Feeling tired of eating the same foods for lunch? I can feel you. When it comes to lunch for work, I always prepare the same salad for me and Wai. Low in calories, lots of lettuce, no meat, no pasta, no eggs, no dressing. I know, sounds pretty boring right? Every single work day. I believe we’ve been eating this since the start of spring season. At first we were fine with that. We wanted to embrace a healthier lifestyle as we strongly believe that what you eat affects your skin. So a homemade salad would be the best lunch meal right? But..eating the same foods over and over again? Hmm, I can tell ya, it does get boring.
So when Wai started to complain about our “rabbit food”, I came up with another idea: why don’t we eat oats for lunch? Oatmeals are considered healthy too. It’s rich in fiber, good for your skin, helps to keep you full (which is a huge plus for me!) and it can reduce constipation. I’m sure oatmeals have a million other benefits, but I’m not a nutrition expert, so I’ll keep it short. Now, Wai and I don’t like preparing oats the traditional way. We think it’s tasteless, soggy and it has a mushy texture. So I’ve tried to find an oatmeal recipe that suits our taste, reduced the measurements and added my own twist to it. Now I believe you’ve probably heard of overnight oats. Overnight oats are super quick and easy to make and as the name implies, you can make it the night before and then leave it in the fridge. Anyway, today I’d share our super basic overnight oats version with you which is ideal for summer and for those who get bored of eating salad or sandwiches at work.
Time needed: less than 5 min
First, use an airtight container, (mason jar or tumbler would be fine) where you can store your overnight oats. Then, pour the oatmeal into your jar or tumbler.
Now add some maple syrup to the oats. Maple syrup makes the texture a lot sweeter. However, if you find this on the sweeter side, you can put some yoghurt instead. I’d use plain yoghurt if I want a less sweeter taste.
Ever heard of tapioca pearls? (you know the pearls you can find in bubble tea, very popular in Asia btw) Well it has pretty much the same effect with chia seeds. Add the chia seeds to the mixture and you’ll be amazed how chewy they taste the next day.
Next, put the half sliced banana into the jar. Now you might think the combo of a banana and maple syrup would be too overwhelming. However, the banana is actually needed to make the mixture a bit more sticky and chewy. If you don’t like bananas, you can also use some other fresh or dried fruits instead. Think of blueberries or raspberries or any other fruits you like.
To finish off, pour some almond milk into the jar and mix all the ingredients well. Another options are soy milk, coconut milk or milk.
Store it in the fridge over night and wait until the next day. The texture will look like this:
Overnight oats can be stored in the fridge for a few days (I recommend up until 2 days). And…that’s pretty much it:) Super easy right?
Would you try overnight oats for lunch?
Thank you for taking the time to read my post. Until next time,