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50 Overnight Oats Recipes for Weight Loss

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By Dana Leigh Smith

Does your hectic morning schedule leave you with little time to do more than scarf down a bowl of cold cereal before running out the door? If you’re nodding your head ‘yes,’ put down the spoon and listen up!

Ready-to-eat cereal isn’t the most waist-friendly variety on supermarket shelves. As it turns out, oatmeal is a much better way to ward off weight gain and slim down. In fact, people who eat it for breakfast feel full longer—even four hours after they put spoon to mouth! That's sure to keep you out of the snack drawer mid-morning, boosting your weight loss efforts.

But before you rush off and buy the first box you see, understand that not any type will do. The instant varieties often have added sugars and artificial flavors and making slow-cooking oatmeal on the stove can add stress to your already rushed morning routine. That's where this new trend comes in. All you have to do to whip up a bowl is fill a mason jar or Tupperware container with grains, toppings, add-ins and a liquid like milk or water. Then you throw it in the refrigerator. While you’re sleeping, the flavors fuse together so all you have to do is scarf it down next morning—no cooking required! (Need some incentive to pull these recipes together? This dish is one of the 14 Ways to Lose Your Belly in 14 Days.)

Check out our favorite mouthwatering recipes that will keep you on track toward your better body goals.

1
Carrot Cake
Protein


Per 1.5 cup serving: 265 calories, 5 g fat, 6 g fiber, 6 g sugar, 23 g protein

At just 265-calories, this veggie- and protein-packed “cake” is one of the few dessert-like foods we’d recommend eating for breakfast.

Get the recipe from Dashing Dish.

2
Blueberry and
a Cantaloupe Bowl

Per 1.6 cup serving: 347 calories, 9.4 g fat, 11.4 g fiber, 19.7 g sugar, 10.1 g protein

This recipe makes for a wonderful (and easy) weekend brunch dish. With presentation this beautiful and creative, your guests would never guess it only took you five minutes to prepare.

Get the recipe from Sometimes I Veg.

3
Strawberry Chia


Per 1.7 cup serving: 339 calories, 15.6 g fat, 12.7 g fiber, 11.6 g sugar, 11 g protein (calculated using unsweetened almond milk and raw almonds)

Almonds add a nice crunch to this sweet and satisfying cereal. Plus, the nut contains belly-filling protein and magnesium, a mineral that helps regulate blood sugar. The more stable your blood sugar levels are, the easier it is to keep cravings, which often lead to overeating and weight gain, at bay.

Get the recipe from Inspired Edibles.

4
Chocolate Peanut
Butter Fudge


Per 1.1 cup serving: 308 calories, 11.3 g fat, 10 g fiber, 15.5 g sugar, 9.9 g protein

If you have a sweet tooth, this dish is sure to satisfy. Made with chocolate, peanut butter, pumpkin puree and banana, these creamy low-cal oats could pass as a sinful dessert.

Get the recipe from The Breakfast Drama Queen.

5
Blueberry-Cashew Cream


Per ¾ cup serving: 270 calories, 8.3 g fat, 7.9 g fiber, 19.5 g sugar, 6.7 g protein (calculated using water)

This recipe calls for two nutritional superstars: flax and chia seeds. Both are good source of belly-filling fiber and selenium, a dietary mineral that may lower the risk of heart disease and cancer.

Get the recipe from Naturally Sassy.


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