I love oatmeal, but it’s not something I normally want to eat in the summer months. Inspired by Angela at Oh She Glows, I made Vegan Overnight Oats! And no, I’m not a vegan in practice, I’m just lactose intolerant. The texture is really nice, a little bit chewy, but not at all sticky the way cooked oats are. I use a little bit of light coconut milk, and it makes me think I’m eating ice kachang. It feels like a light breakfast but it’s very satisfying and I like how quick it is.
It was easy, delish, and calorically-speaking, not that bad.
Vegan Overnight Oats
In a bowl, throw together–
1/2 cup dry oatmeal (120 cals)
1/2 cup light coconut milk (70 cals)
1/2 cup unsweetened milk (35 cals)
1 tsp of chia seeds (the new superfood!)
Let sit overnight in the fridge.
The next morning, I added some fresh strawberries. And because I don’t eat “normal” sugar, yes I did add a little bit of artificial sweetener.
I wasn’t particularly athletic in middle school and high school, so I’ve always associated any kind of exercise-related exertion as being evidence that I’m not fit, not athletic, not cut out for [insert athletic activity here]. Feeling like I need to breathe harder? Bit of sweat trickling down my back? Soreness in my abs? My immediate reaction was “I can’t do this.” I always assumed that people who run on weekends, play in tennis weeknight tennis leagues, or workout regularly do it all with relative ease. I always thought it was easy for everyone else but me.
That’s all changed now. One of the most important things I’ve learned from my trainer and from running is that it’s never going to be easy (hence the “work” in “working out”), and that it’s ok to push myself physically. I think it was our 7th session–we were talking about my progress, and I said that I was bummed that the workouts weren’t getting easier. My trainer laughed in a good-natured way, “Um, it’s not supposed to get easier. Your workouts are actually getting harder. Stop thinking of yourself as someone who can’t do this.”
It’s been hard. Sometimes on a long run, I want to stop because I’m not supposed to be a runner! Or when I’m in the middle of a plank/push up series, Huh, my arms feel tingly. I should just take a break now. But when I do push through, it feels pretty awesome.