Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Some say that eating breakfast is almost as important as exercising. I am not sure how people get away with not eating breakfast in the morning, but I know it is common. I have a hard time eating before I exercise in the morning, but when I am done – I am usually famished. I also know that the better night sleep I get, the hungrier I am in the morning. If I don’t get lot of sleep the night before, I am not usually very hungry, but then throughout the day I feel like I need to eat - just to get a little extra bit of energy.
So what do I eat for breakfast? It definitely varies – I love a good bowl of cold cereal in the morning, or a nice bowl of hot oatmeal – and lately I have been adding a delicious hard-boiled egg to the mix – and with a bowl of cereal, that really gets me through the morning well. On Friday I was walking by someone’s office, and happened to notice she was eating something out of a mason jar. I didn’t mean to be nosy, but when it comes to food, I usually can’t hold back – so I asked her what she was eating. Overnight Oats. She quickly explained what she had done – and I was in awe. Basically you just need a base of quick oats and milk (coconut milk works perfectly), and the rest of all up to what you like. You can add fruit, yogurt, sweeteners, spices – the sky is the limit.
I did a quick search on Bing to see what I could find – and wow, this is all over the food blogs. I had no idea! I tried hard to get it out of my head until after work – I had way too much to do on Friday to be distracted, but it made my day knowing I had this to look forward to. On my way home that day, I was spent. It was a long week – too long – all I wanted to do was sit on the bus and do nothing. Then I remembered my little project – and I created a great recipe in my head – the focus was on coconut and chocolate.
I whipped this up in less than 5 minutes, and on Saturday morning, I couldn’t wait to dig in. It was better than I could have imagined – and since I prefer my oatmeal to be warm, I just stuck it in the microwave for a minute, and it was perfect. I have a new favorite breakfast treat – thank goodness I walked down that hallway on Friday. Which leads me to wonder…what other breakfast treats are hiding in the hallways at work? I may have just found a new way to get a little exercise on Friday mornings, while focusing on the most important meal of the day…
- 1/2 cup quick oats
- 1/2 cup vanilla flavored coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon shredded coconut
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean seeds
- 1 ounce grated dark chocolate