Texas Health-y Home Cooking: Overnight Oats
Welcome to our weekly series called Texas Health-y Home Cooking!
You’re cooped up at home and well into the new reality of stay-at-home life. But despite the current state of crazy, dinnertime comes around as usual, the kids are hungry — and your hunger pangs are kicking in, too. So, what are you supposed to do?
Many have turned to social media for recipes from their favorite television chefs, such as Food Network veteran chef, Alton Brown.
But we were inspired to take a look in our own backyard and asked some top chefs/restaurant owners and dietitians in North Texas for their recommendations on healthy meals that can be prepared with items you likely already have on hand — think canned beans or tomatoes, whole wheat pasta, or the fresh or frozen produce chilling in your fridge.
This week, Sports Dietitian Kaylee Jacks gives us an easy, relatively hands-off breakfast recipe that is sure to make the entire family smile.
You might not be ‘on-the-go’ as much these days, but rather your day starts with a new set of tasks — like home schooling your kids. If you’re looking for make-ahead breakfast ideas, Kaylee Jacks MS, CSSD, RD, LD, a sports dietitian at Texas Health Sports Medicine, recommends giving overnight oats a try. Similar to oatmeal, overnight oats are both nutritious and completely customizable. Top with berries, bananas, granola, nuts, peanut butter or even chocolate chips. The combinations are endless!
Overnight Oats with Berries
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
1/2 cup nonfat milk
1/2 cup plain, low-fat Greek yogurt
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest (optional)
1/2 cup blueberries, strawberries, or a combo
In a jar or container with a tightly fitted lid, combine the oats and chia seeds. Add the milk, yogurt, vanilla, and lemon zest. Stir to combine, cover, and refrigerate overnight or up to 5 days. Stir and top with fresh berries right before serving.
Remember, now is an opportune time to get inspired, try something new, and expand your culinary skills. So grab the apron, open the pantry, ask the kids to help out, and enjoy some family cooking time!