Healthy weekday breakfast for busy mornings
Hello September! 🍂 Many of us are getting back into some kind of routine. A quick and easy healthy weekday breakfast on the go for busy mornings is essential.
With autumn at our door step, this is also a great time to start transitioning our diets. There are so many benefits for eating seasonally: food in season taste better, are more nutrient-dense, cost less, travelled less distance (better for the environment!), and when you get your seasonal produce from a CSA box or local farmer’s market, you’re support your local community!
My good friend Jennifer, a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Health Coach, at Eat for Living, shares a grab ’n go breakfast/snack with what’s in peak season right now: Apple (which, BTW, is full of vitamins, antioxidants, and a good dose of fibre).
Apple & Cinnamon Overnight Oats
Here’s what you need:
- 1 cup rolled oats (not the quick cooking)
- 1 1/2 cups canned, full fat coconut milk
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 apple, cored and diced (leave the peel on)
- 1 banana (I like to mash 1/2 and slice the other half)
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries or raisins
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 4 teaspoons maple syrup (1 teaspoon drizzled over each jar)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
Here’s what you do:
Line up 4 small mason jars on the counter.
In a small bowl, whisk together the oats, coconut milk, chia seeds, the mashed banana, cinnamon and vanilla.
Arrange your jars and layer with the following ingredients:
- a slice or two of banana
- some diced apple
- dried cranberries or raisins
- a teaspoon of almond butter
- and then an inch or two of your wet ingredients
- repeat your layers and top with apples, sprinkle a little cinnamon and drizzle with maple syrup.
Leave a small gap at the top of the jar as the oats will expand as they soak up the coconut milk.
You’ve just made a week's worth of breakfasts in under 15 minutes!
Cover and store in the fridge overnight or for at least 6 hours. They will keep for 4 days in the refrigerator.
Side note: Apples happen to be on the “Dirty Dozen” list, meaning that they have been sprayed with high levels of pesticides, so choose organic if you can. If you are sensitive to gluten, be sure to purchase certified gluten free rolled oats.
The warm cozy scent of cinnamon whispers autumn in the air. Check out JOY (with Sweet Orange and Cinnamon essential oils):
Bring the fall season into your daily ritual. ❤️
Special thanks to Jennifer Lloyd, RHN CHHC for sharing her delicious recipe.
Long before she started Eat For Living, Jennifer Lloyd had an insatiable curiosity for holistic health, alternative medicine and 'kitchen creativity'. Today, as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist with a focus on Gut Health, she has infused her passion for health into her programs, workshops and classes.
Jennifer is a self-confessed food geek who loves researching and finding ways to integrate nutrition and lifestyle choices into practical, easy habits for a vibrant, healthy life.
She inspires her clients with a refreshing approach to health, one that is designed to take the overwhelm out of healthy and to put the back into food!