20140510-001156.jpg“Many reasons to start eating healthy oat meal porridge”

It has been in trend to make overnight oat meal for breakfast in the breastfeeding community, but I have more reasons to start having it on daily basis. Not only for increasing break milk supply, I need this healthy low-fat meal to kick start my dieting plan, too.

However, as many would agree, who likes oat porridge?! So many people, including myself, were having this impression that oat meal is for the sick patient, and it taste yucky…. but but, let me tell you now, it’s not true!

If you are curious why overnight? It’s because we aren’t using instant oat which can be soften straight by adding water. This recipe requires rolled oat which needed to be cooked. However, we don’t cook the oat here, but to soak in milk and store overnight to yield the soft texture. That’s the reason for overnight. Oh well, rolled oat was seemed to coarse for my palate, I used quick-cook rolled oat, a medium-sized oat between fine instant oat and whole rolled oat, as my personal preference. Ya… So far so good.

Anyway, this is my version of overnight oat, after many nights of experimenting to reach the best texture and tasty flavour.

20140510-001221.jpgTry the recipe, and you would be impressed.

Serves 1-2
Ingredients
4 heaping tablespoons of rolled oat (or quick oat)
4 tablespoons of Greek yogurt (with or without honey)
1 cup of non-fat milk (or good enough to fill up the jar used)
1 tablespoon of Chia seeds
1 tablespoon of brown flaxseed meal
1 teaspoon of soy-lecithin

Toppings for:
Crunchy Apple flavor
1 tablespoon of mixed nuts
1 peeled, cored and diced apple

OR

Chocolate Banana flavor
1 – 2 tablespoons of Cocoa powder (or Milo powder)
1 banana, sliced

Method
(1) Prepare a glass jar (about 500-600ml capacity). Add oat into a glass jar. Pour a portion of milk (until it covers the oat).

(2) Add Chia seeds, flaxseed meal and lecithin, followed by yogurt.

(3) Add mixed nuts and fruits. Pour in the remaining milk. (If choose chocolate banana flavor, add cocoa powder now.)

(4) Use a spoon to mix all ingredients until well combined. Stir gently. Cover up jar and store in refrigerator overnight.

20140510-001209.jpgNote:
Chia seeds are rich in plant-based Omega 3 fatty acid.

Flaxseed is high in fiber, Omega 3 fatty acid, B-vitamins and low carb.

Soy Lecithin promotes weight loss, improves brain function, low in cholesterol, and for breastfeeding mum, it helps in prevent block duct.

There are too much for me to say about the benefits of these goodness, but for sure, they are for your brain, and body figure. :)

P/S: It does increase my yield for eating this oat meal, indeed. But again, I shall say it’s all depends on individual body, too. I also did feel fuller for longer time with this food, and hence, reduced my hunger pang (aka cut down on food intake!).

20140510-001228.jpgA portion of the overnight oat meal counts less than 300kcal.

Tips: I preferred to use: quick oat, Greek yogurt with honey, Milo powder.
* Top with more fresh fruits when serve.
* These two flavors are my favorite, so far, but fruit toppings are exchangeable to your choice. Try blueberries, avocado, mango and etc.
* Amount of each ingredient is always adjustable, depending on your preference. If you like it more viscous consistency, reduce milk. If you like it more watery, use plain yogurt instead of Greek. If you like it more gel-like consistency, add more Chia seeds.
* All ingredients are available in Cold Storage supermarket.
** Storage of overnight oat: 2-4 days.