What makes these overnight oats so healthy? The combination of superfoods that are sure to give you a nutritional boost and fuel you for hours.
What are superfoods?
Okay, so here's where I need to come clean. Superfoods aren't an official food category, and are rather a descriptor used for any nutrient rich food that can improve your overall health. That doesn't mean to say that food can't have "super" properties, though: eating just 1/2 cup of oatmeal a day has been proven to lower your cholesterol . Other examples of superfoods include leafy greens, berries, green tea, cacao and nuts & seeds.
In this recipe, we combine a few of these superfoods to make healthy apple cinnamon overnight oats.
Oats are fulls of fiber which can help lower your cholesterol , and help you loose or manage your weight . They are also rich in vitamin B-12 which helps with brain function and regulating energy levels .
The antioxidants in cinnamon have anti-inflammatory properties  and can help reduce cholesterol 
Hemp hearts are rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and gamma-linolenic acid which can lower your risk of heart disease . They are also rich in vitamin-E, minerals and antioxidants.
Almonds are rich in antioxidants , and vitamin-E, which can help reduce the risk of heart disease . Perhaps counter intuitively, almonds have also been shown to help reduce belly fat .
Sunflowers are particularly high in vitamin-E and selenium, which act as anti-oxidants and have been shown to help lower blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar . They also have anti-inflammatory properties .
Whether or not you agree with the word "superfood", we can't ignore the fact that the foods we eat can have direct effects on our overall health. Eating healthful foods can go a long way in reducing our risk of disease, and in its own way, can be a form of preventative medicine. Try the healthy overnight oats recipe below for a heart-healthy dose of nutrient rich foods.
The Healthiest Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats Recipe
- 1 packet of Yumi Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats
- 1/3 cup almond milk
- 1 tsp hemp hearts
- 10 almonds
- 1 tbsp sunflower seeds
- 1/2 apple slices into small pieces
- 1/2 apple cut into thin slices for garnish (see photo)
Mix 1 packet of Yumi Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats with 1/3 cup almond milk and refrigerate overnight.
- The next morning, mix your soaked oats with 1/2 of an apple chopped into small pieces.
- Add the mix in a bowl and top it with help hearts, almonds and sunflower seeds.
- Garnish your oats with apple slices.
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