Single Serve Boosted Overnight Oats

Hey Guys

It’s been a minute since I’ve been here! My life and routine has sort of spun 360 in the last 3 months, which has been exciting, and a little challenging. If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen or read about my new position which I’ll mention quickly here and then dive into todays recipe! Back in March I accepted the role has the Head Chef for Natures Emporium, out in Burlington. I was looking for something completely different and a new challenge, so coming across this opportunity had come at the perfect time. Needless to say, my personal time outside of work has been very important to me, and I’m now finally adjusting to my schedule and time off so here we are!

Speaking of new routines and schedule changes, I’ve been more tired and some days feeling a little more run down then others. In the beginning it was really hard to keep my diet and training on track however now that I’ve gotten a better handle on things and have been able to tap into my nutritionist brain a little more I have been better prepared with more nutrients to fuel my body with.

Recently I’ve jumped back on the overnight oats train, something I don’t think I’ve had in a couple years. I was getting really tired of eggs, and actually probably over consuming them as a “convenience” food so I decided to switch things up!

I’m going to chat about soaking oats and keeping them raw, in a different way and shed some light on the other amazing superfood in this recipe (Collagen Hydrolysate) and why they work well together.

Now for those dealing with issues sleeping: falling a sleeping or staying asleep, consuming RAW oats may be a good choice for you to consume. Over are the days of egg whites and oatmeal, a nutrient void combination that can people get over already?!

Oats contain the amino acid L-tryptophan, which is needed for general growth and development. L-tryptophan which converted to 5-HTP in the brain. 5-HTP in turn is converted to serotonin (your relaxing neurotransmitter) and melatonin. However what’s cool to note is that eating oats won’t make you drowsy, rather this conversion happens throughout the day so eating them at breakfast can actually help you with your evening sleep routine!

High tryptophan foods (that do not cause drowsiness) include nuts, seeds, organic tofu, high quality cheese cheese, red meat (preferably grass fed), high wellfare chicken, sustainable fish, oats, beans, lentils, and eggs when eaten in moderation and the correct portion, sorry not a 10oz steak.

In particular, the recipe I’m sharing today is actually extra special because I’ve added some Collagen Hydrolysate to help boost the protein and aid in the L-Tryptophan conversion.

Now collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies, it’s found in muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, digestive system and tendons. It’s what helps give our skin strength and elasticity, along with replacing dead skin cells. It’s really this super glue that is holding our body together, keeping our joints, tendons and skin stronger. Which is why, as we age, collagen starts to decrease and we see thing like wrinkles, loose skin, joint and body pain. So consuming collagen rich foods, acts as a preventative treatment protecting our body!

The reason I’m using Collagen Hydrolysate is because it actually does not Gel, allowing you to mix it into virtually anything without changing the consistency, texture or flavour. Both tradition Collagen Gelatin and Collagen Hydrolysate have the same amino acid profile, they are just suited for different purposes. Some of the radical benefits of this superfood include: improves skin, strengthens hair, teeth and nails, repairs our joints, strengths our GI lining to aid with leaky gut, boosts metabolism, improves the appearance of stretch marks and can gently help you detox.

2 Tbsp of Collagen Hydrolysate = 11 grams of protein that’s completely absorbable and can be utilized by the body with ease.

The reason I’ve paired this with my oats, other then an additional protein boost, is that gelatin will slow down L-tryptophan release. As well, pairing this carb with Collagen Hydrolysate allows for a slower release of glucose into the body and slower blood glucose effect – carb win! Especially for us gals with hormone issues.

There are these hidden little tricks that we can do to boost nutrient value and in fact change the way they are absorbed and utilized by the body and I’m happy to be back to share this with you all.

Simple Boosted Overnight Oats For One
Yields 1 serving
{Gluten Free, Vegan}

INGRIEDENTS
1/3 cup Gluten Free Rolled Oats
1 Tbsp Cacao Nibs
1 Tbsp Collagen Hydrolysate (I used Great Lakes)
¾ cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
1 ½ Tbsp Chia Seeds
Toppings:
Berries
Cashew Butter (or any nut butter)
Berries
Coconut Kefir (Optional)
Maca Powder (Optional)

METHOD

  1. Keep this simple, with no clean up by using a mason jar. Place the oats, cacao nibs, collagen, almond milk and chia seeds in your mason jar, close the lid and shake. This is where you let out your daily stress and shake vigorously for 1 minute.
  2. Pop it in the fridge overnight.
  3. In the morning, top with some berries, a dollop of cashew butter, kefir and a sprinkle of maca. Close the lid and take it with you or eat right out of the jar. No mess, no fuss!
  4. That was the hardest recipe you might ever have to follow….

NOTES:
– I chose to plate it up nicely, however you can 100% follow the method I gave for the mason jar and it will be just as good – just faster and more convenient !

Enjoy the rest of the week everyone, I’ll be back next week with an amazing hormone supportive beverage that will be your favourite way to start the day!

– Chef Steph

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