Before anything, I’m really sorry for the crappy picture quality I have going on here. .No excuses. It just is what it is. I make my oats in the evening around 8, so this is just what worked for me. (edit… updated pictures were added October 2013.)
Overnight oats have definitely been a thing in our household. Between rushing out the door in the morning and getting ready for work at the gym, we’re not left with a lot of time for breakfast.
I’m always trying to come up with some new ideas on flavor combinations, and I think this one is my favorite, with the Pina Colada variety a close second. When I first decided to make a pumpkin chocolate chip flavored oatmeal, I did it purely for the taste. My honey then reminded how healthy pumpkin is for you. That’s something I tend to forget. Obviously, once we add all the sugar, eggs, and pie crust to it during Thanksgiving time, it starts to lose it’s healthy attributes.
Pumpkin is full of a ton of vitamins such as:
- Vitamins C and E
- Pantothenic acid
On top of all that, pumpkin offers protection from many things we worry about today.
According to Livestrong.com , pumpkin contains a protein-bound polysaccharide that is reported to actually increase the level of insulin in the bloodstream, which helps lower blood sugar.
Located in pumpkin seeds and pumpkin oils are omega-3 fatty acids, , including alpha-linolenic acid or ALA, which support cardiac health. ALA in pumpkin seeds and pumpkin reduces cardiac death by preventing heart attacks
Pumpkins, along with other winter squash, contain compounds called cucurbitacins. These compounds have proven to be effective at slowing the development and growth of cancerous tumors of the breast, colon, lung and central nervous system.
With all these welcome benefits, I think we can all agree that pumpkin is a tasty and healthy food that I think we should try to remember to incorporate into our regular diets. In this particular recipe, I absolutely love the added crunch of the few chocolate chips I throw in there. Of course, you could use cocoa nibs or anything else that tickles your fancy.
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1/3 cup pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon flax seeds
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- dash or two cinnamon
- Tablespoon of chocolate chips or cocoa nibs
- milk of your choice (low fat, soy, almond, coconut, etc) - enough to cover ingredients
Combine oats, yogurt, protein powder, pumpkin, chia seeds, flax seeds, cinnamon and honey into a jar. Top with milk to cover ingredients and sprinkle chocolate chips on top.
Leave in refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Shake to combine all ingredients. Add more milk if desired.
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