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I am quickly turning into a one-trick pony: energy bite, overnight oatmeal, talk about Portland… okay, make that a three trick pony. Here is another recipe for breakfast – blueberry and fig overnight oatmeal.
Last year I discovered that I liked figs. No, make that I discovered that I loved figs. I had just finished a juice cleanse (Blue Print Cleanse, in case you were wondering) and was slowly reintroducing foods back into my diet. I think dried fruit was allowed day one or day two and I just so happened to be in Palm Springs on a photo shoot for work. For some reason there were bowls of dried fruit and I more or less ate probably a pound a day since I couldn’t have real sugar. How I didn’t have a sugar seizure, I’ll never know.
Overnight oatmeal has been my go-to breakfast this summer. The worst part of my day is when I know I’m almost done with the jar. Overnight oats are insanely easy to make – I’ll make 3 or 4 days worth as a time – then just add toppings in the morning or the night before. They are really the only quick take-to-work breakfast I’ve found that actually keeps me full. As much as I love smoothies, I tend to be hungry pretty quickly after. My body just needs complex carbs like oatmeal in the morning. #runnerproblems, right?
I actually ate this (and photographed it!) before my Saturday long run. Sometimes I get SO HUNGRY from the very get go, but I felt really good my entire run, so if you’re training for a fall race, maybe give this a shot for breakfast. Some people don’t eat before long runs (and I’m so jealous) but I seriously fuel up.
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ⅓ cup 0% fat Greek Yogurt
- ¾ cup milk of choice
- ¼ cup fresh blueberries
- ½ scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 figs, chopped
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Mix protein powder into Greek Yogurt and set aside.
- Mix oats, chia seeds and cinnamon in a jar or airtight container.
- Add milk to oat mixture and mix well.
- Add Greek Yogurt to oat and milk mixture and mix well.
- Let sit overnight.
- In the morning, top with fresh blueberries and chopped figs.