chocolate flavored overnight oats

Good morning everyone! Now that the last major storm of Winter (fingers crossed) is over in NYC, I’m feeling super excited for Spring and the weather warming up – even if it does include a good amount of rain and worms coming out of the ground. Mornings for me just FEEL so much better waking up to hints of the sun’s rays beginning to light up the sky as opposed to dreary gray hues or darkness. Anyway, feeling a tad bit of sweet tooth last night, I put together this chocolate flavored overnight oats mix into the fridge for breakfast this morning. As far as toppings go, your pantry is your oyster 😛

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate powder
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup milk (can substitute milk alternatives such as soy, almond, etc.)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Mix all of the ingredients thoroughly together in a bowl and let sit covered in a refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight. When ready to eat, feel free to add any extra toppings! I topped mine off with some coined bananas and raw almonds.

easy toast breakfast

The thing that I love about toast for breakfast is that it’s so easy to make in the mornings and hardly takes any effort to jazz up with toppings! There is no one way to make toast and you can put anything, really ANYTHING, you want on them.

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For the above, I used vanilla Greek yogurt and peanut butter with flax & chia seeds for the spread and topped them with tiger figs, yellow nectarines, and bananas.

vanilla chia seed pudding

What seeds? Chia seeds! So chia seeds are these tiny black seeds that grow natively in South America. It’s name origins are Mayan, signifying “strength.” They’re super healthy for you (think Omega-3, protein, and antioxidants) and incredibly versatile too when used in cooking. I usually add them by the spoonful to my oatmeal and smoothies. Bottom line is, they’re packed with fiber and have the ability to absorb 10-12 times their weight in water, which means that you get filled up faster with less food.

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