This week is one of those weeks where there is barely a moment to breath; I’m moving house, starting a new job, and two new exciting work opportunities have presented themselves to me. I’ve been buzzing around with a slight nervous tension, but I’m happy, fulfilled and doing what I love; I can remember a year ago, wishing for this to be my situation- in the words of my grandmother, “When it rains it pours”.
When life gets hectic priorities shift, meals that were once carefully planned out make way for rushed recipes with speed and convenience in mind; but this does not mean that junk and nasty convenience food should be the contingency plan.
Stress, whether good or bad, runs our bodies down, which affects our immunity and if we aren’t eating properly we compound this effect; and living in a city where -25 degrees Celsius is a common occurrence, my immunity takes top priority. Now, oatmeal should have a place on your favorite foods list, why? Well, let’s start with the fiber. Oats, simply put, are a great source of fiber and contain a beautiful mix of both essential kinds (55% soluble and 45% insoluble); but it’s the soluble fiber, also known as beta-glucan, that is responsible for the nutritional accolades that oats very proudly boast.
Beta- glucan supercharges the body’s immune system by improving its response to bacterial infection. Oatmeal, overnight oats and other recipes using oats tend to be low on the glycemic index and won’t contribute to a blood sugar spike; and if that weren’t enough to make you an oats evangelist, oats contain a polyphenol that is believed to have anti-inflammatory and heart healthy properties.
Overnight oats have been my savior this week, as I appreciate their casual nature; all they require is some assembly the night before and the next day, after the ingredients have taken some time to get to know each other, a heart healthy, immune boosting breakfast is ready to consume!
If you follow my Instagram or my Facebook page, I shared with you my lavender cupcakes; and now that I have a giant bag of lavender flowers, I have become obsessed with putting a lovely floral accent on everything that I make. Smoothie, coffee, cupcakes and, of course, overnight oats!
It’s very important to choose the right oats when making overnight oats; please do not bastardize this beautiful recipe with those worthless packs of instant oatmeal. Use rolled oats, they’re old fashioned, thick and less processed, because only the best will do! You may be inclined to question this notion of overnight oat, as those package instructions tell you to cook your oats 20 minutes; but trust me overnight oats are raw, living food that will energize you to your core.
Healthy convenience food; yup, lavender infused overnight oats are a do!
Lavender Overnight Oats
½ cup large flake rolled oats
¾ cup almond milk
1 tbsp black chia seeds
1 tsp dried lavender leaves**
¼ cup coconut water
2 tbsp greek yogurt (coconut yogurt for the vegans)
2 tbsp coconut sugar
In a glass mason jar, combine all the ingredients, stirring to ensure they are well incorporated. Place in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours, and enjoy.
Can be served cold, or warmed for your enjoyment.
**a heavy hand with the lavender will make your overnight oats taste like the secret garden, so be careful with your amounts.