As a kid, I ate peaches and cream oats like it was my JOB! That, and apple cinnamon. My sister would get so upset when I’d raid the oatmeal variety packs and steal all of the good flavors.
You snooze, you lose, right?
Thankfully with overnight oats, you snooze and you WIN every time.
Good news for my crabby sister. [Only crabby when she doesn’t get her oats, I promise she’s really sweet otherwise]
- 1 peach, pitted and puréed [yield ¼ cup purée]
- ½ banana, puréed [yield ¼ cup purée]
- ½ cup non-dairy milk – I used unsweetened almond milk
- ¼ cup uncontaminated rolled oats
- 2 tablespoon chia seed
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Pinch stevia or other sweetener
- Toppings: sliced bananas, unsweetened shredded coconut, nut butter, or shelled flax seed.
- To be made the night before you plan on eating it, or at least 4 hours in advance.
- Place pitted peach and banana in a blender and pulse until puréed.
- Combine all ingredients in a glass container, stir until incorporated, seal, and place in the fridge overnight.
- Enjoy right from the fridge, or heat in the microwave for 30 seconds.
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I’m happy to report that I was able to run 5km last night with very little groin pain! It seems pumping my blood full of omegas is working!
Also, you guys are quite the resourceful bunch. Thank you for all of your suggestions on how to reduce inflammation and recover from injury. Even though I studied this stuff in school, it’s always great to hear how others treat their aches and pains. Plus, you never know what you might learn. Lucky in my case, I learned a bunch!
One question that came up a couple of times yesterday was if I could list some omega-6 and omega-3 foods. Of course! Here’s the lowdown:
Omega-6 [healthy]: raw seeds, nuts, free range + organic meat.
Omega-6 [not-so-healthy]: highly processed foods like meats and refined vegetable oils – such as safflower, corn, sunflower, cottonseed, and soy. [Did you know up to 20% of the calories in the American diet are estimated to come from soy oil?]
Omega 3: Your best sources of omega-3 will be inflax seed, walnuts, and cold water fish [salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel, black cod, and bluefish]. There are other sources, but these are by far the best!
This should tell us that if you follow an extremely clean lifestyle of whole foods, with lots of fresh produce, and homemade meals, you wont have much unhealthy omega-6 in your life. So, you can supplements your omega-6’s with healthy 6’s like nuts and seeds.
Seeing as there are loads of chia in today’s recipe, where does chia fit into all this?
Chia fits somewhere in between flax seed and awesome. Ya, you read that right. :P
They’re classified as an omega-3 fat, but when compared gram for gram with flax, chia has:
- 0.3oz. more omega-3’s
- almost double the fiber
- a highly concentrated nutrient profile – based on some studies I’ve read in the past, chia has a higher profile than flax, but chia hasn’t gone through much testing because it’s fairly new, so the results are a bit gray for now.
So, now that I’ve gone on a tangent about omega’s, let’s move on to something short, sweet, and exciting…
I now have Google search for my posts! Check out the search field over to the right, under the “recent posts” section. Type in an ingredient, or title, whatever you’d like and be amazed with all of the returned results!
What was your favorite type of oatmeal growing up? Wait… did you eat oatmeal growing up?
Awesome is clearly my word of the day. What will yours be?