Sweet, Sweet Sunday

Making the Perfect Overnight Oats

I am so not a morning person. I barely wake up until I have had about two entire pots of coffee…so being able to simply have breakfast ready ahead of time is idea for both me and my kids.

The perfect overnight oats is a sweet combination of your favorite fruit…(in this case===raspberries), nuts…(totally optional, but in this case, we’re using almonds)…sweetener—such as honey…and perhaps some extras such as  chia seeds, and obviously oats.

This is a nutritious, delicious, and filling breakfast that is a great way to start to your day.

Now for the recipe…(which, like smoothie “recipes,” doesn’t even really seem like a recipe because it’s so easy and pretty much common sense.

And also like smoothies, there is an endless combination of flavors that you could have…based on which fruit you choose, which flavor yogurt you choose, and so forth…

 

 

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Ingredients

  • Almonds…sliced, slivered, or chopped…1Tbsp
  • Chia Seeds, optional…2tsp
  • Honey, maple syrup,  or any other type of sweetener…which is totally a matter of personal preference)
  • Milk…1C milk…(once again, for hints on which kind of milk, check out this previous post…Visions of Veganism—Milk)
  • Oats…½C
  • Raspberries…1/2C fresh or frozen
  • Yogurt…1/4C plain Greek yogurt

 

 

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Instructions

Stir together milk, oats, yogurt, honey, chia seeds and pinch of salt until combined.

Pour into a pint-sized jar or resealable container.

Mix thoroughly.

Seal the lids onto the jars..

Refrigerate anywhere from six hours days.

Sweet, Sweet Sunday

Raspberries…The Which

 

Raspberries are another food that is high in antioxidants.
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Buying Raspberries

Buy certified organically grown raspberries because these have less likelihood to have been exposure to contaminants—such as pesticides and heavy metals. Look for the USDA organic logo on the container to make sure that they are “cerified organic.”.

Buy raspberries in their peak period—which is mid-summer through early fall…if any other season, opt for frozen raspberries instead.

Look for berries that are firm, plump, and deep in color….and avoid berries that are soft, mushy, or moldy.

Make sure that the raspberries are not packed too tightly whenever you are buying raspberries that are in a prepackaged container. The container should have no signs of stains or moisture because this  indicates that they might already be spoiled.

You will get the most nutritional value—including antioxidants and flavanoids—by choosing raspberries that are fully ripe.

 

 

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Storing Raspberries

Keep your berries, either in their original container or a glass or plastic container that has a sealable lid in the fridge…because they can mold quite easily at room temperature.

But before sticking them in the fridge first remove any molded or spoiled berriesso that they won’t quickly ruin the other berries.

 

 

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Freezing Raspberries

Fresh raspberries freeze very well. Wash them gently, using the low pressure of the sink sprayer. If you use more force when washing the raspberries, they won’ so that they won’t maintain their delicate shape.

After you finish washing them, pat them dry with a paper towel. Now “flash freeze” them. This means to arrange the raspberries in a single layer on a cookie sheet and stick the cooking sheet in the freezer until the berries are frozen,

After the berries are frozen, put them either in a Ziploc bag or a sealable plastic freezer container and stick them in the freezer.

The frozen raspberries will stay good for up to one year.

 

 

 

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Using Raspberries

Consume them within a couple of days after buying them because raspberries are highly perishable,

Here are a few suggestions…

 

 

For breakfast, try raspberries…

  • Added to cereal, oatmeal, or porridge
  • Blended as a smoothie
  • On top of pancakes or waffles
  • With yogurt and granola

A few more ideas are to use raspberries for…

  • Herbal teas
  • Jams and jellies
  • Salads
  • Sauces for chicken or fish

And last but not least, use raspberries for desserts such as Raspberry Crumble.