Post-Holiday Food Ideas

Oatmeal with fruit and nuts

By Queen’s University Peer Health Educators

The holidays are everyone’s favourite time of the year; friends, family, and home-cooked food. The only thing harder than coming back after the holidays is getting back into the routine that had taken you a whole semester to establish. Here are some healthy breakfast recipes that will hopefully make the back to school transition a little bit easier.

Overnight oats are easy, versatile, and portable; you start your day with a wholesome breakfast AND make it to your 8:30 classes.

Classic Overnight Oat Recipe

  • ⅓ cup Greek Yogurt
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ⅔ cups milk (1%, 2%, almond, doesn’t matter!)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Honey

Mix together all the ingredients (with whatever else you want to add) and leave it in the fridge overnight. Pro tip: You can make a big match on Sunday nights and make breakfast for the whole week.

I’ve eaten this for breakfast every day for the past two months and I’ve never gotten tired of it because there are so many ways to spice it up. My personal favourite is the chocolate peanut butter version, just add 2 tablespoons of both cocoa powder and peanut butter to the classic recipe.

Granola is another quick, versatile option; it can be eaten as cereal or added to a parfait.

Almond Granola

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup almonds (mixture of sliced and whole)
  • ⅓ cup honey or maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Heat honey and coconut oil in a bowl until the coconut oil melts, then add vanilla. Add oats, brown sugar, and almonds to the bowl and stir until everything is properly mixed. Spread an even layer on a baking tray and place in the oven at 350 F for 30 minutes. Make sure you flip halfway.

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