Enjoy every minute of your day off this Labor Day by making a scrumptious breakfast of Overnight Oats the night before your labor free holiday. This is a perfect opportunity for the kiddos to learn how tasty healthy foods are, so get the whole family involved and enjoy these breakfast treats on Labor Day or any day in the future!

What are Over Night Oats?

Over Night Oats are a savory, delicious, healthy breakfast treat totally customizable to meet the needs of your entire family.  The results of combining rolled oats, chia seeds, Greek yogurt, and almond milk into a jar or bowl over night or a minimum of (6 hours) creates a rich base of fiber filled goodness. You can add a variety of nuts, fruits, and other natural ingredients for even more flavor and nutritional value. Check out the recipe below for an idea on “Light on the Labor” Overnight Oats.

Healthy Overnight Oatmeal Recipe

Santa Rita Ranch
Recipe from: Jeanette’s Healthy Living

Ingredients
2½ cups oatmeal
2½ cups soy milk or other non-dairy milk
5 tablespoons chia seeds
5 tablespoons maple syrup
1¼ teaspoons vanilla

Toppings
2½ cups fresh fruit
5 tablespoons toasted nuts

Instructions:
Scoop ½ cup oatmeal into each of 5 mason jars (I used ½ pint jars).
Add ½ cup milk, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, and ¼ teaspoon vanilla to each jar.
Stir contents of each jar; cover and refrigerate overnight.
Top each jar with ½ cup of fruit and 1 tablespoon of nuts.

Overnight Oats can be prepared in many different ways depending on what ingredients you have on hand and based on taste/ nutritional preferences. Check out other healthy things to add to your oats below! This yummy recipe yields 5 servings and takes only 15 minutes to make!

Add-ins! (Pick different toppings based on preference and nutrition)

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Nuts:
Nuts are a great source of energy, rich in omega- 3 fatty acids, full of antioxidants, vitamins, & minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, fluoride and selenium. Your mind and body will benefit from adding a handful of nuts to your Overnight Oats. Nut butters can also be added to your Overnight Oats—try Almond Butter or Peanut Butter!

Fruit:

Apples:
Apples are low in calories, but HIGH in nutrients and anti- oxidants. Add a bit of this crunchy nutrient rich fruit to your Overnight Oats and benefit from the Vitamin C and Beta Carotene that help your body resist against infection.

Bananas:
Bananas are a great addition to your OVERNIGHT OATS; they are low in cost, high in nutritional value, and pair well with other healthy add-ins. Bananas are a good source of soluble dietary fiber, vitamin- B6, vitamin C. Bananas also provide adequate levels of minerals like copper, magnesium, and manganese

Berries: Blueberries, Strawberries, Blackberries, and Raspberries
Fresh berries are an excellent source of Vitamin C, are rich in B vitamins, and are low in calories. Add a handful of berries to your OVERNIGHT OATSs for added sweetness and beautiful colors.

Flavor: Add some healthy enhancements to your Overnight Oats

-Add a pinch of cinnamon
-Agave Nectar
– Honey
-Nut Butter