The holidays are in full swing. As we dash and prance from one holiday party to the next, we are surrounded by decadent delectables calling us, daunting us, alluring us until we succumb to the temptations and say to ourselves, “Oh! I gotta try that!”
Years ago, I taught a series of weight management classes where we covered strategies for handling the holidays without overeating. One tip was to not under-eat the day of the party because inevitably we arrive at the party starving and snarf everything in site! Instead it’s best to eat healthy meals throughout the day knowing full well that our healthy-for-me meter will go out the door the second we eye the buffet table.
This Refrigerator Oatmeal can be made a day ahead and is the perfect pre-party breakfast. It is made with all good-for-you ingredients: Greek yogurt, oats, honey, fruit, milk, and chia seeds, those poppy seed look-alikes that have gained popularity. These cool little seeds are a good source of plant protein and omega-3 fatty acids, the good kind of fat known to reduce internal inflammation and boost heart health. Chia seeds are also super high in fiber: 1 tablespoon contains 6 grams! With the high fiber of the chia seeds, oats and fruit, and the probiotics in the Greek yogurt, your GI tract will be smooth sailing through the holidays right into the New Year!
Chunky Monkey Refrigerator Oatmeal
- 1/4 cup rolled oats (Shirk's Country Market, Centertown, MO)
- 1/3 cup Chobani Vanilla Chocolate Chunk Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup skim milk
- 1 Tbsp. honey (Bekemeier's, Neosho, MO)
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
- 1/2 sliced banana
- In a jar with a lid, add all of the ingredients.
- Screw on lid, shake well and refrigerate for at least 8 hours. Enjoy chilled.