Overnight Triple Berry Oatmeal is a protein and calcium packed breakfast that is perfect for back-to-school or an on-the go snack. Oats are soaked overnight with milk and Greek yogurt and paired with three berries: blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. You can’t beat a quick and easy breakfast that also tastes delicious!
I am excited to be partnering with the American Dairy Association of the Mideast to bring you today’s Overnight Triple Berry Oatmeal. This is the perfect, healthy start to your child’s back-to-school routine. But don’t worry, kids aren’t the only ones who love overnight oats. 😉
Can you guys believe we are already talking about back-to-school? In Cleveland we start August 15th. That is just crazy! I feel like summer just started and now I have a kindergartener. I feel like Will was just born and suddenly he is 6 and off to Kindergarten. Someone tell me that time slows down?
As we start school I know that things get pretty crazy in my house, and I imagine that is the case for others too. After a lazy, relaxed summer it is hard for my kids to get back into the routine of getting up and getting out of the door. Breakfast is the most important meal of the deal, so I always make sure they are getting a healthy, filling start to their day. This Overnight Triple Berry Oatmeal is the perfect way to kick off the school year.
Have you jumped on the overnight oats bandwagon?
We love them in my house because they are so darn easy. You literally put your ingredients into a mason jar, seal it up, put it in the fridge and breakfast is ready when you wake up. Overnight oats are so customizable depending on your likes and preferences. If you want a protein packed breakfast, today’s oats are for you. This recipe will help keep you full and give you energy to get through that busy morning. The kids love these and they are sure to fill their bellies and give them that important, healthy start to their school day.
I like to use regular oats but you can use steel cut oats too, just expect a chewier texture. I also used milk and reduced-fat plain Greek yogurt in this recipe to soak into the oats and help them soften overnight.
This Overnight Triple Berry Oatmeal isn’t just for school. It makes a really great on-the-go breakfast for work or a quick, healthy snack. I love keeping a few jars of this in my fridge and grabbing it when I am in need of a pick-me-up. My kids love adding toppings to theirs in the morning. I set out things like walnuts, pecans, shredded coconut, fresh berries, bananas, honey and chia seeds and let them have fun. Kids often enjoy being hands on with their food and this gives them a chance to participate in the creation of a healthy meal.
As we start school I have made it my goal to prioritize breakfast each day. If we all plan ahead with meals like Overnight Triple Berry Oatmeal we can help our children set a good, strong foundation at the start of their day. Kids need energy to last them all morning and encourage them to learn and have fun at school. Cheers to healthy and delicious breakfasts!
Here are a few facts about dairy that you might find helpful as you start planning your children’s back-to-school meals, especially breakfast and lunch! I especially like number 4 and 6!
- Milk is the No. 1 food source of calcium and vitamin D in children’s diets. Experts recommend 3 servings of low fat or fat-free dairy foods every day, yet most of us need to add 1 daily serving of nutrient-rich dairy to help meet recommendations.
- Dairy foods are a tasty, convenient and cost-effective way to power up with protein throughout the day. One serving of milk, cheese or yogurt provides nine essential nutrients, including eight grams of high quality protein.
- Confused by all the “milks” in the dairy case at the grocery store? Not all “milk” is created equal. Watch this quick, fun video to learn about the nutritional differences between cow’s milk and “milks” like soy, almond and coconut. Decoding the dairy case may change the way you shop for milk!
- Kids who drink milk when they are young are more likely to drink milk as adults. Lifelong milk drinking is linked to stronger bones, a healthier heart and less chance of developing diabetes.
- Chocolate milk is the most popular milk choice in schools. Drinking chocolate and strawberry milk in can help children get their three servings of milk every day. Flavored milk has the same 9 essential nutrients as white milk, and kids will often drink more when it’s flavored. Chocolate and strawberry milk contribute only 4% of added sugar to kids’ diets – that’s just .8 of a teaspoon, compared to an average of 7.5 teaspoons of added sugar in beverages like soda and sports drinks.
- School breakfast ensures a nutritious start every day, and expanding breakfast outside the cafeteria is a great way to capture breakfast skippers from all socio-economic levels. Research shows improved nutrition — starting with breakfast — coupled with increased physical activity may lead to improved academic performance.
For more information about dairy nutrition, to find delicious new recipes and to meet Ohio and West Virginia dairy farmers, visit www.Drink-MIlk.com, and follow the American Dairy Association Mideast on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
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