5 Oatmeal Recipes That Require No Cooking
March 3, 2015 #breakfast #cooking #healthy food
 
By Kathy Finney
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Like you were told, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Unfortunately, as much as our bodies need an energy boost in the morning, most of us just hope the caffeine rush from a large coffee will be enough to keep us going until lunch. If we are lucky, we might actually sit down for a bowl of cereal, only to be hungry again in an hour. 

We want to help you get your mornings started right. This video shows you how you can make oatmeal overnight without any cooking. Just throw the ingredients in a mason jar, shake well and put it in the refrigerator. In the morning, you'll have a healthy homemade breakfast you can eat right out of the jar. If you don't have time to eat it before rushing out, the mason jar can easily be taken with you. These overnight oats can also be safely stored in the fridge for 2-4 days, so you can make ahead a batch. 

The basic recipe is easy. Rolled (or Old Fashioned) oats, milk, and yogurt.  The chia seeds and yogurt give your oatmeal a boost of protein that'll help you feel satiated longer, but are completely optional. More or less yogurt can be used to achieve your desired consistency. While the five recipes in this video by The Domestic Geek are mouth watering, you can even keep it as simple as some maple syrup and a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon. Flavored yogurt is another way to go, though the taste will be somewhat diluted. I opt for a slightly larger jar than can fit all the ingredients so they can mix up easier, or you can just pour the contents out into a bowl before eating.  

Unless you are on a low carbohydrate diet, oats are one of the best breakfast foods you can have. High in fiber and micronutrients, oats are also naturally gluten free, though there can be contamination from the processing plant. You can find oats specifically labeled as gluten-free if this is a concern. Some who are already on a gluten-free diet might have some initial discomfort if reintroducing oats, but this is likely due to an increase in fiber intake. 

Healthy, easy and tasty? What's not to love about this great no-cook cooking tip? What flavors would you mix in your overnight oats? Please share them with the rest of our fans in the comments section. 
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