Hey there! Long time no see. So I have a confession…I may have left all of you hanging for the last two years, and for that I am terribly sorry.  To help make up for it I will share some of the things that have happened between then and now. I believe I left off the summer before my last semester of my undergrad.

Summer 2015: Began DICAS application. For those of you who may not know what this is, DICAS is the online application that must be submitted in order to (hopefully) get a dietetic internship. In order to become a Registered Dietitian you must complete a bachelor’s degree from an accredited program, complete a dietetic internship, and last but certainly not least, pass a national exam.

November 2015: Found out I matched with The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Dietetic Internship. Woohoo!!!

December 2015: Graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Food Science and Nutrition.

January 2016: Moved to Oklahoma to begin my 8 month dietetic internship.

September 2016: Graduated from my dietetic internship and also began graduate school.

October 2016: Started my first job as a clinical dietitian, began studying for my RD exam while also working on graduate classes.

November 2016:  PASSED MY RD EXAM!!!!

December 2016-present: Loving my job, working on school, spending time with family and friends, traveling, and trying out new recipes!

As a Registered Dietitian, I love food. I think it’s safe to say that if I’m not eating food, I’m definitely thinking about food. Breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day, but life has a funny way of making mornings a little hectic. Between getting yourself up and out of bed, taking your fur-babies outside before work (if you have them), or getting your actual babies up and ready for the day, having time to make a half-decent breakfast falls through the cracks. Mornings are hard, but that is no reason to miss out on breakfast, especially since we all need that extra boost to help get us going for the day. Studies have shown time and time again that eating breakfast in the morning  helps get our metabolism going – meaning breakfast helps get our bodies movin and a groovin – and it also helps ward off that ravenous hunger we feel when we haven’t eating for some time.

My go to in the mornings is overnight oatmeal. There are a variety of ways you can prepare overnight oatmeal, but these two recipes are my favorites because they incorporates fruit, whole grains, dairy, omega-3’s from the chia seeds, and incredible flavor. The nice thing about overnight oats is that you can prepare 2-3 servings at once and have breakfast ready to go for the next 2-3 days. You can add variety by using different fruits, adding peanut butter, or different spices such as cinnamon. Also, if you prefer a warm breakfast, simply pop the jar – without the lid of course – into the microwave for about a minute. However, if you use yogurt in your recipe I don’t recommend you warm it up, but if you’re only using milk then feel free to warm it on up! And there you have it! The closest thing to an instant breakfast!

Because there are so many different ways to make overnight oats I have included the recipes for two of my favorites.  Enjoy!

Blueberry Overnight Oats

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/3 cup yogurt
  • 1/2 Tbs chia seeds
  • Handful of blueberries
  • Sweeten to taste with your choice of sweetener (I used ~1/4 tsp of liquid Stevia)
  • 1 16 oz Mason jar with lid

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients into Mason jar. Screw on the lid and shake until all ingredients are mixed together.

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2. Store in refrigerator overnight.

3. In the morning simply take Mason jar out of refrigerator and enjoy in a variety of ways! You may eat them straight out of the jar, warm up in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or pour oats, hot or cold, into a bowl. The options are endless!

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Peanut Butter and Banana Overnight Oats

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbs PB2 powder – you can also use regular peanut butter.
  • 2/3 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • 1 Tbs chia seeds
  • 1/2 banana
  • Sweeten to taste with your choice of sweetener (I used ~1/4 tsp of liquid Stevia)
  • 1 16 oz Mason jar with lid

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients – except for the banana – into Mason jar. Screw on the lid and shake until all ingredients are mixed together.
  2. Store in refrigerator overnight.
  3. In the morning remove Mason jar from refrigerator and slice banana onto oats. You may eat the oats straight out of the jar, warm up in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute (if warming up this recipe I would add the sliced banana after heating), or pour oats, hot or cold, into a bowl and enjoy!

These are two of the many varieties of overnight oats! Feel free to experiment with different textures and flavors by changing the type of oat (steel cut or instant) or even changing up the type of fruit! If you’d like please leave a comment on your favorite overnight oats recipe!