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Emma's Oatmeal

Updated: Aug 15, 2019

I finally mastered the art of making overnight oats—a quick breakfast layered with the necessary protein, complex carbs, and healthy fats to power you through an intensive workout, or simply a day’s worth of activities.

The recipe:

Oatmeal base

1 container Siggi’s skyr yogurt*

1 ¼ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Whisk the yogurt and almond milk together

1 tbsp Trader Joe’s Ancient Grain blend (includes sprouted buckwheat, sprouted millet, chia seeds, golden flax seeds, red quinoa, shelled hemp seeds, and amaranth)

1 cup rolled oats**

1/3 cup fresh blueberries

Combine grain blend, oats and blueberries with yogurt and almond milk.

Place all ingredients together in a jar to set overnight


2 tbsp jam of choice***

2 tbsp nut butter of choice****

1/2 sliced banana

Makes two servings

*I prefer using Siggi’s 2% coconut yogurt or Siggi’s 0% blueberry yogurt

**I have found that Woodstock brand oatmeal provides the best texture of these overnight oats

***Any jam can be used, but I typically use seeded raspberry jam

****My favorite nut butter has been Woodstock’s crunchy peanut butter, but any nut butter from almond butter to cashew butter can be used for this recipe

Since beginning my fitness journey with Strength for Life, and committing myself to focusing on ultimate health, I have had to accept that you must be willing to adapt depending on your goals. Last year, my life was controlled by restrictive behavior in all aspects. For six years, restrictive eating became my normal, and ultimately progressed into an acute eating disorder forcing me to leave college last year. Now in my tenth month of eating disorder recovery, my goals have transitioned dramatically from a focus primarily on controlling my nutritional intake and stressing over eating, to a lifestyle of eating in abundance.

My current goal is dedicated to putting on muscle mass, after years of training my brain to believe that lean is the absolute indication of health. Adding muscle mass does not miraculously happen when you pick up a weight for the first time, or even when you underscore strength training as an essential part of your lifestyle. I have learned that it is of utmost importance to match your efforts in the gym with proper nutrition to fuel your goals. For more of my story, check out Rooted.

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