My savior for long car rides, hiking days, and early race morning, overnight oats are amazingly convenient, easily customized, and delicious. When I’m on a trip where I’m hotel-ing it, I often make a bunch of these, grab an unopened carton of nondairy milk, and hit the road. Then I have several breakfasts or snacks just waiting to be eaten!
You can cram a lot of stuff into overnight oats, so they can be a snack or meal, depending on what you are wanting them for. For example, race morning you may want more carbs and less fat in yours. When you get back to your car after a long trail day, you may want extra protein.
You can fully prep them the night before, or prep a bunch to have ready to go on a whim. (I usually have several ready-made jars in the pantry that just haven’t had the milk or fruit added yet.)
Ultimately, as Meghan Trainor explains, it’s all about that base.
Have that and you can do whatever else you want to make your overnight oats unique to your needs and taste buds!
If you add nothing else, you need those three things. Toss them in a jar, give them a shake, pop in the fridge and they will be ready for you in the morning!
Options to add
1 scoop protein powder
1/3 – ½ cup fruit
1tsp hemp seeds
1 T maple syrup/agave/brown sugar
1T nut butter of choice or PB powder
Cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, etc.
Pre-race nutrition can be hard when you’re traveling, so these are a great way to keep your pre-race breakfast consistent no matter where you are. Milk alternatives are convenient since they can sit out of the fridge for a while, making these easy for road trips and long hike days.
Not that creative?
Here are a few of my favorites and why:
Peanut Butter Banana
Because who doesn’t love PB? Duh. Banana is great prerace to help fight cramping, and PB helps mask the terrible flavor that is banana. Cinnamon is a fun addition for the metabolism and inflammation.
½ cup rolled oats
1T chia seeds
½ a banana, sliced
1T PB powder
1 cup milk alternative
I love having this waiting for me in the car after a long trail run. Blueberries are great post workout, and it’s a quick charge of carbs and protein to help with recovery on my drive home. Hemp seeds are high in magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc to aid in recovery.
Blackberries grow all over Washington State so any excuse to go berry picking, I’m all about! This is great for those mornings I wake up with a sweet tooth, while still keeping macros on point.