FRIEND FRIDAY GUEST POST–Christina Stanley

IMG_0402I’m so excited to introduce my Friend Friday guest post by Christina Stanley!!!!  Christina is a part-time working mama, has her degree in accounting, and is a certified Pilates teacher. Currently, her favorite workout is spinning.  Christina is passionate about traveling and photography (as we can see by her photography skills on this post :).  She is married and has 2 beautiful girls AND is a master at overnight oats.  Christina is going to share with us her recipe for Cinnamon & Vanilla Overnight Oats and I am sooooo excited to try this.  I love me some overnight oats!  Thanks so much Christina for contributing! You’re the BEST!

IMG_0398Cinnamon & Vanilla Overnight Oats

Ingredients:

1 cup old fashioned rolled or quick cut oats
1 scoop vanilla protein powder of your choice
1 tablespoon chia seeds
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup milk of your choice (my favorite is coconut almond milk)
Combine all ingredients in a bowl or jar. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Serve warm or cold. Serves 2.

These overnight oats have taken over breakfast at our house. We were in need of something even faster, and preferably more nutritious, than Lucky Charms and (overly) buttered toast. These are high in protein, fiber, and calcium. They are so easy to mix together the night before, and all the kids have to do in the morning is scoop some into a bowl and viola! Healthy, satisfying breakfast can be achieved in a minute, which is about all the time there is to spare on weekday mornings.

My favorite milk to use is coconut almond milk. The sweet and nutty flavor goes perfectly with oats. If I don’t have coconut almond, my next pick is unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Any kind of milk you prefer/have on hand will work just fine though. I always double the recipe to make sure the 4 of us get enough. They are good in the fridge for up to 2 days. Enjoy!

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