If you often experience busy mornings, overnight oats for breakfast is one of the most popular answers. You can easily prep them the night before and leave the oats in your refrigerator overnight. Their name is clear: they “cook” overnight in your fridge and are ready for you to pull out in the morning for your breakfast. But beyond their convenience for busy mornings, what do you actually get out of consuming overnight oats? In fact, there are quite a few health benefits of overnight oats. Here is a quick selection of three:
Prolonged Energy and Fullness
Raw oats are quite an effective resistant starch, which means you digest them quite slowly, during which time you will release digestive acids we know suppress appetite and boost how fast you burn calories. Consuming overnight oats in the morning, made from raw oats the night before, makes sure you have a filling breakfast, reducing the chances of overeating later in the day. In addition, their fullness packs a punch and ensures you have a good store of energy to use throughout the day without a significant crash, like you might experience with a sugary cereal.
Nutritious and Delicious
Oats are packed with nutrients, but so too are the delicious mix ins you will often find in recipes for overnights, such as the array of fruits and nuts! These nutrients make for a good, balanced breakfast. The benefit of the mix-ins to your overnight oats? Make your breakfast delicious at the very same time you are helping out your health!
Increased Heart Health
If you prepare your overnight oats in the traditional manner, which includes lemon juice, you can add vitamin C to your oats ability to reduce your overall cholesterol levels through beta-glucan. Working together, and if you eat one bowl of overnight oats each day, you are just about doubling your heart’s overall health. Great, right? Grab a bowl and go!