Everyone knows about our fascination or rather, fixation over eggs for breakfast. Breakfast has to have eggs in some form. However, this summer has been especially trying in terms of managing heat and the appetite. There are days when I wake up with an urge to have something cool and soothing. The easy solution is always a breakfast smoothie but I have been hearing and reading about overnight oats bowl, overnight chia seed pudding and so on, for sometime now. I had never given it a thought to try, knowing fully well that no one else in the family would even dip their finger in these healthy bowls.
Eggs or overnight oats bowl for breakfast?
One fine day, the news of my cousin’s wedding in 2020 came by and it hit upon us so start on a healthy diet. That was the point of entry for the overnight oats bowl for breakfast. All I had to tell Anindya is that it is healthy and packed with proteins and fibre and a lot of other goodness. Additionally, overnight oats bowl keeps the tummy full for a longer period of time. No doubt, there cannot be anything better than eggs for breakfast, but now I had a few other options up my sleeve to try every morning.
How do you like to eat your oats? Cooked oats, porridge, flavoured oats, savoury oats, oats khichdi or overnight oats bowl?
Personally, I cannot stand oats. I simply detest the slimy gluggy feel in my mouth when oats is cooked in the form of a porridge. Traditionally, over the years, we have been eating oats only that way. It was in Cardiff in 2002, that I chanced upon flavoured quaker oats, which were slightly better than the plain jane variety. Eventually Quaker oats came to India but the ‘angrezi’ flavours did not work in the long term. Instead, Saffola came out with masala oats and many other Indian flavoured savoury oats, which are infinitely better than plain oats. Having said that, cooked oats would always remain at the bottom of my breakfast list. Overnight oats bowl is a whole different technique and the resulting taste is mind blowing, atleast for me. It tastes like a refreshing dessert. Throw in some chia seed and it has a similar texture and taste of a sabu makha (a mash of sabudana/sagoo with coconut, milk, banana and other fruits, usually during some religious fasting).
You can add whatever topping you like to an overnight oats bowl.
You can experiment with flavours and texture. You can add whatever fresh fruits, syrups, powders you want, to jazz up the overnight oats bowl. In this recipe, I have tried to keep it very simple. I have added a couple of superfoods like flaxseed and chia seed. It’s been a year or so that I keep flax seed and chia seed at home and try to include them in our daily food intake in some form or the other. Both Flax seed and chia seed are supposed to have multiple health benefits from improving cholestrol to lowering of blood sugar, reducing cancer risk, losing weight and many more. They are high in omega 3 fatty acids, dietary fibre and both are high quality protein. When these superfoods are coupled with oats, which again is a high source of fibre and anti oxidants among other nutrients, the overnight oats bowl becomes power packed with nutrition.
Oatmeal is one of the healthiest breakfast staple
It is very easy to make an overnight oats bowl and anyone can do it. The night before, you will have to soak the oats in milk or soy milk, almond milk or coconut milk or any milk of your choice along with some flax seed, chia seed, salt and honey. You need to stir and mix everything properly and keep it in a covered container in the refrigerator for the night. Just before having breakfast, take the bowl out of the refrigerator, give it all a good stir and add more milk or yogurt if you like. Top with whatever fresh fruits or dry fruits or nuts of your choice. It is that simple.
Anindya likes this version of overnight oats bowl. He is a picky eater and does not like healthy food at all. I have given this to him thrice and he hasn’t refused yet. So I am guessing, it sits well with his taste.
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