Sunday, June 28, 2015

Overnight oatmeal is simply addictive!

The past two weeks had been a living hell - I was so sick that whenever I stood up or wanted to do anything at all, I got headache! This headache of mine was basically caused by the pressure in my blocked right ear - blame it on the flu. It was bad enough when one side of your ears is blocked and on top of that, the pressure and headache made it unbearable. I ended up seeing two different doctors because antibiotics weren't prescribed to me by the first doctor and the medication he gave me wasn't strong enough to counter the flu I was having. The second consultation was with a specialist and on the third day onward, I felt so much better.

Anyway, I haven't been dieting or exercising much for the past few weeks because I got headache whenever I stood up. Everyone was telling me to start eating rice and noodles because I wasn't really recovering with less nutrition.

They won.

I ate.

A lot of food.

At least that is what I think.

One of the nutritious beverage that I have been making these days would be overnight oatmeal. I bet you have heard about this overnight oatmeal sensation from your Facebook or Youtube. I have gotten hooked after the first try!

Basically, what you need are items like what you are seeing in the picture below.

Chia seeds, oatmeal, milk and yogurt - as easy as that :)

For your information, you are encouraged to used rolled oats but since I don't really like rolled oats, I replace them with instant oats. Personally, I think they taste the same.

In the original recipe, you're also told to use greek yogurt but nah, I don't want to spend extra because greek yogurt is so much more expensive than the normal yogurt. It's only the consistency is different. Greek yogurt is thicker, that's it.

If you want your overnight oatmeal to be sweet, you may add honey, brown sugar or anything that you like but I like the way it is. I am going to share my recipe with you all.

First and foremost, prepare your oatmeal - around four tablespoons for two servings.

You may add on the quantity of the oatmeal according to your appetite but my advice is not to overdo it else you may end up throwing them away since not everyone may like it. Try it out for the first time and then, you may decide whether you love or hate it.

Secondly, add in your chia seeds.

I added 2 tablespoons of chia seeds for two servings.

Honestly, if you want more chia seeds, you may go ahead as well. Chia seeds will absorb all the liquid and they would bloat up, giving you a pudding-like texture.

Again, don't overdo it.

Thirdly, add in the plain yogurt.

I'm not really sure whether you can use flavoured yogurts but well, there's no harm trying, right?

My measurement is two tablespoons for two servings.

Fourthly, add in the milk.

In this case, you can actually use almond milk, rice milk, fresh milk, low fat milk or whatever milk you can find.

I usually mix the dry ingredients with 2 cups of milk.

Last but not least, shake your bum, bum!

Best time to exercise, aye?

Shake it up and place it in the fridge overnight.

The next morning, you can take it out of the fridge - enjoy it cold or if you're sick, like me, warm it up in the microwave for a minute or so.

Cut up some of your favourite fruits and voila - overnight oatmeal is ready!

I hope you will be trying out overnight oatmeal because yes, they are addictive and honestly, that is usually my breakfast. It gives me enough energy in the morning whether I am working out or not.

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