Along the lines of last week’s post which discussed consistency with exercise- let’s talk about consistency with diet! Half the battle with fitness goal attainment has to do with diet consistency. Different fitness goals require different approaches to diet but the results will never come if you are not consistent. Although it’s ok to indulge in treats and snacks, overall changes will occur when the diet and exercise are balanced.
For myself, I have a hard time maintaining my diet if I do not meal prep over the weekends. I’ve heard often that people skip breakfast due to lack of time to prepare it or simply not having the appetite. I used to be one of those people and often skipped breakfast. These past few months I have made eating breakfast a habit and my energy has greatly improved as well as my ability to avoid those tasty treats throughout the day. I am overeating less often now that I made eating breakfast a routine. I, like many, have minimal free time in the morning to cook and eat breakfast. I find myself rushing around to get ready and get out of the house on time. So I have started making things easier on myself by meal prepping over the weekends at least breakfast and lunch. I have not skipped a breakfast since making this change.
One of my favorite easy breakfast meal preps is overnight oats! It’s super quick, stays good for many days, and is modifiable if you want to change it up!
Here’s my baseline recipe:
1/2 cup old fashioned instant oats
1/2 cup water (can also use milk, milk alternatives, a combination with yogurt, etc)
– occasionally I add 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries which will thaw overnight and my the oats pretty and delicious
In the morning I add a few of the following ingredients:
-Brown sugar if I’m craving something sweet
-Peanut butter (or other nut butter)
-Flaxseed-Chia seed-Cocoa powder if I want to make it a dessert
*Hint: if you want to change it up, I have found many different preparation ideas on Pinterest!
I make 5-7 at a time in an air-tight container and place it in my fridge. Even though they are called “overnight oats”, I have seen them be ready in an hour. If I forget to make them the night before, I will quickly make one baseline recipe before my workout in the morning and it is usually ready after my workout has finished.
Post below if you have other ingredients you add to your version of overnight oats!
Stay fit with a purpose!
-Jordan and Katie