When I wake up, the first two words you’ll usually hear me grumble are “sore” and “hungry”! I’m almost always in a state of recovery from the previous day’s workout, running low on fuel in my body’s tank and, honestly, a bit foggy because coffee isn’t ready. I need a hearty, healthy, healing breakfast that’s ready to go STAT. A favorite “stumble to the fridge” morning meal is Toasted Coconut, Turmeric & Ginger Overnight Oats.
Yes, overnight oats. Before hitting the hay, I dump all the wholesome ingredients in a mason jar, give it a shake, and stick in the fridge. Sometimes I meal prep enough for three days to even cut out that night-time obligation At the crack of dawn, I’ll I have to do is unscrew the lid and spoon into my mouth right out of the jar. Read on to find out just how easy this make-ahead recipe is and how the turmeric and ginger will help you feel fabulous.
First off, let’s talk about oats. This whole grain just to stick to your ribs (figuratively – haha and keep me from getting hungry with an hour. Oats are a fantastic source of fiber and even boast a bit of protein – however, you know how I insist on getting enough protein in the morning, so I add in a scoop of protein powder (which also adds to the thick creaminess).
Turmeric is an amazing spice that is prized for its anti-inflammatory purpose – same with ginger, in fact the two roots are related. Toss in some coconut, and the result is a lightly spicy, mildly earthy bowl of oats with the vibe of India.
Overnight oats are a portable breakfast solution for your commute, in an office or after a gym session. If I have enough time for a hot meal, I’ll warm up the oats in the microwave and thin out with a bit more milk, if needed. Hot or cold, I’m winning by beginning the day with a 200 -calorie breakfast featuring 6.5 fiber, over 9 grams of protein and nearly 30 percent of the daily recommendation for calcium.
I originally created this recipe for Litehouse Foods using their amazing Instantly Fresh Ginger which is a staple in my pantry.
Have you ever made overnight oats? What are your favorite stir-ins or toppings for oatmeal? Have any big races or fitness events coming up? Please share in the comments, XOXO – Jennifer