This Vegan Brownie Batter Overnight Oatmeal came across my Facebook Feed a few days after my attempt at making my own recipe for Blueberry Overnight Oatmeal failed.
Have you ever had an experience that so deeply impacted you it instantly shook you out of making bad choices for your health? Or, at least jump started better ones?
A few months ago we went to the nursing home with our church. We sang a few songs and handed out pictures that the kids colored for them. As I looked out into the elderly audience, an intense feeling of loneliness come over me. I didn’t like it. I felt uncomfortable as I tried to internally shake it off. Not succumbing to that feeling of loneliness meant I had to dismiss the feelings of the elderly people I was facing. I chose to embrace what I was feeling for them.
There was one lady who really made a lasting impression on me. She was probably in her late 70’s, early 80’s and had she not been so overweight, it’s likely she’d still be at home living independently for several more years. She was emotional. As I watched her interact with my son who was distributing the colored sheets, her face was appreciative but her eyes were thickly glazed over with a look of regret or remorse. She wanted her freedom back.
I thought, could it be her children? Maybe she’d like to see them more? She probably doesn’t see her children and/or grand-children as much as she’d like. Maybe there are things in her life she’d like to do over? Then my thoughts silenced. I was certain that she wished, every second of every day, that she could go back in time and actually follow-through on one of her attempts to lose weight. I wanted to give her a hug and tell her everything was going to be okay.
Even though I was certain that is what constantly goes through her mind, I was only assuming, because I know that’s what would be going through mine. I do know for certain she can’t go back and make different choices. And at the time she had the opportunity to make changes, I bet she told herself, ‘Monday. I’ll start my diet on Monday.’
I encourage you, my friends, to take a close look at where you are in life. Are you stressed because you are spending too much time at work and not enough time at home? Tired and dragging your feet every morning because you stayed up too late the night before? Are you overeating because you are going out to eat for lunch and dinner too many days a week? Ladies, if you need to do damage control on your bodies, you don’t have a whole lot of Mondays to wait! The time is now.
Let’s do a little mental exercise together:
Pretend you are in a wheelchair. Then sit in front of a television for the entire day, while the sun is shining outside. You can’t move because your health is too poor. Throughout the day, you wait patiently for someone to come help you with what you need – you need to be wheeled to the cafeteria, to the bathroom, to the activities area. Every. single. day. you hope and wait for someone to come visit you, even if it’s just for a few minutes. One day, your best friend stops by. You love your visits together. As you say your good-byes, you think back to the countless opportunities you had to get fit, to eat less, to make better choices for your health. Your regrets have bad timing because your best friend is just a few years older than you and she’s still living on her own, still driving, still preparing her oatmeal for breakfast, and still going for her daily walks.
I’ve always had a ‘change and conquer the world’ attitude. The things I want to do are waaaaay bigger than my lifetime. I often feel restless because I have so many ideas running through my head at one time. So I know that I will never be compliant in a nursing home, I have things to do! It takes my entire family to each keep one eye on me to make sure I am following the instructions I’ve been given to make sure my knee heals completely! So while I have a captive audience, I am sharing what shook me to the core and got my wheels turning – the look in that lady’s eyes was all it took for me to flash forward through my own regret of not making healthier choices when I could and should have.
We have to make the choice, every day, to break our bad habits!
A few days ago I shared this picture, with intentions of following-up with the recipe. Doesn’t it look delicious?!
The best part was the blueberries. Otherwise it was bland and boring. By the looks of it, I came up with a great recipe. By the taste of it, I choked it down and never made it again. So I moved on, and came across this recipe from one of my favorite bloggers – Chocolate Covered Katie. Her pictures are far more convincing!
So, for my meal prep this week I decided to make it. I made as instructed for my first attempt… except I left the sweetener out. That’s how I try to save ‘points/bites.’ It didn’t taste bad, but it did need just a little sweetener. So, for my second attempt I used a little honey to sweeten it. And, I decided to use Silk Chocolate Almond Milk! I loved how it turned out! The next time I make it, I am going to leave out the honey and just use the Silk Chocolate Almond Milk. It tastes just like brownie batter – I am so excited to be able to add this recipe to my overnight oats rotation!
First, combine the oats, cocoa, and chia seeds.
Then stir in your non-dairy yogurt (I used Silk Vanilla), choice of non-dairy milk (I used Silk Chocolate Almond Milk), peanut butter, and choice of sweetener (optional).
Keep in the refrigerator overnight and stir before eating in the morning.
The original recipe called for a dash of salt and a few chocolate chips. I opted to leave both of those things out.
This is officially one of my favorite quick and easy breakfasts! Not only does it taste delicious but it FILLS ME UP! The chia seeds add a high amount of fiber, keeping me feeling full all the way to lunch!