stevia: use stevia if you have it and like it (any flavor) or a small drizzle of honey if you don’t. (Or skip sweeteners completely!)

sprouted almonds: uhhh, what?! you might be thinking… but it’s really easy. Soak raw almonds in water overnight and add to the smoothie. Or, if you forget, simply add the almonds before blending. :)

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If you love berries and chocolate together, you’ll love this smoothie! It makes a great, nutritious breakfast – whether it makes us look like Jennifer Aniston or not!

Jennifer Aniston Smoothie
 
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  • 2 cups milk
  • 10 almonds
  • 1 cup frozen cherries or mixed berries
  • ¼ cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • optional: maca powder, trace minerals, chocolate stevia
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
Notes
Be sure to use a protein powder you like!
Nutrition Information
Calories: 523 Fat: 19 grams Carbohydrates: 69 grams Sugar: 45 grams Fiber: 13 grams Protein: 29 grams

 

 

how to make the healthiest bowl of oatmeal

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Put down the packet of oatmeal because today, I’m showing you how to make a healthy (the HEALTHIEST!) bowl of oatmeal.

Oatmeal is a darling in the nutrition world, and for good reason – each 150 calorie serving provides 5 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber and is a whole-grain food. It’s also cheap, readily available and almost everyone likes it.

Tastes good. √
Cheap. √
Nutritious. √
Easy. √

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I’m glad we’re on the same page now.

So what takes a bowl of oatmeal to the HEALTHIEST bowl of oatmeal?

How to Make the Healthiest Bowl of Oatmeal | anutritionisteats.com

It’s pretty simple. Some antioxidant-rich fruit, some protein in the form of greek yogurt, some chopped nuts for a dose of healthy fats (and crunch!) and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup if you need something a little sweet.

This upgraded bowl of oatmeal comes together in minutes, but will leave you satisfied until lunchtime.

Healthiest Bowl of Oatmeal
 
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Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • ½ cup oatmeal
  • ½ cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 5-7 oz container of plain greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp almonds
  • 1 Tbsp honey or maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Prepare oatmeal as directed.
  2. Top oatmeal with berries and yogurt.
  3. Roughly chop almonds and sprinkle over oatmeal.
  4. Drizzle with honey or maple syrup if desired.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 390 Fat: 6 grams Carbohydrates: 62 grams Sugar: 30 grams Sodium: 72 mg Fiber: 7 grams Protein: 25 grams

PS. Looking for more healthy breakfasts? 8 Nutritious Breakfasts On the Go:

waldorf salad

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I love this time of year. The lights, the cheer – everyone seems so happy! And I can’t forget the constant stream of sweet treats. I don’t know about your office, but between the gift sweets and homemade sweets, it’s hard to stay away from the kitchen. And then there’s my own kitchen…which has seen its own constant stream of sweet treats lately. Dessert > Wine. (Only while pregnant.)

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But with all of the extra treats, it’s also a time of year when cutting back elsewhere needs to happen. Cookies > Other Carbs.

It’s not something that I actively keep track of, or even stress out about, but I make sure that salads are a staple for lunch and dinners are built around protein and vegetables. For me, it feels easy (and honestly, salads at lunch are the norm) but painless. I still get to enjoy the treats and while I’ll be gaining weight this year no matter what, at a minimum, I can feel good about fitting in some nutritious foods into each day.

Waldorf Salad | anutritionisteats.com

But it’s not the time to cut-back too much – meals still need to be filling! This salad, though pretty light in calories, still packs a protein and fiber punch, and it will keep you satisfied until your cookie snack! :)

Need more convincing? This salad is:

  • high in protein (32 grams!)
  • full of fresh produce (crunchy romaine and celery + sweet apples!)
  • healthy fats from almonds
  • light and tasty yogurt-based dressing

Enjoy every cookie. And every salad!

Waldorf Salad
 
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1-lb chicken breasts
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • ½ cup plain yogurt (not greek)
  • 2 Tbsp light mayonnaise
  • salt & pepper
  • 2-3 heads of romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 2 cups thinly sliced celery
  • 2 apples, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped almonds
Instructions
  1. Grill or broil chicken until cooked through.
  2. Let cool and thinly slice. Set aside.
  3. Whisk together lemon juice, yogurt and mayonnaise.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and refrigerate.
  5. Layer lettuce, celery, chicken, apples and almonds on each plate.
  6. Drizzle with dressing.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 308 Fat: 12 grams Carbohydrates: 19 grams Sugar: 12 grams Fiber: 5 grams Protein: 32 grams

How do you balance things this time of year?