You may have heard about overnight oats. But what are they and are they kidney-friend? Read on to learn about overnight oats.
Overnight oats have been so popular lately and several variations of the recipe are all over the internet! They’re basically a no-cook spin on oatmeal. They are left to soak in the refrigerator overnight and enjoyed as a filling, nutritious easy breakfast or even as a snack.
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Enjoying Overnight Oats
There are hundreds of ways to top your overnight oats and make them a delicious and nutritious breakfast you will be excited to wake up to eat!
If you have chronic kidney disease (CKD) or even if you don’t, try to top them with some plant-based proteins to help keep you full for longer. Nut butters are a great way to add additional flavour and protein, peanut butter, almond butter, walnut butter, whatever you love!
To add some crunch and texture sprinkle your favorite nuts like almonds, cashews, pecans whatever you have on hand. Chia seeds, hemp hearts, flax seeds and pumpkin seeds will increase the nutritional benefits of the oats by adding some omega-3 fatty acids.
Of course, don’t forget the fruit! Frozen or fresh work just as well. Strawberries, banana slices, blueberries, raspberries and apple slices are all popular additions in overnight oats recipes.
Tips for Storing
This is a great recipe to prepare in advance and have for a quick easy breakfast or snack throughout the day. Once you’ve mixed together all your ingredients in a container, stir or shake them up and store in the refrigerator. Store your delicious oats in an airtight container and they will last for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. If you’re looking for more breakfast ideas, check out this post.
Cherry Overnight Oats
- 1/2 cup Old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup Almond milk, unsweetened
- 1/2 cup Cherries, fresh or frozen
- 2 tsp Cinnamon
- In a small bowl, combine the oats, almond milk, cherries, and cinnamon.
- Let sit in the fridge over night, enjoy in the morning cold or warm in the microwave for 30 second. Alternative cooking: Cook in the microwave for 4 minutes and enjoy right away.
This article was written by Deanna Najar, Nutrition Student Volunteer.
This article was reviewed by Emily Campbell, RD CDE MScFN.