A cool lunch for summer :: overnight oats

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

Ingredients

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step3:

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.

Step 4:

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.

Step 5:

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,

23 Comments

  1. Heather Rowland July 27, 2018 / 9:02 am

    Wow, I’ve had overnight oats for breakfast but never considered it for lunch – this is such a fab and original idea so I’ll definitely have to try this! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Heather xoxo
    https://www.hefafa.me.uk

    • Vivian Tse
      Author
      August 6, 2018 / 8:47 am

      Ahhh thank you Heather, glad you liked it! xx

  2. Kara July 27, 2018 / 5:02 pm

    I never thought about having overnight oats for lunch, but that’s actually a great idea! I completely understand getting bored of eating the same thing every day. I usually have yogurt for lunch because it requires no prep or time, but I like how easy this sounds. I’ll be saving this to give it a try.

    Also I love the circle photos for the ingredients with the text! It’s such a cute touch!

    x Kara | http://karascloset.net/

    • Vivian Tse
      Author
      August 6, 2018 / 8:50 am

      Thank you Kara! It means a lot to me! xx

  3. Melissa Kacar July 27, 2018 / 10:14 pm

    This recipe sounds delicious! I’m definitely gonna have to try it out! Thanks for sharing!

    melissakacar.blogspot.com

    • Vivian Tse
      Author
      August 10, 2018 / 3:34 pm

      Thank you so much Melissa! Means a lot to me! xx

  4. Jessica July 28, 2018 / 8:02 am

    This looks delish dear! So healthy too. Thanks for sharing!

    • Vivian Tse
      Author
      August 10, 2018 / 3:38 pm

      Thanks M! Hope all is well with you! x

    • Vivian Tse
      Author
      August 10, 2018 / 3:39 pm

      It is! You should give it a try ;) xx

    • Vivian Tse
      Author
      August 10, 2018 / 3:39 pm

      Me too! Thanks for stopping by, Shelley! x

    • Vivian Tse
      Author
      August 10, 2018 / 3:40 pm

      Thank you so much Gallech!

    • Vivian Tse
      Author
      August 10, 2018 / 3:43 pm

      Thank you so much Nina!

    • Vivian Tse
      Author
      August 10, 2018 / 3:44 pm

      Thank you babe! Glad you liked it! x

  5. Style Appetite August 14, 2018 / 12:53 pm

    Ah this looks fantastic! I love to eat oats in the morning as they are the perfect breakfast for me. But definitely will try them as a lunch option too :)

    xxx
    Tina

    https://styleappetite.com

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