Banana Pecan Overnight Oats


It’s true … breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Starting the day, by taking responsibility for food choices, is like setting an empowering intention for the hours ahead. This conscious act places you squarely in the zone where good decisions are made.


It’s not impossible to change your approach to food. It may not be easy, but it is simple, because  there’s nothing complicated about eating when hungry. When I began to revamp my diet, I quickly learned that I needed to prepare in advance. This prep work was informed by an awareness of my eating habits. I can’t skip breakfast. This unavoidable fact of my life, is always a part of my menu planning for the week ahead. 


The amount of nutritional information available today is incredible, but the age old question remains … “how does it taste?” In my quest to choose what is best at all times for my mind, my body and my spirit, I also took into consideration my taste buds. There is an amazing world of flavor waiting to be discovered, within the parameters of ‘clean eating’. 


Eating healthier is an integral part of creating a true sense of vitality. We know that we feel better when we eat what’s good for us. This requires making time each day to fulfill this promise to yourself, because health is everything. Value every aspect of your beautiful self by treating your body with love and respect. It’s a life-changing decision to fuel your body, as opposed to simply reacting to hunger. Start with breakfast!


Assembling this overnight oats recipe, requires only a few moments of your time in the evening. In the morning, you’ll top it off with some healthy add-ins. Why not sit down to a clean breakfast that fuels the day ahead? 


Ingredients:


1/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats 

3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 tablespoon of seeds (I keep a jar of raw hemp, chia, flax and pumpkin seeds in the fridge)

1 tablespoon of raisins

1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract


Method:

Combine oats through vanilla extract in a medium-sized bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

In the morning …. Mix the oatmeal thoroughly.

Assemble the add-ins:


Slice half of a banana and place on top of oatmeal in bowl

(I place the other, banana half in the fridge, and use it sometime in the day ahead)

Add 1 tablespoon of chopped, raw pecans

Drizzle two teaspoons of almond butter over the top (I use a salted, unsweetened nut butter)

Drizzle two teaspoons of maple syrup over the top

That’s it. Easy and delicious. Enjoy!



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