Breakfast, my favorite meal of the day
If you asked any of my work buddies what Nicole has for breakfast every day at work, they might not tell you exactly what it is but they can tell you I’d be eating it out of mason jar most mornings.
Overnight oats were my staple for months and months before we set off on our trip, and funnily enough I seem to have started a cult following as slowly similar jar scooping individuals started popping up around the office. Now don’t get me wrong I didn’t invent this delicious delicacy myself but I did create my own recipe that worked for me and that I basically stuck to for another 6 months. My recipe below – enjoy!
Now I have strong hopes that OOIAJ (Overnight oats in a jar), and I will meet again in the near future since surely I can carry around oats/nuts/cinnamon etc. in my pack and purchase yoghurt and fruit as we go during these 6 months of travel? I mean how is that for a MST (Money saving tip). However being familiar with tourism in South East Asia I am well aware that breakfast tends to be included in the room price meaning preparing a second breakfast each morning is more like a MWT (Money wastage tip), and there you have it, that age old conundrum healthy = expensive, less healthy = cheap.
The breakfast menus in SEA change so drastically from accommodation to accommodation and you really don’t know what will be on offer until you roll up between 7-9.30am to find out whether you’ll be indulging in a fried egg and a slice of sugary white bread, a bowl of watery rice soup or a full buffet where you can take your pick ensuring you make the best choices to fuel your body for the rest of the day.
My hope for our time in Asia is when an egg is on offer boiled is an option, fresh fruit (without a sprinkling of sugar for flavor) and plain yoghurt will be on the menu. My thoughts are also going towards beginning to drink my coffee black as unless I intend on packing a nut bag – almond milk will more likely than not be on the menu.
Overnight Oats (in a jar) Recipe:
- 1/3 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 large sliced banana
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 2/3 cup almond milk
- 1 heaped tbsp plain yoghurt ( I use Jalna, fat free plain)
- 8 almonds
- 8 blueberries
- 1 tsp goji berries
- Optional: sweetener ( I use a few drops of liquid Stevia)