Imagine waking up to find a healthy, delicious breakfast already prepared for you? We can make that thought a reality – the answer is overnight oats! Don’t forget protein at breakfast – many breakfast options are high in carbohydrates but low in protein. Having a fiber and protein packed breakfast can keep you going until lunch. Newer research is emerging showing the importance of balanced protein at each meal. We know how important meal planning can be to keep yourself and family fed well. It takes just 5 minutes in the evening to prepare this protein, fiber and nutrient packed meal. For more ways that you can build a better breakfast for you and your family, check out this blog.
There are many different plant foods that have been used for medicinal purposes as herbal remedies. Pumpkin has great medicinal properties as well. Pumpkin is high in beta-carotene and antioxidants. Oxidative stress has been found to increase the likelihood of diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and other various chronic illnesses. This type of stress is caused when there is an imbalance of oxidants and antioxidants in the system. Keeping foods in our diet that have a higher antioxidant concentration, like pumpkin, can help fight oxidative stress in the body, keeping us healthier . Now there’s even more reason to keep this healthy fruit around all year long!
Make a few overnight oats at a time and vary the ingredients to meet everybody’s taste preferences. Get the kids involved and create quick breakfasts for the entire school and work week. Of course do not waste that opened can of pumpkin, use it in another recipe like our Pumpkin Smoothies or customize this one!
In a glass jar (or container with a lid) add oats, vanilla skyr and chia seeds. Mix together well. Add pumpkin puree, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla extract on top of the oat-skyr mixture and mix together. Refrigerate overnight or for at least 5 hours. When ready to enjoy, top with 1 tablespoon of vanilla skyr and pecans. Overnight oats can keep refrigerated for 2-3 days.
Serving size: 1 serving Calories: 335, Fat: 8 grams, Saturated fat: 1.5 gram, Carbohydrates: 50 grams Sugar: 9 grams, Sodium: 40 milligrams, Fiber: 10 grams, Protein: 20 grams, Cholesterol: 0 milligrams,
Disclosure:Triad to Wellness is a nutrition communications consultant for Icelandic Provisions. We were not compensated for this post.
Yadav, M., Jain, S., Tomar, R., Prasad, G., & Yadav, H. (2010). Medicinal and biological potential of pumpkin: An updated review. Nutrition Research Reviews, 23(2), 184-190. doi:10.1017/S0954422410000107