Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Immunity-Boosting Overnight Matcha Oat Pudding Breakfast Bowl

It's the middle of the week and I don't know whether it's the weather, air quality, or what combined with a few things that haven been going on with me, but I've just been feeling a little draggy and sluggish.  To boost my immune system and keep me going, I made a nutritious, antioxidant and vitamin-rich Overnight Matcha Oat Pudding Bowl for breakfast.  Rich in vitamins A,C, and E, fiber, protein, antioxidants, omega 3's, healthy carbs, and a ton of other health-boosting ingredients, this breakfast bowl is a perfect pick-me-up for the middle of the week, not to mention fast and easy (and a pretty green color)!

  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 small individual serving container or about 1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp. matcha powder
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp almond milk 
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 peach, sliced
  • 3 almonds, crushed
  • 1tsp. ground flax seed
  • 3 slices of ripe banana
  • cinnamon to taste

Most of the preparation (barely any at that) for this bowl starts overnight.  In a mason jar or whatever other kind of jar you have, combine oats, milk, yogurt, matcha, water, and chia seeds.  Cap the jar and shake, shake, shake; then leave in the refrigerator over the night.  The oats and chia seeds will soak up some of the liquid, and the chia seeds will slightly expand, creating a thicker, pudding-like texture.  In the morning, simply pour the matcha oat pudding into a bowl.  Top the bowl with peaches, blueberries, flax seed, and almonds.  In a small bowl, mash the banana slices with 1 tbsp. almond milk and mix until liquidy.  Drizzle the banana "syrup" over the filled bowl.  This will add a little sweetness (if you want to use a sweetener, go ahead and mix it in the mason jar overnight with the other ingredients - I don't like my breakfasts super sweet so I didn't feel the need to add any).  Top with a little cinnamon and you are good to go!

Stay healthy and strong :)

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