Overnight Superfood Oats + Healthy Travel Snacks

I have said this many times but oats/oatmeal are the nachos of healthy food, no matter how you make them they are pretty impossible to mess up.  Prime example: overnight oats, combine some amazing ingredients in one jar, let it sit over night and BOOM, it's like heaven in yo mouth.  

This recipe is easy, really quick and excellent for anyone who is always on the go.  

Here is what you will need:

1 cup of oats (I used gluten free oats)

1 banana

1/2 cup of nut milk 

2 tablespoons of almond butter

1 tablespoon of chia seeds

1/2 tablespoon of raw wild flower honey (any honey will do, maple syrup is another option)

1 teaspoon of cinnamon 

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 

The superfood in this dish is Chia Seeds!  Ch-ch-ch-Chia!  Chia is a flowering plant, that is a member of the mint family, this plant is typically found in southern Mexico and Guatemala.  Now, on to the good stuff... Why do YOU need chia in your diet?


The easiest part is making this gem.  You will need a fork for mixing and mashing, a 16 oz. jar or some sort of covered container that can hold all the ingredients.  First start by layering, adding some oats, then the entire banana, more oats, almond milk, more oats, almond butter, almond milk, chia seeds, cinnamon, vanilla and honey.  As you are combining all the ingredients in the jar be sure to stir and make sure you are smoothing out any lumps, especially in the bananas.  Once all the ingredients are combined to your liking place it in the fridge overnight or for at least a few hours because enjoying it!  I promise you this will taste like cake batter.  This is a great snack to take while you are traveling, TSA won't have any problems with it, in fact, they may ask you for the recipe, no seriously... On my recent trip to LA they TSA agent asked me for the recipe so be prepared!  Dig in and please list any questions or comments in the comment section below!

Another question I get a lot is how I maintain my healthy and vegan lifestyle while I am traveling.  It's much easier than one would expect and I am happy to share it with all of you!  For me it is all about preparation, I don't eat food in airports, I try not to spend money on snacks when I am out of town, I would prefer to have it all with me so I can maintain as much as my nutritional routine as possible.  

I look at what I can take that will be fresh, so when I am spending a day traveling in airports I chop up lots of veggies and fresh fruit for that day.  Those snacks have a shorter shelf life, so then I look at foods that are still nutrient dense that may not need refrigeration such as dates, coconut flakes, dehydrated fruit like mangos also I always travel with 3-4 bananas or apples, all of these things can stay good for a longer period of time and don't need to be stored in a fridge.  

I try not to eat too many health food bars but when traveling they are necessary because they can certainly be filling.  I am pretty strict on which ones I will eat.  It's important that they aren't too high in sugar, little to no agave, no canola oil, no casein, no soy or whey.  All of those items I just listed are nearly impossible for the body to digest and it takes a lot of energy and takes a lot of energy to do so, they are too foreign to be in my body.  Not to mention that canola is one of the most genetically modified crops out there and I stay farrrrr away from that funny business.  Some of the bars that I do love are from GoMacro, 22 days and Amazing Grass.  All are super clean, alkalizing, they won't spike your blood sugar and they are filled with yummy and easily digestible nutrients , so if I am covering a game or have a long layover, you all ALWAYS find me with one of these bars in my hand, you can find them at whole foods and most health food stores. I don't chew "normal" gum either, shocker, I know.  I hate the idea of chomping down on aspartame and other icky chemicals that will infiltrate into my blood stream and body.  After some research and trail and error, Pur Gum, is THE gum for me!  It's vegan, non GMO, sugar free and most importantly aspartame free!  I can look at the ingredients and I know what ALL of them are, which is amazing, so when my ears pop on the plane, I pop in some Pur Gum! 

 Also, the overnight oats is a GREAT travel snack, for a few reasons: 1) you can take this 16oz jar with you on airplanes 2) it can go un-refrigerated for hours 3) a lot of the ingredients are raw so you are getting so many minerals and enzymes to help boost your immune system and keep you healthy while you are traveling and your immune system may be vulnerable 4) ummmm, it tastes like cake batter, nuff' said.  

Lastly, I always take my trusty organic lemon.  I swear my drinking a glass of warm water with lemon every damn day!  It's the nicest and most gentle way to wake up your day, plus lemon is a natural detoxifyer so it will help flush the system when you wake up in the morning.  I sometimes will slightly slice it before I leave or you can always call room service and ask them to bring you a knife because Ashleigh said so!;)  

 

I will post photos and links to the items mentioned in this post.  I hope you find this information helpful and that you can implement some of these healthy tools while you travel.  Cherish your health and honor your body, it's your home and like they say health is wealth!  

Sending you all lots of love over this holiday season! 

Links:

Pur Gum: http://pur-gum.com/index.html

Amazing Grass: http://amazinggrass.com/

GoMacro: https://www.gomacro.com/

22 Days: http://www.22daysnutrition.com/