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Fueling Your Body: Pumpkin Overnight Oatmeal

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Written by: Calista Evraets

blogWith our fast-paced, busy lifestyles, it can be hard to make time to nourish our bodies with healthy foods.  It’s easy to get caught up in the day and miss a meal, or settle for fast food because of time constraints.  This recipe is a great one because it’s easy to prepare in advance for breakfast, or to take along for lunch!

This is the time of year where people seem to go a little pumpkin crazy, but don’t discount the health benefits of this fall food!  Pumpkin is rich in vitamins A and C and beta carotene, has more potassium per serving than a banana, and is high in fiber.  It’s a great addition to your diet, especially when it’s not mixed with a lot of sugar!

Ingredients:
1/4 cup whole oats
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/3 cup milk
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
1 Tbsp Chia seeds (optional)
1 Tbsp chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts taste great in this recipe!)
Dash of cinnamon and cloves
Honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar to sweeten to taste (I use about 1Tbsp maple syrup)

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake well.  Refrigerate at least 6 hours, until all liquid is absorbed.  Will keep 3-4 days in the refrigerator.

One of my favorite things about this recipe is how easy it is to customize.  As long as you keep the fruit, milk, oat, and yogurt ratios about the same, you can change it with what fruit is in season, or what you have on hand at home.  If pumpkin isn’t your thing, try omitting the spices and throwing in fresh or frozen berries instead!  Applesauce also makes an easy fruit replacement.  If you don’t do dairy, you can use coconut yogurt with a non-dairy milk option!  The combinations are nearly endless!

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