I really thought the holidays would bring some downtime and relaxation to my schedule, but somehow I was busier than ever. Of course, I am trying to start a new business and get this blog up and running, plus still working my day job, so I guess that could be a little time consuming. With every day feeling like there are less hours in it then the last, I need as quick and easy of a breakfast as possible to make sure I have the right fuel to get me going in the morning. So once again to the rescue are my beloved Overnight Oats. You will see me post a lot about overnight oats, especially because I don’t particularly care for regular oatmeal. There is something about the texture that I don’t care for, but for some reason the cool, creamy texture of overnight oats makes me happy. I also don’t care for hot oatmeal because I live in Florida and don’t need anymore heat in my life.
I had a banana that was about to meet it’s maker, and being a person who hates to waste food, I knew I needed to do something with it. So, I grabbed a mason jar, mashed up that banana, added some chopped pecans and my usual Overnight Oats base (oats, chia seeds and unsweetened vanilla almond milk) and voila, Banana Nut Overnight Oats was born!
It’s honestly nothing fancy, but it’s quick to eat in the morning, easy to make the night before, and tastes like cold banana bread which is a major win in my book. Plus, it filled me up through a grueling Camp Gladiator workout today. This morning the coach thought it would be fun to put a 20lb sandbag on our backs and see if we can hold a plank for 6 minutes. Yes, you read that right, 6 minutes! If anyone in your group (we were broken up into groups of 4) dropped to their knees, then your entire group had to do 6 burpees each, and then back to the plank hold. That was the easiest part of the workout, so needless to say I needed as much fuel as possible to get me through the class, especially because this was my first time back in a few weeks.
My workouts since Thanksgiving have been sporadic at best, and my eating even worse. Today I am back on track, and I am reminded how much better I feel when I eat right and workout. What a difference! I will say though, I think my body needed that break. I was burning the candle at both ends for way too long, and a little time off from the gym was needed. In fact, you actually want to take a week off from hardcore working out every six months or so, it helps give your muscles a chance to really repair from all the hard work, and will actually help you lean out. You just have to find the motivation to get back at it after the break. That’s always the hardest part. Once you break that routine, getting back to it can be a real challenge.
I found myself trying to make excuses for why I should stay home and work instead of go for an hour workout, but then I looked in the mirror, and saw all the progress I have made over the past year and knew I couldn’t throw that away because I was being lazy. Whatever that motivation is that got you to the gym in the first place, is what you need to dig deep and find, so you can make sure it keeps you going back.
I have a new six month goal in mind, and I am super excited to get to work on it. The plan is to tackle this goal six weeks at a time. I find that number very achievable, and it gives me a great measuring tool to see where I am at.
Do you break up your health/nutrition/workout goals into small segments like me? If so/not, how do you plan out your goals?
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 small banana mashed, very ripe
- 1 TBS chopped pecans or nut of choice
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- dash cinnamon
- Combine all the ingredients into a mason jar, or other airtight container. Making sure to mash the banana.
- Shake well and place in the refrigerator for 6 hours to overnight.
- In the morning, add more almond milk if you want it creamier.
- You can mash the banana in the jar or before you put it in the jar. I just do it in the jar because I'm lazy and the less dishes I need to do the better.
- Also, you could add nutmeg to this recipe, I personally hate the taste of nutmeg, but if it's a flavor you enjoy, feel free to add a dash of it, or any warm spice you would like.
- Nutritional info below is for the entire jar.