Getting Organized: Breakfast Hacks

September has come and almost gone now, time is going by a little too quickly if you ask me. I know that September can be a hard month to get back into the swing of things. The busy summer is over and people are going back to school or back to work after some time off. I love this time of year but also struggle to get back into the swing of things and so do some of my friends. A few weeks ago we were talking about easy breakfast or snack ideas for those mornings we hit the snooze button a few too many times. My two favourite and easy go to breakfast recipes I'm making these days are Overnight Oats and Chia Seed Pudding. Both can easily be taken with you to class or work or for a quick and easy breakfast when you're running a little late.

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Overnight Oats:

  • 1 cup oats
  • 2 cups milk of your choice (I use coconut)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1-2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
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My mum perfected this recipe a few years ago and since moving to Tofino I have found myself making it as well. It's such an easy recipe that you can change to your liking and it always turns out great. In a pot on the stove mix together 1 cup oats, 2 cups milk, 1/2 cup raisins, 1/2 cup shredded coconut, cinnamon and salt. Bring to boil then turn off but leave on heat, stir. Put lid on pot and leave out over night. In the morning heat up serving and top with fresh fruit, seeds, milk and maple syrup or whatever you like! Enjoy!

 The final product, topped with sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, almond milk, maple syrup and fresh strawberries

The final product, topped with sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, almond milk, maple syrup and fresh strawberries


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Chia Seed Pudding:

  • 1/2 cup milk of your choice (I use coconut)
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

I have tried making Chia Seed Pudding for awhile now, especially when it emerged as a "popular" food. Sometimes I love it and sometimes I hate it (most of the time I hate it.) However, I think I finally perfected the recipe this time and have been eating it as my go to snack at work for a few days now. It's so easy and if you double the recipe it lasts longer and keeps for up to a week in the fridge. In a small mason jar mix together 2 tbsp chia seeds, 1/2 cup milk, 1 tbsp maple syrup, 1 tsp vanilla essence and 1 tsp cinnamon. Put lid on jar and shake it all up to mix it together. Leave in fridge overnight and stir in the morning. I topped mine with shredded coconut and fresh fruit but you could also top it with seeds, nuts, or even granola for a more filling breakfast. Definitely a great snack for those late days, hope you like it as much as I do!

 The final product, topped with shredded coconut and fresh strawberries.

The final product, topped with shredded coconut and fresh strawberries.