Jade has previously volunteered with us at FoodCycle Langworthy.
Hello, my name is Jade Mottley and I am a Fitness & Nutrition Coach based in Manchester. With it being Easter this weekend and a celebration for many that involves chocolate I wanted to share with you a chocolate overnight oats recipe. This recipe is one that I love as it is easy to make you literally just need to add all your ingredients into a container and mix, then leave overnight in the fridge and its ready to have on the go in the morning – perfect for those of us who don’t have much time.
Oats are high in nutrition; they are full of fibre helping your digestive system by keeping your bowel movements more regular. They have additional health benefits which include helping to lower cholesterol and are full of vitamins and minerals; did you know oats contain 20% of your recommended daily intake of iron?
Depending on your budget you can keep the recipe as simple as you need or explore with flavours and ingredients. The basics of the recipe are the same as your porridge – oats and milk/water. If you have the ingredients or access to more ingredients you can increase the flavour and nutrition.
- ½ cup (45g) of oats (optional for gluten-free oats)
High in fibre helps with good digestion and full of vitamins and minerals
- 1 scoop of vanilla whey protein (optional for alternatives)
Proteins are the essential building blocks for muscle growth and can help with weight loss
- ½ tbsp. natural cacao powder
Can help with improving mood and symptoms of depression
- 1 tsp chia seeds
Full of nutrients, adds additional fibre and contains good cholesterol
- ½ tsp ginger – grated (I have made used dried ginger before too)
Great for acting as an anti-inflammatory and can help to reduce muscle soreness and pain – especially with all these extra home workouts at the moment!
- 1 cup (250 ml) of milk (dairy or plant-based alternative)
Dairy milk great sources of calcium, Vitamin D and other essential nutrients