Saturday, February 2, 2013

Easy Refrigerator Berry Oatmeal - Caity

I admit it, cold oatmeal sounds a liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiittle creepy. But I promise this is awesome! My mom thinks it tastes a little bit like Swiss muesli. This recipe is easy to make, tasty, and perfect for an on-the-go breakfast. The combination of the yogurt, fruit and oatmeal keeps me full until lunchtime; it's high in protein, calcium and fiber; low in fat and sugar. 

This oatmeal is also made with chia seeds (yes, like a chia pet!). Chia seeds can be found at many stores, but are more likely to be at Whole Foods, New Seasons, etc than Safeway or Fred Meyer. They contain more omega 3 fatty acids than flax seeds and omega 3 acids are important for a healthy heart. 

This recipe is from a website called "The Yummy Life" which I found on Pinterest. Erin and I experimented with all sorts of variations when she was in Portland this summer. Our favorite recipe used vanilla yogurt, blueberry preserves and topped with fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.

Makes 1 serving

what you'll need:

1/4 cup uncooked old fashioned oats (not instant, quick or steel cut)
1/3 cup skim milk
1/4 cup low-fat vanilla Greek yogurt
1-1/2 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp berry jam or preserves
1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh fruit

In a small container with a lid, pour in the uncooked oatmeal. 

Pour in 1/3 cup skim milk. 

Add in 1/4 cup low-fat vanilla Greek yogurt. 

Pour in 1-1/2 tsp chia seeds

And 1 tsp of berry preserves. 

Put the lid on the container and shake well to mix. 

Top with fresh fruit. Refrigerate overnight and enjoy with a steaming cup of tea. 

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