The Breakfast Equation

Good morning!

As I type this, I’m gearing up (drinking bulletproof coffee) for my second spin class at LA Fitness. My first attempt last week was a success and I think I might just be hooked. Plus, in talking to the instructor after last week’s class, we found out that we’re both obsessed with the Mortal Kombat soundtrack as workout music and she promised to pump up the MK jams if I made it to class today. ūüôā

Speaking of power breakfast…

I may eat breakfast later in the day than most, but I rarely forego it altogether. Breakfast foods are some of my favorites. Overnight Oats = Simple Perfection.

For some time now, my go-to breakfast has been overnight oats. There’s no real cooking involved (unless you choose to make them hot, in which case they’re not ‘overnight’ oats anymore anyway) and they can be prepared directly into the jar you’ll eat them out of later so there’s really no mess.

As¬†a creature of habit, my oats tend to look very similar day after day, but sometimes it’s nice¬†to switch things up.¬†Clean Plates sends me a weekly newsletter with news and tips about healthy eating and nutrition. IMAGINE my excitement when I had a¬†newsletter from Clean Plates¬†in my inbox Monday morning¬†titled “Build a Breakfast” highlighting overnight oats!

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For too long I’ve been stuck in a rut: OATMEAL + SEED BUTTER + BANANA + CHIA SEEDS. Nothing wrong with that combo, but I’m ready¬†to try some non-oat¬†bases (I’ve tried quinoa and it’s great soaked in almond milk overnight), yogurt (I used to incorporate regularly but just got out of the habit), new fruits, and hemp seeds. I see you hemp seeds. You could be just the crunch my oats have been missing.

Maybe I should calculate all of the possible variations in breakfast according to this chart, and then try¬†each one… and blog about it! (The¬†Julie & Julia movie premise is Andrew’s favorite blogging joke.) Seriously though, sounds like a delicious experiment.

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Before I leave¬†for spin class, I wanted to¬†leave you with a new¬†overnight oats recipe to try…


Apple Cinnamon Chia Seed Oats w/ Toasted Almonds 
Serves 1

1/3 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup almond milk
1/2 apple, diced
1-2 T chia seeds
1-2 T sliced almonds, toasted
1 pinch salt
1 pinch cinnamon

1. Combine all ingredients, except the almonds, in a jar.
2. Shake well and refrigerate overnight.
3. Remove from refrigerator, top with almonds, and enjoy!




In case you’re now craving a big bowl of warm oats, check out one of my cold-weather favorites:¬†Sunbutter Banana Oatmeal.



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