Monday, August 14, 2017

THRIVE MARKET | OVERNIGHT OATS

I am always looking for ways to condense our morning routine.  I've said it before and I'll say it again, getting all five of us where we need to go and making sure we're well-fed, happy, and healthy feels like a challenge some days.  Most days, it doesn't feel like a challenge at all because we have a few routines in place that make everything easy.

And that's why we make our breakfasts ahead of time!  Whether it's making a huge batch of pancakes to freeze, making a batch of hard-boiled eggs at the beginning of the week, or making a smoothie or jar of overnight oats the night before, we don't really make breakfast in the morning.  And that's because it's already prepared.  It makes mornings incredibly easy when we can just grab our breakfast and sit down to eat it. It not only takes away the stress of the morning, but we also have a few minutes to spend with each other before we all jet out the door.

Last summer, I tried Thrive Market for the first time.  I found out about them through Michele's YouTube channel.  The concept is that you purchase a yearly membership and they offer a large variety of health- and social-conscious grocery items at a discount.  For my first order, I purchased the ingredients for our favorite granola balls, and I instantly saw the value in using their site.  The membership seems steep at $59.95 per year.  In fact, I almost didn't order from them because of the fee.  However, over an entire year I have project that I will save more than $60 by ordering our staple pantry items.

I make so many of our snacks at home, it really helps to have some savings on those staple items that we frequently buy. Additionally, you can search their site based on your eating habits/beliefs.  You can search for vegan, paleo, vegetarian, and so many other types of food.  We eat a traditional diet. Aside from limiting the processed food we eat, we don't avoid many types of food as a family.  I personally avoid dairy, sugar, carbs, and starchy foods as much as possible.  But as a family unit, we eat a traditional diet.  I think the 'technical' term would be a whole foods diet, if you want to put a label on it.

A few weeks ago, my husband found a recipe for overnight oats that he really wanted to try.  Normally, I'm the one to get breakfast ready for the next day, so it was nice to have a little break.  Well, ever since then, he's been making us overnight oats.  And it's been really fun to try our the different combos!  I wanted to share a few combinations we've tried, in case you need some ideas for breakfast.

Rebecca Lately Thrive Market Overnight Oats

Right now, we're mixing our oats with frozen bananas and berries.  My husband adds chopped nuts to his.  The approximate measurements we use are 1/2 cup of milk (almond for me) and to 1/2 cup of oats.  When we're using frozen fruit, we use just a little bit more oats to help soak up the extra moisture.

The first thing we do is mix together the milk and oats.  If you want to add a little flavoring, like vanilla extract, you could also mix it in at this point.  After it's all mixed together, layer the fruit the on top.  Put the lid on it, pop it in the fridge, and then it'll be ready for you in the morning!

Rebecca Lately Thrive Market Overnight Oats

Rebecca Lately Thrive Market Overnight Oats

Rebecca Lately Thrive Market Overnight Oats

Rebecca Lately Thrive Market Overnight Oats

Rebecca Lately Thrive Market Overnight Oats

Rebecca Lately Thrive Market Overnight Oats

Rebecca Lately Thrive Market Overnight Oats

Rebecca Lately Thrive Market Overnight Oats

I hope you enjoy this recipe!  You can shop my Thrive Market referral link to receive 25% off your first order!

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