There isn’t a chia seed or expensive ‘superfood’ powder in sight with these overnight oats! I started off the year saying that I wanted 2017 to be about real and affordable food. Unfortunately the latest healthy eating trends are putting extreme pressures on some peoples weekly shopping bills and is creating a huge amount of confusion as to what exactly is healthy.
One way to affordably eat a healthy and balanced diet is to buy as much produce possible that is in season. But I find that by this time of the year apples and satsumas are just not cutting it for me. I love berries but when buying them out of season they are expensive. Of course, a box of raspberries can last for a good few breakfasts as a topping for oats and porridge but if you were to buy a mix of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries when out of season it is at a cost, and just doesn’t taste as good. This is why I am a big fan of buying frozen berries. There is no concrete evidence to say that frozen berries are unhealthy and bad for you. When buying a good quality bag from the supermarket, that shouldn’t cost much more than 2-3eur, these are just as healthy an option as buying fresh. But the good thing about buying a bag of frozen is that you can just take what you what when you need it. I buy a bag of frozen berries and then make sure to buy a certain amount of other fresh fruit that is in season for that week in order to keep it as a mix, which really helps to avoid any food waste and it cuts down on your shopping bill!
These overnight oats are topped with frozen berries but during the summer months you can easily top with fresh, in season produce. I sometimes also top these with a banana or some apple or simply with a few almonds. Making these the night before means that you have a breakfast waiting for you the next morning. Perfect for those in a rush to get to work!
- 60/ 70g oats
- 80ml milk (I used standard semi-skimmed but if you have a dairy intolerence then you can replace with soya or nut milk)
- 1 tbpsn honey
- Handful of mixed berries out the freezer
- Take the berries out of the freezer and place in a small tupperware box in the fridge to defrost.
- Add the oats, milk and honey and mix well in a jar. Place in the fridge overnight.
- The next morning: take the oats and fruit out of the fridge. Top the oats with the fruit and ejnoy!