Each week begins with such promise. I wake up on time, have a relaxing shower, blow dry my hair into a half decent style, make my breakfast smoothie while watching the morning news, and remember to take my vitamins. By the end of the week, after one too many late nights (“just one more drink!” “one more blog post!” “one more episode of Orange Is The New Black!”) my morning routine ends up spiraling into a disaster. In my sleepy, snooze button-happy state I end up convincing myself of the bare minimum morning necessities (“I didn’t sweat too much yesterday, who needs a shower!” “I’ll do my makeup in the elevator, that will save 10 minutes!”). When I run the risk of skipping breakfast, overnight oats are my back up plan. Healthy, filling and portable, overnight oats are the morning procrastinator’s dream. I bought this handy jar from the Dollar Store, the size is the perfect portion and can easily be thrown into a bag on the way out the door.
I was inspired to create the black forest cake flavour when I received some samples of chocolate coconut water by Cocozia. Creamy, smooth and not too sweet, I loved how their coconut water tastes just like a refreshing glass of chocolate milk, my favourite post run drink. I added tart cherry juice for the classic black forest cake element, and also because real cherry juice supports muscle recovery, as well as the L-glutamine. For additional sweetness I included some raw honey, real vanilla extract and a handful of dried cherries – delightful bursts of cherry goodness. The almond milk and chia seeds add a bit of creaminess to the oats as well as protein, and chia seeds are also a great antioxidant and are high in omega-3 fatty acids. Using chocolate coconut milk really tied all the ingredients together to create a delectable, fiber rich morning treat. Quick and easy, you can sleep in and have a healthy breakfast waiting for you ready to go. Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?
What are your favourite fast and easy breakfasts?