The Easy, High-Protein Overnight Oats That This Fitness Founder Eats Practically Every Morning

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As far as breakfasts go, there have been two long-time staples for the wellness set: smoothies and oatmeal. SLT and Stretch*d founder Amanda Freeman is an oatmeal girl. But even she, lover of oatmeal, is not about to spend more than two minutes in the morning making it. "Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, but it's also the busiest time of the day, too," she says. Not only do her kids require her attention, she also has to map out everything she needs to get done for the day as a busy wellness entrepreneur.

Her solution is overnight oats, which she soups up with a few very essential toppings, both in terms of nutrition and taste. (Let's be honest, oatmeal is pretty bland on its own.) Here's a run-down of what's in Freeman's personal overnight oats recipe (you know, besides the oats): unsweetened vanilla almond milk, creamy almond butter, honey, chia seeds, frozen cherries, and frozen berries.

While oats are already a good source of fiber and protein, the chia ups the fiber even more and the almond butter adds more protein to the bowl. For a wellness entrepreneur like Freeman, that's a must because her days require a lot of energy (even if she's on her work from home hustle, like we all are right now). And those cherries? They're an all-star for helping with workout recovery—another must when you're the founder of a successful fitness franchise.

The unsweetened vanilla almond milk, honey, and berries all add natural sweetness, too. Combined, it makes the oatmeal taste more like a bowl of dessert cobbler than a bland breakfast. When she's feeling fancy, Freeman also likes to add in a teaspoon of bee pollen, which can help with allergies. It's the anti-inflammatory icing on an already healthy win.

Freeman's overnight oats recipe is one of 100 amazing recipes in the Well+Good CookbookCheck out the recipe below and join Well+Good's Cook With Us Facebook group for more healthy eating inspiration.

Almond-butter cherry-berry overnight oats

Serves 1

1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
3 Tbsp creamy almond butter
1 Tbsp honey
2 1/4 tsp chia seeds
1/2 cup rolled oats

Frozen cherries, thawed
Frozen berries, thawed
Bee pollen (optional)
Other toppings of your choice

1. In a mason jar or small bowl, stir together the almond milk, almond butter, honey, chia seeds, and oats until thoroughly combined. Cover up the mixture with a clean kitchen towel and refrigerate for at least six hours or up to overnight.

2. Uncover the mixture and top with the cherries, berries, bee pollen (if using), and any other toppings you desire. Enjoy.

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