WCT Berry Overnight Oats Recipe
Benefits of Berries:
Have you ever heard the saying, 'anything that is sweet can't be good for you?' Well, berries are the exception.
Berries are rich in a compound called anthocyanin: a member of the flavonoid family of polyphenol phytochemicals. These compounds have been linked to decreases in cardiovascular disease, cancer, weight loss, diabetes, and also increased cognitive function.
Several studies, most notably, the Nurse's Health Study II found a decrease in cardiovascular disease as well as the risk of developing hypertension, and myocardial infarction in those individuals who had a higher intake of anthocyanin, mostly from blueberries and strawberries, than those who had a lower intake.
Anthocyanins are also beneficial to our cognitive system. These compounds are believed to inhibit neuroinflammation, activate synaptic signaling, and improve blood flow to the brain. Interestingly, some anthocyanins have been found to cross the blood-brain barrier which can cause direct beneficial effects.
Lastly, they are just plain delicious. Why not add some berries to your diet?
½ cup of raw oats
½ cup of soy milk (or non dairy milk)
½ cup of Greek yogurt (or non dairy yogurt)
½ cup of mixed berries
1 tsp of chia seeds
Step 1: Using a small glass container, add the raw oats and ensure the entire surface area of the container is covered.
Step 2: Next, add the chia seeds and the soy milk to the raw oats
Step 3: Then, spread the greek yogurt over the oats and milk evenly
Step 4: Lastly, top it with the berries
Step 5: Store in the refrigerator overnight, and enjoy the following morning