Super-Easy Formula: Overnight Oats

I must share three things with you today.

First, the happiest song ever.  Sing the “woo-woos” and feel the happiness. Another song by this band, Believer, is equally catchy and joyful.

Second, we had an important medical discovery in our household a few weeks ago.  I diagnosed my husband with a rare medical disorder.  Of the sneezing variety.

I was listening to my favorite podcast Good Job Brain when it clicked.  They were talking about sneezing disorders.  Their first example was the fairly commonly occurring Achoo syndrome — sneezing triggered by bright light.  Their next “weirder” example was snatiation which is….

Sneezing triggered by a full stomach

My jaw dropped — Oh my goodness, it’s a real thing and David has it.

The first time David had a sneezing fit in front of me after a big meal, it took me by surprise.  While he couldn’t stop sneezing, I couldn’t stop laughing.  He became a little annoyed with me — understandably since he was mid-fit.  (Nowadays, I can hold back the laughter.)

IMG_0817The face of snatiation

So, my husband has snatiation, which is a linguistically awesome term for two reasons:

1. It is a portmanteau of sneezing and satiation.

2.  It is also a backcronym: Sneezing Non-controllably At a Time of Indulgence of the Appetite—a Trait Inherited and Ordained to be Named

I think we can all agree the last part of the backronym is a little iffy, but it is awesome nonetheless.

Snatiation is a genetically inherited disorder.  The nerves that send a signal to the brain that you’re full are a little too close to the nerves that tell you to sneeze…..so when the full-nerves are firing, the sneeze-nerves fire away as well!  At least that’s my understanding from a little Wikipedia and random website research.

Anyway, I was very happy to share with David that his sneezing fits came from a real yet harmless genetic disorder, fun name and all.

Third, I wanted to share was an easy-peasy breakfast recipe: overnight oats!

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I love frosted oatmeal and am pretty content to enjoy it most mornings of the week (when I’m not having pancakes.)

I always forget about overnight oats. It’s funny because it’s such an easy breakfast concoction, but it does require planning ahead. When I remember, I like making this as I’m prepping the next day’s lunches.

The formula for basic overnight oats is simple. Stir together 3 ingredients:

1 6 oz container yogurt + 1/3 cup milk + 1/3 cup oats

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Then you add whatever mix-ins and toppings sound good.  Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Bananas slices
  • Chopped apple
  • Berries
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries
  • Chia seeds
  • Flax seeds
  • Almonds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Peanuts
  • Granola
  • Peanut butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Honey
  • Jam
  • Chocolate chips
  • Coconut flakes
  • Raisins
  • Dried cranberries

In other words, hundreds of delicious combinations are possible!

I kind of love that it’s also easy to make a dessert-like batch of overnight oats.

I’m not the only dessert-for-breakfast lover; others have made key lime pie, carrot cake, and chunky monkey.

I made my oatmeal with creamy Mango Chobani and unsweetened vanilla almond milk.  Then I mixed in 1 T whole flax seeds and topped with frozen berries.

The mixture may look a little runny at first, but the oats soften and expand by the morning.

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I popped it in the fridge, to wait for me with my coffee.

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The next morning I grabbed my bowl, warmed up the coffee and enjoyed the easy, delicious, and good-for-me breakfast.  Topped with Kashi GoLean Crunch for….well, crunch.  I like these oats better after I take the chill out — leaving it out of the fridge for ten minutes or microwaving for 15 seconds.

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Have a great day filled with all the best things!

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