Oatmeal is a simple but powerful food that can set you up for a day of healthy eating. It’s loaded with two kinds of fiber, so it keeps you feeling full for longer. Oatmeal provides you with essential vitamins and minerals including phosphorus, B-vitamins, magnesium and zinc. You can learn all about the benefits of eating oatmeal in our Food Facts story.
As good as oatmeal is for our healthy diets, on its own, it’s a little plain for our taste buds. Many instant oatmeal varieties from the grocery store come in tempting flavors, but they’re often high in added sugar and other ingredients that you want to avoid. Instead, you can turn ordinary oats into a flavor sensation with ingredients that amp up the taste without adding empty calories.
(Pro Tip: Looking for the convenience of instant oatmeal? The Nutrisystem breakfast menu provides you with perfectly portioned, delicious oatmeal options that fit into your weight loss plan!)
Now here’s the best part: you can have exciting oatmeal combos ready to eat when you wake up. With these overnight oatmeal recipes, the slow work of turning the grains tender and tasty happens while you sleep.
We gathered seven simple but delicious easy overnight oats recipes that you can make to kickstart your day—while you’re still in bed! All you need are your ingredients and a simple jar with a lid. You can enjoy any of these oatmeal combos cold right out of the refrigerator or you can gently warm them in the microwave.
When you need to fuel up for a busy day, try this recipe, which features two extra-nutritious ingredients. First, there are hemp seeds. They’re rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids, which promote heart health and proper brain function. We also include maca powder, a superfood with a nutty, slightly butterscotchy taste that’s believed to naturally boost your energy. Add cinnamon for a little zing , some berries for sweetness and you’ve got a breakfast that will turbocharge your morning.
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Love the flavor of coffee and chocolate? Then this mocha-flavored morning meal may seem like dessert to you. It starts with high-protein Greek yogurt, which gives the oatmeal a creamy, smooth texture. Add freshly brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and chocolate chips for that bitter-sweet contrast, plus a scattering of slivered almonds for a bit of crunch. It’s your cup of joe and breakfast all in one jar!
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Bananas make almost any breakfast better. They’re sweet, high in fiber and perfectly soft. For this oatmeal combo, we soak the oats in almond milk and add sugar-free maple syrup plus vanilla for more sweetness. Crushed walnuts give you something to bite and your breakfast is ready.
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Parfait is a fancy word for layers of delicious ingredients. Oatmeal and almond milk mixed with sweet, shredded carrots and a sprinkle of cinnamon make the tasty base of these overnight oats. On top of that comes a dollop of creamy Greek yogurt blended with honey and walnuts. Each spoonful treats you to a delightful variety of tastes and textures that will remind you of a satisfying slice of carrot cake.
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Here’s another cake-inspired breakfast! Nonfat milk and cream cheese create this decadent, pudding like oatmeal recipe that features fresh berries (pick your favorite!) and chia seeds. We also pump up the protein and sweetness with a scoop of Vanilla Nutrisystem Shake Mix. It’s filling, flavorful and fabulous!
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Strawberries are so naturally sweet and juicy that they’re irresistible on their own. Add them to your overnight oatmeal and you get a dose of vitamin C to power up your immune system and extra fiber, too. Skim milk and Greek yogurt give you protein for energy and tenderize the whole grain oats. Stir in a sugar-free strawberry jam to infuse the whole meal with fruity flavor and top with chopped strawberries to complete your new morning favorite.
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Peach pie for breakfast? Yes, please! The flavors of this classic dessert are at the center of this easy morning meal, which features fresh peaches and blueberries, vanilla, cinnamon and a pinch of ground ginger. It’s even got some protein from a scoop of Vanilla Nutrisystem Shake Mix. Meal prep while you sleep with this tasty treat, which is one of our favorite easy overnight oats recipes.
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