When January first rolled around, like many do, I made a New Year’s Resolution. It wasn’t to lose weight or go to the gym more often but rather just to overall make healthier food decisions. I like to think of myself as generally a healthy eater to begin with so this resolution wasn’t completely foreign which was really great because it meant I could probably stick to it. I also really wanted to alter my sugar intake. Being that I have always eaten somewhat healthy, I have often fallen victim to the low-calorie snack packs and low fat yogurt. What I have been slowly learning is that though these foods may be low in calories, they really are not good for you at all. So, I have been trying to avoid foods with added sugars and processed foods, as well as make a conscious effort to eat more fruits and vegetables. A snack that was once a Special K bar is now cucumber and hummus. Low-fat yogurt is now Greek yogurt with a drop of honey.
One of my go-to breakfasts of late has been this whole concept of breakfast in a jar. And it’s so easy to make. You get a mason jar, add oats, milk (or soy), some protein (like peanut butter or almond butter), some fruit, stick it in the fridge overnight and you’re done. I Pinned a bunch of recipes but I didn’t have all of the ingredients needed in my home at the time I wanted to make it, so I experimented with what I had and made my own concoction. Let’s just say I am borderline obsessed.
- Quick Oats – 1/2 cup
- Milk (skim, soy, almond) – 1/3 cup
- Greek Yogurt – 1 tbsp.
- Almond Butter – 1 tbsp.
- Honey – 1/2 tbsp.
- Sliced Banana – preference as to how much you add. I usually only put in 1/4 of the banana
- Add the quick oats and milk into the mason jar and give it a quick stir.
- Measure the Greek yogurt, almond butter and honey and add it to the jar. Stir again.
- Cut up your banana and add it to the mix. Stir if desired.
- Seal up the jar and place it in the fridge.