Recently, overnight oats are the only thing I’ve been having for breakfast because they can be prepared the night before and stuffed into my rucksack at 5:45am before I leave the house for yoga. Early I know, but apparently I’ve chosen to lose all concept of time so I can make the most of each day. I’ve experimented a lot recently and these turned out to be creamy and sticky enough to leave me comforted and full till lunch.
If you’re anything like me living in London (or wherever) your diary is fairly full but because eating healthy is important to you, you’ll do your best to plan and prepare your meals. That makes it sound like a stressful chore doesn’t it? But actually, when I get back from work at 8:30pm cooking or preparing something healthy helps me switch off. Maybe it’s because I know I’m looking after myself or maybe it’s because I have something different to focus on. Either way I actually enjoy the process of getting everything ready which goes a long way in helping me sustain the lifestyle.
Three months ago I moved out of a flat I had lived in with my sister in Putney and into a house share with two other girls in Richmond. There were two reasons for the move, firstly my little sister was moving in with her boyfriend and secondly, I was offered a promotion through work in a new area of London. I don’t think either of us were upset about leaving the flat. It turned out to be too far away from coffee shops. In-fact, it was far away from most things and I felt lonely on more than one occasion. I hear London has that affect on most people. I loved living with Kitty though, she and I have such similar lifestyles and ways of spending our time so everything felt easy.
I’m a few months into my new role as Centre director for Explore Learning (a network of children’s education centres for 5-14 year olds) and my days are flying by. I’m on a steep learning curve as I try to find my feet as a new manager. I’ve always wanted to create a happy and positive learning environment for children while inspiring staff to grow and improve on their own skills. Easier said than done I know, but in time things will get easier. Or that’s what I’m telling myself.
I honestly believe that if I didn’t look after myself by eating well, exercising and getting no less than seven hours sleep a night, I would crumble. Most mornings before work, after I have been to yoga, I will bring my laptop into a coffee shop and set myself up mentally for the morning. Whether it’s through writing a blog post and getting things out of my head and onto paper, or through inspiring myself with quotes, pictures, or articles from some of my favourite leaders. The moment my bum hits the seat in Starbucks I know I have two hours all to myself. If I could stop time at this moment I would, but that’s not really how it works is it….
Anyway, my favourite oats are the good old fashioned Scottish ones, large. But when using them to make overnight oats they don’t seem to absorb enough of the milk and yoghurt by the time I come to eat them. Instead I use organic oats that have been blended finely for the overnight recipes. See what you think.
1/2 cup of oats
1/2 cup of coconut milk
2 tbsp of yoghurt
1 heaped tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp brown rice syrup or any other natural sweetener (optional)
1 tbsp goji berries
1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
Other topping ideas:
In a tupperware box with a lid (I find the oats absorb the liquid better when they’re in an air right container, rather than being in an open bowl) pour the oats, milk and yoghurt. The coconut milk will have creamed, which makes it nice and thick but make sure you get a combination of the liquid and the cream. Mix well so the mixture doesn’t stick in clumps. Then add your almond butter, syrup, goji berries and pumpkin seeds. I add the mango on top in the morning. Enjoy!