April 14, 2023

A Guide to Making Overnight Oats in Your Student Apartment

Eating a filling breakfast can give you the energy you need to make it through the day and stop you from feeling hungry when you’re trying to concentrate in class. The problem is it can be difficult to find the time to prepare breakfast — especially if you need to rush to morning classes. One solution is to make overnight oats. As the name suggests, you prepare them the evening before to have them ready to eat in the morning. Here’s a quick guide to get you started.

Create the Base

The main ingredients for overnight oats are rolled or quick oats and milk. Use the same amount of each — about half a cup is ideal. Simply stir them together, distribute the mixture into jars with lids, and put them into the refrigerator. It’s worth keeping plenty of empty jars in your kitchen to be able to make a big batch of overnight oats for the whole week. Since overnight oats last for up to five days, you can prepare them on Sunday to have enough for every weekday.

Add Your Favourite Fruits and Other Ingredients

A breakfast of just oats and milk is not particularly interesting. Spice things up by adding a teaspoon of honey and your favourite fruits. Although you can add whole fruits like blueberries to the mixture, it’s best to add chopped fruits like bananas, strawberries, or mango to the top right before eating the oats — otherwise, the fruit can turn soggy. You can also add things like cinnamon, peanut butter, cacao nibs, and granola. Experiment with different ingredients and combinations to find what you enjoy most.

Another great ingredient to add is chia seeds. A couple of spoonfuls won’t change the taste considerably, but it will add plenty of omega-3 fatty acids to your breakfast, which can prevent heart disease, keep some autoimmune conditions under control, and provide protection against cancer. Plus, chia seeds are high in fibre — it’s important to eat plenty of fibre to maintain good digestive health, lower your cholesterol, and reach a healthy weight.

Variations on the Standard Recipe

You can also switch up the basic recipe to change the flavour of your overnight oats. This will keep things interesting and prevent you from becoming bored with overnight oats after a few weeks of eating them every day. For instance, you’re not limited to dairy milk — soy, almond, cashew, and macadamia are all ideal. Alternatively, you could forgo the milk entirely and use Greek yogurt to create thick and creamy overnight oats. You can also try different natural sweeteners, such as agave nectar or maple syrup.

Another way to make your mornings easier is to live near campus. You can find apartments near Carleton University at the Revalie. You’ll be just across the Rideau River — you can bike to campus in eight minutes, take the bus that leaves right from your doorstep, or walk to Mooney’s Bay Light Rail Transit (LRT) station. From the LRT station, it’s just a two-minute ride to campus and a 15-minute ride to downtown Ottawa. Pay us a visit to check out everything the Revalie has to offer.

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