These Turmeric Milk Soaked Oats (or overnight oats) are a hearty, delicious, and easy breakfast. Fresh and fragrant spices are stirred right into oats and almond milk and left to soak overnight. Toppings like hemp hears, nuts and fresh fruit round it out and leave you glowing as you start your day.
I feel like every year my fitness and nutrition journey takes an unexpected yet wonderful change. Although it is only January, the shift for 2017 has certainly begun.
I took a leap of faith and decided to get my Fit4Mom certification and spent all last weekend at training. To be a pre- and post-natal fitness instructor is something I look forward to with all my heart. I can’t believe it, really! If you would’ve told me 10 years ago that, not only would I be working out regularly, but I’d also be a fitness instructor, I would’ve laughed in your face. But here we are.
I’ll be able to teach classes to pregnant mamas along with Stroller Strides (like a stroller boot camp class) and Stroller Barre classes to mamas with babies soon in the Chicago area! I couldn’t be happier…or more sore at the moment.
Along with that, I have been participating in a test group for fitness and nutrition; an 8 week journey. It has inspired me to wake up earlier and spend time on myself before my son wakes up – something I never thought I’d be able to pull off. It has made such a positive difference in my day. I love that I’ve had those brief, peaceful moments to myself first-thing.
As far as the nutrition half, it was already food I make so it wasn’t a stretch. The biggest difference was eating a WAY bigger breakfast.
I already ate a traditional sized portion of things like oatmeal and yogurt, but the portions have certainly gotten bigger for me. And I love it! Eating a huge bowl of oatmeal not only gets me through my morning, but it fuels my workouts (or refuels if I’m eating it afterwards) and keeps me full and snack-free until lunch. And having “permission” to eat such a big bowl, a requirement really, was all I needed. I’m in!
But I don’t ever settle for boring when it comes to oats. Have we met? I can’t do simple to save my life. Thus, we are using all the appropriate guidelines for a healthy, fueling bowl of oatmeal and turning it into something delectable.
My Turmeric Milk Soaked Oats are just perfect. Overnight oats are kept simple yet satisfying with just oats, almond milk and lots of beautiful spices. They’re thickened by soaking overnight with some chia seeds. A topping of fresh grapefruit and banana along with protein-packed hemp hearts and nuts round it all out into a beautiful, nutritious breakfast.
You know my love affair with turmeric. And I still put it in everything! I love the easy, already ground up powdered spice, but I love the fresh root even more. I always try to pick up a small piece or two when I’m in the grocery store. You can peel it easily with the edge of a spoon or a sharp knife and then use a microplane grater to grate it into your Turmeric Milk Soaked Oats. And since we’re already using fresh turmeric, let’s use fresh ginger too. It keeps your oats bursting with flavor.
These Turmeric Milk Soaked Oats will make you feel like a glowing goddess (or god) first thing in the morning. They will keep you nourished and satisfied until lunch, I promise! And you’ll crave the subtle sweetness and hint of spice after you’ve tasted them just once, so you should make a double batch to enjoy tomorrow too.
- 1 cup gluten free rolled oats
- 1 Tbs. chia seeds
- 1 tsp. freshly grated turmeric (or ½ tsp of dried turmeric powder)
- ½ tsp. freshly grated ginger (or ¼ tsp. dried ginger powder)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 cinnamon stick (or ½ tsp. cinnamon)
- 1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk
- sweetener of choice*
- 1 Tbs. hemp hearts
- 2 Tbs. chopped nuts and seeds (I use almonds, walnuts and pepitas)
- fresh grapefruit
- banana slices
- In a jar, combine the soaked oat ingredients (not the “topping”). Stir together and let sit in the fridge overnight.
- The next morning, stir the oats then top them with some fresh grapefruit segments, slices of banana, some hemp hearts and nuts and seeds. Enjoy! And don’t eat the cinnamon stick, of course.
- *Sweetener is totally up to you. I sprinkled in ½ tsp. of stevia powder, but I also love using 1 Tbs. of honey or maple here. It just depends on what you love. And if you’d rather top the finished oats with a bit of honey, that’s great too.