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I've always been a huge fan of breakfast, eating it often being one of the first things I do in the morning. I've tried many different breakfast ideas, hopping on the smoothie bowl trend and, of course, eating avocado toast whenever I can. As I became busier though, I decided to give meal prepping a go, or at least for breakfast anyway.



Over the past year or so I have been eating overnight oats for breakfast most weekdays. Unsurprisingly, I have created my ideal base overnight oats recipe which I add different fruit and flavouring combos to whenever I want to switch it up!


This breakfast is perfect for those who aren't big on eating breakfast and those who are, meeting in the middle with a smaller portion size that still leaves you feeling full all morning.


I've always liked how easily customisable overnight oats can be, a tablespoon of protein powder turning it into a protein packed breakfast, or a few spices creating gingerbread oats.


Here are a few of my favourite flavour combos:


Gingerbread oats: Add 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg, 1/4 tsp ground ginger, and 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon to oats before adding milk.


Coconut and Cranberry oats: Add 1 tbsp dried cranberries and 1 tbsp threaded coconut to oats.


Salted Caramel Protein oats: Add 1 tbsp/portion of salted caramel protein to oats before adding milk.


Peanut Butter Chocolate oats: Add 1 tsp cacao powder before adding milk. Add 1 tsp peanut butter along with the milk.


If you're not looking to create a specific flavour combo, try adding in whatever you can find in the pantry!

Other add in ideas:

  • Fresh fruit

  • Spirulina powder

  • Slivered almonds

  • Flavoured almond milk/milk

  • Natural sweeteners eg maple syrup

  • Dark chocolate chips


Overnight oats are great for saving time in the morning and can be kept in the fridge for up to 4 days (keeping in mind that certain fruits may go off quicker). I will usually prep 4 jars of oats on Sunday night to keep me going through until Thursday.


See below for my all time favourite overnight oats recipe.


Banana and Cinnamon Overnight Oats


Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup rolled oats

  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/2 banana

  • 2/3 c almond milk (or any milk of your choice)


Method

Add the oats, chia seeds, and cinnamon into a jar or container of your choice. Mix to combine.

Chop the banana in half lengthways and then into slices and add into the jar.

Pour in the milk and stir to combine.

Leave to refrigerate overnight for a quick and easy breakfast the next day!



Overnight oats are super quick and can be customised easily, they may just be you're new go-to brekkie!


Maddy x



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Muesli always goes like crazy in my household. Every time I make it I have to double if not triple the recipe! I love how versatile it is, making it a great way to clear the pantry.




I often make this recipe on a Sunday ready for the week ahead. It is perfect for meal prepping and super quick and easy to do which is one of the reasons I love it!


This recipe is already full of goodies and as my all time favourite mix ins are dried cranberries and coconut I've included them in this recipe, but feel free to mix and match different ingredients to try new flavour combos.


Stuck for ideas? Try maple and almond or blueberry and chia.




CRANBERRY + COCONUT MUESLI

Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup Fresh Life pumpkin seeds

  • 1 cup Fresh Life coconut chips

  • ⅔ cup Fresh Life dried cranberries

  • 3 cup oats

  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

  • 2 tsp vanilla

  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Method

  • Line a large baking tray with baking paper.

  • Heat maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla and cinnamon in a large pot over low heat. Stir until combined and formed a thin liquid.

  • Add in oats and toss to fully coat. Spread oats evenly out onto baking tray and place in oven for 12 minutes, using a wooden spoon to mix half way through.

  • Once oats are golden, add in the rest of the ingredients, mixing to combine before placing back in the oven for a further 5 minutes.

  • Allow to cool before serving.


Let me know what your favourite muesli add ins are in the comments as I'd love to know!


Maddy x

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Ever wondered how people create such professional looking pins on Pinterest? It is way easier than many people think, and can easily be done for free!


Over quarantine I planned on starting up a business Pinterest account however had little idea as to where to start. I did some research, educating myself on the basics before trying out the tips for myself. To find out how I quadrupled my Pinterest following in less than a month, click here.


Over time I have developed my own Pinterest strategy, pinning around 40 pins daily. While these 40 pins don't necessarily need to all be your own, as I explained in my post 'How to grow your Pinterest in just 10 minutes a day', it is important that you are pinning your own content if you are planning on using the platform to direct traffic to your website.


I create my Pinterest content on Canva. Canva is a free graphic design platform that can be used to create all sorts of designs (Disclaimer: this is not sponsored, I just really like it!).

The platform already has Pinterest pin templates, which are a great option if you are short for time or unsure as to how to start. There are even different topics like food pin templates and travel pin templates!


But how do you create eye catching Pinterest content from scratch?


Start by deciding whether you would like to add a photo to the pin.

When advertising a recipe or a product, I highly suggest using a photo in the pin. If the pin is about something statistical like 'How I Quadrupled My Pinterest Following in Less than a Month', try adding a photo of a chart to the pin. Don't have a photo? No problem! Unsplash has a huge library of free images you can use.*


*Not sponsored, it is just super helpful!


Choose a fun font.

Fonts are very important in creating eye catching designs. You should use fonts that are large and easy to read to display the title of your pin. Simple and wide fonts tend to be the best. If you want to add extra information to the pin, eg 'Visit yourblog.com to learn more' , try using a different and fancier font to make the pin a little more exciting!


Create a catchy title.

Every pin needs a simple and catchy title to be successful. Consider whether the content of the pin fits into any popular categories, like a recipe could be healthy, vegan, or a dessert, and make sure to add that key word into the title. If you are unsure as to what to title your pin, try searching up similar pins and taking inspiration from their titles. However, do your best to avoid completely copying the title of another pin.


Use contrasting colours.

Contrasting colours ensure that the text in your pin can be clearly read. Most pins will use black text but try and get creative with colours if you can!


Now all you need to do is try it out for yourself!

If you have any questions or feel I have missed anything please let me know in the comments below.


Maddy x


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