I’ve been neglecting to publish for a bit because I haven’t done anything since July 6 which I felt was worth sharing. There are too many reasons to share; the most important one being school work pressure. I bundled all the hard clerkships for the start of my academic year and if by chance any UWI Mona medical student reads this and you’re not in 4th year as yet, NEVER do that. Ever. You’ll be terribly burnt out, depressed possibly and continue to perform sub par in the courses you should be giving your all. Come next month however I’ll be rested, back up and travelling with the change of scenery which doing a clerkship in an off-site location brings. And above all, I’ll have travel-ly things to write again. 😊
How Overnight Oats Got A Chance to Conquer Me
Continuing in a similar vein from 2 earlier food-related non-travel posts I made this year (see here and here), here I am to share a new success I’ve found in the
no less bread, rice and chicken lifestyle. Now I’m not saying there’s anything terribly wrong with these foods. My palate has just got fed up from eating the same boring foods and I grew sick of box lunches too as I explained earlier. My household has rarely gone without bread since my childhood so of course, it features in breakfast almost every morning when we need something quick to dash out the door. I also hate porridge might I add. A legacy of our former British rule, porridge is a Jamaican breakfast staple. We make all sorts- plantain, banana, peanut, hominy corn but I can’t stand any type. However, I’ve never minded oatmeal (No! It’s not the same thing) so finally I’ve given into the Pinterest health food sensation which is the beauty of the overnight oats.
Years ago when I first heard of it, the idea of making my breakfast overnight sounded weird and even a bit gross. Having finally tried it, I’ve reformed and become an avid fan because:
- Overnight oats take on a delicious creamy pudding-like texture which I’ve never had from stovetop made oatmeal.
- It literally takes under 5 minutes to prepare a jar so by time you’re up, there’s already a filling delicious & nutritious meal awaiting you. There’s no excuse to skip breakfast all week anymore because the jars can store and keep quite fresh in the refrigerator for up to a week.
- There are hundreds of flavour combinations so you cannot get bored. Whoever said oatmeal was boring didn’t try overnight oats.
Get a clean jar like this cute mason jar. Add your desired quantity of oatmeal, about half that quantity of milk or water then layer with your desired spices and toppings. My go-to jar so far consists of 3/4 cup oatmeal, 1/2 cup 1% milk or water, cinnamon, vanillin extract, a tbsp of peanut butter and a thinly sliced banana. Refrigerate overnight & thaw in a container of warm water for 5-10 minutes before eating if you’d like.There are tonnes of other wonderful flavours here like apple pie, PBJ, chocolate chia and coconut latte overnight oats of which I intend to try my own versions soon. All I need now is to invest in proper jars since I won’t let the breaking of my only aesthetically pleasing jar this morning by my brother (it was an accident) thwart the success of my new breakfast find. 😑 So with that, go forth overnight oats and conquer the breakfast world!
‘Til next time! ✌