Non-diary Overnight Oatmeal & Flax, Chia Seeds

 
 
 
Technically, this is not exactly a recipe because it is so easy and any kids can do it! But I would like to share with you this no-fuss, healthy breakfast I have every single day since more than one year ago, introduced by my equally health-conscious mother-in-law! Surprised that recently this overnight oats recipe has went gaga all over internet, most people add yogurt and dairy milk but I am not a lover for diary, so I skip.
 
Oats being whole grains make you feel full longer, and you will have less hunger and cravings which in turn lead to slimming down! The  health benefits of chia seeds and flax seeds are endless, and I would consider this a must for vegetarian as it is high in omega-3 fatty acids that usually found only in fish.
 
Serve 1

Ingredients
 1/2 cup regular or instant oats 
 1 Tbsp chia seeds
 2 tsp flax seeds
 1 cup water 
 1.5 Tbsp maple syrup or agave nectar (more if you like sweet)

Method
1. Mix oats, chia seeds, flax seeds and water in a big mug or bowl, put in fridge overnight. You can choose not to place in fridge, but I find it quite awful at room temperature ;) 
 
2. Add maple syrup, and add more water if the mixture becomes too thick. Top with your favourite fruits e.g. berries, strawberries etc. For me, I like it as it is.

Notes
You can use chia seeds in:
- almost any food because it is tasteless and does not affect the recipes
- breakfast cereals, salads and soups
- bread, pancake and muffin recipes
- recipes that call for egg. Simply mix with water to form a thick gel for a perfect egg replacer.
 
☼ Read more about the benefits of chia seeds, how to choose good chia seeds and where to get most value-for-money chia seeds in Singapore.

Benefits of Oatmeal
1. Low calorie food; stops cravings.
2. Provides high levels of fiber, low levels of fat, and high levels of protein.
3. Stabilizes blood sugar and reduces risk of diabetes (type 2)
4. Removes bad cholesterol, without affecting your good cholesterol
5. Gluten-free safe.
6. Contains lignans which protect against heart disease and cancer.
7. Contains unique antioxidants beneficial for heart disease.
8. Protects against heart failure.
9. Enhances immune response to disease

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