I never thought I’d be one to jump on the overnight oats trend. But here I am, about a year since it hit Pinterest, chatting overnight oats and my morning routine.
I was asked by Rachel’s Organic to share my morning tips with you all. So first up let’s just start here, I wasn’t a morning person at all until recently and I believe sticking to a few key things in the morning has helped me.
Whether it’s making breakfast the night before (see my Overnight Oats recipe below) or just planning out your next day, preparation is key. Mr W and I have a joint calendar so we know if we’re both out or one of us is out the next day so meals are easily planned. I pack my bag every evening and sort out the kitchen so it’s easy to make lunch in the morning. I’ve also taken to making overnight oats because I don’t have to worry about much apart from making a morning cuppa when I wake up. Plus they’re super quick to make.
2- Stick to your alarm
Now I know this is getting harder now our mornings are getting darker. But not clicking snooze stops me from a) falling back asleep b) feeling like shit and c) being late for a train to work. Living in the sticks means if I miss my train I’d be very late to work so I have to get up.
Having a hot shower with a refreshing lemony shower gel gets me going in the morning. I tend to shower after waking up as it means I’m more awake for breakfast after. I save baths for relaxing Self Care Sundays instead.
4- Don’t panic
If you can’t make lunch or run out of time to sort something, don’t panic. Do what you can but don’t stress, stress in the morning isn’t worth it and can set your day up all wrong. Adjust your alarm clock for the next day if you could do with more time to get things done.
5- Make overnight oats
Packed with protein and super tasty I swear this simple recipe has been helpful in my morning routine. See my recipe below on how to make!
- 50 g Dorset Cereal's Bircher Muesli
- 70 ml Milk/water combined 50/50 or Soya milk
- 50 g Rachel's Organic Greek Style yogurt
- Fruit to serve
Put your oats in a jar or bowl.
Add the milk/water and stir into the oats.
Cover with the yogurt and leave overnight.
When you're ready to eat stir in the yogurt and serve with fruit.
Rachel’s Organic have recently released a range of morning yogurt pots with granola. These are useful for breakfasts on the go! They also have a wonderful range of Greek style yogurt- perfect for overnight oats. There’s also a low fat Caramel Latte yogurt (sadly I haven’t been able to find to try yet!) They also suggest using a Nutribullet smoothie maker to make yogurt based smoothies in the morning to help you get up-check out their recipes. This is something I most definitely need to try – my favourite smoothie recipe would definitely be improved with a blob of yogurt!
What’s your morning routine? Do you have any tips for me? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. Thanks to Rachel’s Organic for the yogurt to help with recipe development. As ever all words, opinions and photos are my own.