overnight oats

Self-care: Before & After Birth

Taking time for ourselves is tricky, especially when we find ourselves multi-tasking most of the day. Considering our own needs can become something of a distant memory.

Set yourself up for the day with a really nutritious breakfast – it can be made in advance and the good thing is the quantities you make can keep you going for several days.

No more grabbing an unexciting piece of toast or a handful of biscuits, this will really boost you on many levels.

Overnight Oats:
I have to admit, I’m something of a late convert to this. I’ve seen so many images from friends on Instagram and the like and there was something that I simply couldn’t get my head around. It may have to do with being raised in a generation where oats were served hot – who knows?

So I’m writing this from a place of ‘wow, I didn’t realise it could be this easy and taste so good’.

I’m something of a visual person, very rarely using kitchen scales, so apologies for those of you who need exact measurements :)

You will need:

Oats (roughly 200g give or take!)
Milk / Soya / Almond (whichever is your dietary preference)
1/2 tin coconut milk (optional)
Flaked almonds (optional)
Ground chia seeds (optional)

Currently I’m adding milled flaxseed, almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts & co-enzyme Q10 to my mixtures (available from health food stores – the brand is Linwoods and they offer a wide variety of milled nuts / seeds)

Method: put all the dry ingredients in a bowl and stir to mix them thoroughly. Then add the wet ingredient(s) and stir in. You will want the mixture to be quite runny / gloopy as the oats and other ingredients will soak up the moisture. (Otherwise you will have a rather solid mixture the following morning – not so nice).

Cover and pop in the fridge. Takes about 3-4 minutes to make and you’re done. My mix (as I’m the only one eating it) lasts me about 3-4 days. So that’s a huge saving in time – plus – you have a healthy start which will help boost energy levels too.

Simply add a fruit compote or chopped bananas / other fruits each morning!

With thanks to Jenny Burrell Education for this gorgeous recipe.

Continue your self-care by joining one of my yoga classes this September:

Mum & Baby – held on Tuesday mornings 9.45 to 11.05am – this is a safe post-natal class for you with a strong focus on core and pelvic floor, finishing with a mini-baby-yoga session at the end.

Pregnancy Yoga – held Thursday evenings 7.30 to 9pm – safe, modified yoga to see you through your pregnancy and help you prepare for birth.


Picture: Google images / Pinterest

Esprit Yoga

Passionate about teaching yoga and meditation and their many therapeutic and remedial uses, has been a way of life for Esprit Yoga for more than 25 years. Further details on classes & workshops can be found at: http://www.claire-murphy.com