Lemon Cream Overnight Oats

Well, Swagsters… this is becoming a pattern. Yet again I greet you with so much gratitude. Thank you all for such a positive response to my previous post. I wrote it for all of us, to bust the myth that makes so many girls (and guys) believe they have to do anything outside of what is true to them in order to achieve success. When you are in line with your true energy, you are in line with universal energy and when you ride that wave, you can only meet happiness, peace and success!

Let’s switch gears a little bit and bring it back to the NOMS.

I have a new recipe for you!

The other day I was looking through my pinterest food board (feel free to follow me here!) And I came across this tofu based lemon cream dessert that I had pinned a while back. As we are still in the full swing of summer (although my mind says, “August?! Let’s think about fall now!”), seeing that made me yearn for something light and delicious.

And then it hit me: Lemon Cream Overnight Oats. What a refreshing way to start the day, right? Well it turns out, that is very right.

summer in a bowl

I took a couple tries to get it right, so now, without further ado, I present to you:

Lemon Cream Protein Overnight Oats

Ingredients (1 serving)

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 packet stevia
  • 2T lemon juice
  • 1T vanilla brown rice protein powder
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 2T chia seeds
  • optional: 1/4 cup berries of choice

Instructions

    For the Base

    • In a blender or food processor, add banana, almond milk, stevia, lemon juice and protein powder. Blend until smooth.
    • If you don’t have or want to use a blender, start by smashing up the banana really well. Next, add the banana to the stevia and protein powder. Finally, add the lemon juice and then, very slowly, add the almond milk, stirring the whole time to avoid clumping.

    Make Them Oats!

    • In a sealable tupperware cup or container, combine oats and chia seeds. Add your base to the top of the dry ingredients, stir until mixed well, cover and place in the refrigerator overnight.
    • In the morning, top with berries and enjoy!

    This recipe is so delicious. It’s light, yet very satisfying. It kept my hunger at bay for 3 hours! I love the convenience of overnight oats too. They take no time at all to prep at night and then in the morning, all you have to do is take them out of the fridge! Once school starts (in 17 days!!!!), I can totally see myself depending on these oats on my early mornings. There’s nothing as awesome as cutting corners in the morning, right? 🙂

    Pretty simple post for you all today, Swagsters. I’m writing to you from the bookstore near my work, but I’m off now to head home, lift some weights and make a meal plan for this coming week!

    I don’t know about you, but I love Mondays!

    How was your weekend?
    What’s your favorite go-to breakfast?

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    the perks of sleeping soundly

    I took it way easy last night. After dinner I pretty much planted myself in bed with my kindle and the rainstorms. As I previously mentioned, my friends and I have started a little book club and our first book is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I’m already about 1/3 of the way through it and holy cow… I have half a mind to call out of work so I can keep reading today. I’ve been completely sucked into this. It’s so good!

    comfy cozy rainstormy night

    I fell asleep a little after 10 and woke up organically this morning, without an alarm at 7. My alarm had been set for 8, though, so I took the time to have a nice long wake up. I laid in bed til about 7:45 doing my morning phone-errands and listening to NPR. It was a total #jadorelavie moment.

    When I got myself out of bed, I was feeling more than ready to workout. Admittedly, I’m a bit sore from yesterday’s return to weight-lifting, but not too sore. The kind of sore that benefits from moving, know what I mean? So I went with the most recent BodyRockTV workout. It was tough, but my joy of being back in my routine helped me push through.

    Last night I also scored a major win. I happened to have a $25 gift card to Overstock, and I’ve really been wanting to get heavier dumbbells for my house. I only have 5lbs right now and those don’t cut it for my weight lifting needs. As much as I enjoy BodyPump classes, working out at home has spoiled me and I would just rather do it on my time instead of the gym’s schedule. So I meandered over to Overstock and scouted things out. I found a set of adjustable dumbbells that max out at 40lbs. Well that’s well more than what I need. After my gift card and using a free trial of the Club O in order to skip shipping, I was going to get these babies for $9.99. Then inspiration struck and I searched the web for Overstock coupon codes. Swagsters… I nabbed this dumbell set for $6.49! I practically feel like I’m an extreme couponer. This is the next step in ridding myself of my gym membership and saving $25 a month. Next on my home gym wishlist is an equalizer, but we’ll give it a bit more time before I invest in that. 🙂

    Speaking of saving money, however, I made my budget system last night! I figured out what I need each month, each week and even each shift at work, assuming I work 5 days a week. It includes bills, rent AND my contribution to the savings Markus and I decided we need to get a new apartment in a year. It is so beyond doable and I’m really excited to get started. Hooray! I feel really empowered now, and really in control of my situation. Such a good feeling. 🙂

    Having all of that figured out was a major contribution to my finally being able to sleep last night. What a relief!

    Last thing before I go: a new breakfast recipe!

    Banana Bread Breakfast Protein Pudding

    Recently I’ve been thinking about trying to omit tofu from my morning breakfast pudding. Now don’t go thinking I’m hopping on the “soy is bad” bandwagon because I am not. I personally think it’s a crock. I love soy-based proteins and I will not shy away from them. Ever. But for the sake of diversity in my diet, I’d like to change it up and free up tofu for other meals during my day. At the same time, I like a nice, thick, creamy breakfast pudding. This yummy breakfast just sort of… happened. I was officially out of silken tofu for the week and, to keep within my budget, I don’t plan on buying more. I did a quick run through of what I had available to me and this meal was born. And it is GOOD. The full recipe is on my ReciPage and so I’ll leave the link for you right … HERE.

    Well that’s it for today, my friends. I hope you all have a great Friday! I’m off to work in a bit and planning to have a nice night in with my Kindle and the Olympics Opening Ceremony!

    Are you reading a book right now that you just can’t put down?

    Do you workout at home or a gym? 

    Do you have any fun weekend plans? Are you going to watch the Olympics?