A lot of people ask me what I do to maintain a healthy weight (especially considering what I eat on a daily basis), and I have to say one of the biggest factors is eating breakfast. Every day. Even if I have to force it down.
I’ll tell you why:
My metabolism is pretty fast (even though I’m getting older), and I have a ferocious appetite. If I don’t eat breakfast, I will eat so many snacks between 8-11 pm that I might end up eating part of my coffee table.
This doesn’t make me unique, by the way. If you find yourself reaching for chips or sweets at night, chances are you didn’t eat right during the day (meaning a good balance of protein, carbs, and good fats) or you skip meals. All of these things lead your blood sugar to drop and your snack cravings to increase. Ain’t science a bitch?
So…if you’re someone like me who is constantly running around and needs energy for the day, breakfast is where it begins. And I know you think I have a greasy Bacon, Egg and Cheese for breakfast every day, but I have a surprise for you:
Ok, sometimes it’s a BEC. Or two.
But 9 times out of 10, I’m having oatmeal or overnight oats. It’s full of fiber so it’s very filling, and it’s quick to get going. I add different things to it depending on my taste, but usually it’s a combo of chia seeds, almond butter, and honey. Sometimes I add a bit of unsweetened cocoa powder. Or if I want to be “bad”, I add one cinnamon-sugar marshmallow from SmashMallow. The sweet and creamy texture is just divine.
Overnight oats are another favorite of mine. For two reasons:
1 – I don’t have to do much to put them together.
2 – It’s ready to go by the time I wake up in the morning and then I don’t have to do literally anything.
Best day ever.
Here’s a roundup of Overnight Oats recipes I wrote for Thrillist a year ago. And below is one of my favorite recipes for Peanut-Almond Butter Overnight Oats. I used both butters because I like both and I don’t like to make tough decisions.
NOTE: The photos are showing two of these servings in one jar, so you would actually have about half of this. Sometimes we have to do things for photography purposes. Anyone who can eat an entire jar of this is my hero. Overnight oats are VERY filling.
Hope you enjoy!
PB & Almond Butter Maple Overnight Oats
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned, rolled oats
- 1/2 cup unsweetened plain or vanilla almond milk
- 1 tbsp almond butter (smooth or crunchy)
- 1 tbsp peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
- 1 tsp of chia seeds
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- pinch of salt
- bananas, strawberries, or granola – optional for topping
- Pour almond milk and water into a mason jar (or something with an air-tight seal) and add maple syrup and chia seeds. Stir together.
- Drop in the dollops of almond and peanut butters. Stir around but don’t worry if it doesn’t blend in.
- Add the oats and stir, making sure they are all submerged in the almond milk mixture.
- Seal the mason jar (or use plastic wrap – whatever you’re using) and place in the fridge for 6 hours/overnight.
- Done! Enjoy the next morning and feel free to top it with sliced bananas (my fave), strawberries, or whatever you like.