Fig & Vanilla Overnight Oats

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Longtime readers of BIA, I’m very excited to introduce to you the very first contributor to my blog, Sam Negrin. Sam is a health nut, certified yoga instructor, the creator and EIC of and editorial manager of LEAFtv.  Given her expertise, she will contributing wonderful recipes, health and wellness tips, yoga and more. Hope you enjoy and without further ado here is her first post:

Busy mornings are no excuse to skip out on breakfast. It’s scientifically proven that we are more productive throughout the day if we have nourished ourselves with a nutrient-dense meal in the morning. There is a reality of long commutes and busy morning meetings, which is exactly where simple grab n’ go recipes like this come into play.

Overnight oats are convenient, healthy, incredibly easy and of course, delicious. In this recipe, you’re getting loads of nutrients and health benefits, including high levels of: fiber, omega-3 fats, antioxidants and potassium. California figs have just started popping up at the market and they’re great for overnight oats because of their smooth texture and sweet flavor. If you don’t have fresh figs available, substituting bananas would work as well. This combination of flavors and ingredients will keep you full for hours, and I can guarantee you’ll be inspired to experiment with more versions all week long! All you have to do is prepare the night before and it’s all set for you in the morning. Could it be any easier?Serves 1 – to be prepared the night before consumption.Ingredients:

1/4 cup rolled oats
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or coconut)
2-3 fresh figs
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp good vanilla extract
1 tbsp maple syrup
Pinch of cinnamon
Puffed quinoa, hemp seeds or granola, to top (optional)Instructions:

1. Slice 1-2 figs into bite-sized chunks (use 1 if the figs are large and 2 if the figs are small)
1. In an airtight container, mix: rolled oats, almond milk, bite-sized fig chunks, chia seeds, vanilla extract, maple syrup, cinnamon
2. Once all of the ingredients are mixed well, place in refrigerator overnight
3. In the morning, you can enjoy as is or it’s optional to top with puffed quinoa, hemp seeds or granola, to break up the texture, then another freshly sliced fig
4. ENJOY!Written by Sam Negrin | creator and EIC of and editorial manager of LEAFtv

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