Oatmeal in a Jar
Here's my version on overnight oatmeal. This is a great nutritious breakfast if you are busy as you just combine it the night before, shake it and it's ready to go in the morning. It's also great if you need multiple breakfasts that will be taken at different times, like a busy young family or breakfast for a sleepover. You can even have the children make their own as it is so easy.
Use a 1 quart jar for adults and a 1 pint jar for children. Oatmeal is great for heart health. It is a good source of iron and is rich in fiber. Non-dairy sources such as almond milk are delicious. Cow's milk is one of the most common food allergens. Chia, hemp and flax seeds contain Omega 3s, protein and fiber. Make sure you use ground flax seeds so your body can absorb them. Nuts, raw sunflower and pumpkin seeds are a good source of protein, healthy fats and minerals. Real maple syrup and raw honey are natural sweeteners. If you get your honey locally like Fredrich's Canadian Honey produced in Cedar, BC. You have the added benefit of helping you with your seasonal allergies. These bees are collecting pollen from our local island plants so it will help to build your immunity slowly and naturally.
Ingredients for an Adult Portion (1/2 recipe for kids)
1/2 cup organic oats
1 cup almond/rice or coconut milk
1 Tbs. chia seeds
1 Tbs. hemp seeds
1 Tbs. flax seeds, preferably freshly ground
1 Tbs. nuts (chopped walnuts, almonds, cashews or hazelnuts).
1 Tbs. raw pumpkin and sunflower seeds
1-2 tsp. real maple syrup or raw honey.
Just combine all the ingredients in the jar, shake to mix and store in the refrigerator overnight.
Optional: You can add homemade applesauce and cinnamon. Applesauce provides good fiber from pectin and cinnamon is good for your heart. You can also add some frozen mixed berries at night to the mix.