The older your mom gets, the more she hates cooking. While she used to make hearty breakfasts, you watch her skip breakfast or eat something quick that she heats in the microwave. Overnight oats are the perfect solution. She’ll have a healthy breakfast that requires no cooking.
What Are Overnight Oats?
Overnight oats are a form of oatmeal that sits in the refrigerator overnight. Instead of cooking them, hours spent in the fridge allow the oats to soak up liquid. There’s no cooking and very little is needed in terms of preparation.
Here’s Why Oats Are Good for Your Mom.
Oats are very high in fiber. In fact, oats have more dietary fiber than other grains. Studies show that a diet rich in dietary fiber can help reduce the risk of heart disease, certain cancers, and improve cholesterol levels. Eating oats regularly can also help lower blood pressure. Plus, they can help you feel full for a longer period.
A Basic Recipe.
To make overnight oats, you want a series of pint jars with lids. Into each jar, you’ll put 1/3 cup oats, two tablespoons of chopped nuts, and a tablespoon of seeds rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. Chia and flax seeds are popular options. Those jars are easily stored in a cupboard until needed.
Twice a week, add ¼ cup of unsweetened apple sauce to each jar. Top the jar up with some form of milk, shake it thoroughly, and then put in the fridge overnight.
Use the Basic Recipe to Create Flavorful Options.
With the basic recipe set up, you can become creative. For example, use walnuts and flax seeds with the oats. Add some cinnamon and apples, and you have apple crisp overnight oats. You could do bananas, walnuts, chia seeds, and miniature chocolate chips to create breakfast that reminds your mom of Chunky Monkey ice cream.
Raspberries and almonds go well together. You could also do a version with pecans, cinnamon, and raisins. Your mom will have the same healthy breakfast, but the variations make it seem like she’s having something new every day.
How to Serve the Overnight Oats.
Your mom can always eat the oats straight from the jar. She can also scoop it into a bowl and top it with fresh bananas or berries.
Hire a caregiver to help your mom with meals. An elderly care professional can help your mom shop for groceries, prep meals, and stock the cupboard with overnight oats. In addition to always having a healthy meal, your mom will enjoy having someone for company each day. Call an elderly care agency and discover other benefits of home care.