If you’re anything like me, time is a hot commodity, especially in the morning!! This soaked oatmeal recipe has become a staple in my house! These will last a few days in the fridge, so spending a few minutes to make them up ahead of time will pay off in spades! I look for gluten free grains whenever possible and the oats I use in this recipe are no exception. However, feel free to use what you have. I recommend slow cooking oats because they are less processed and have a lower glycemic index.
Oats contain high amounts of zinc, iron, biotin, magnesium and potassium that promote hair growth. A meal comprising of oats, berries and pumpkin seeds is a rich source of zinc, vitamin C, vitamin A as well as other nutrients. Vitamin C is critical for circulation to the scalp and even supports the blood vessels that feed hair follicles. A deficiency of vitamin C or biotin can lead to more brittle hair and more breakage. Vitamin A, on the other hand, promotes hair development and maintenance. I used mason jars for this recipe, which can be found at any hardware store. However, feel free to use any container you have that you can close up tight! p.s. glass is optimal.
❖ Gluten free oats
❖ Small 8oz mason jars or other sealable containers
❖ Chia seeds
❖ Unsweetened non-dairy milk (almond, coconut, rice, hemp, flax etc.)
❖ 1/2 Scoop of Vegan Protein Powder of choice
Last step-any superfood toppings your little heart desires! i.e. nuts, berries (or other low/mid glycemic fruit such as apples or pears), cacao powder, gogi berries, hemp hearts, bee pollen, raw pumpkin seeds, pure vanilla, unsweetened coconut flakes, a dollop of nut butter, cinnamon etc. Use your imagination, just keep the sugar to a minimum as you already have a good amount of low glycemic carbohydrates in the form of oats.
❖ Oats always go first-fill to approximately half way
❖ 1 tablespoon or chia seeds (white or black is fine)
❖ Shake vigorously
❖ Add milk to the top leaving enough room to add the toppings you wish
❖ Add some toppings and don’t forget some superfoods!
❖ Seal and leave in the fridge overnight.
Enjoy in the morning! I typically add more milk to mine when I mix it in a bowl.
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