It doesn’t matter what “diet” you follow, (or lifestyle, as I like to call it) I truly believe that the base of any healthy diet is plants. That means fruits and vegetables. Whether you are a meat eater, gluten-free, vegan, or vegetarian, plants should be a large part of your lifestyle. It’s all about the plants.
Why Are Plants Important?
Plants give us 99% of the nutrients we need to live healthfully. In order to get all of the nutritious plants into our bodies, we should also try to incorporate plants into our breakfasts. Whether it be a green juice, a smoothie, or a big bowl of fruit – do what it takes to make plants part of your meal.
Carrot Cake Overnight Oats are a fantastic way to help you start your day with a serving of fruits and vegetable. Plus they’re delicious! You will never even know that there are carrots in these oats; they taste like dessert.
Start the Day With Whole Grains
Getting whole grains like oat groats in the morning is super important. Feeling hungry after you eat breakfast? Or tired? You’re likely that you’re eating too light of a breakfast. Food is our energy. Food is fuel. Adding some grains will give you great fiber and brain-feeding carbs. Overnight oats will help you stay full and energized.
Keep your carbs healthy and keep them whole. Ditch the refined grains. Avoid breakfast foods that provide little nutrients like bagels, boxed sugary cereal, donuts, and instant oatmeal packets. These kinds of foods are not much quicker to prepare than overnight oats, and they only leave you tired and hungry.
There are a number of different ways to prepare overnight oats. What are some of your favorite mixes? Let me know what you think of my Carrot Cake Overnight Oats!
- ¼ cup oat groats
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- 2 dates, pitted
- ½ banana, peeled
- 1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, ground
- ¼ teaspoon ginger, ground
- pinch cloves, ground
- ¾ cup milk of choice (more or less depending on the thickness you like)
- 2 Tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
- 2 Tablespoons chopped walnuts
- 2 Tablespoons raisins or dried currants
- Add the oats to a 16 oz jar.
- Blend dates, banana, carrot, spices, and milk in a blender until pureed.
- Top with coconut, nuts, and dried fruit.
- Store in the fridge overnight, covered (or at least a few hours).