Yesterday was National Celiac Disease Awareness Day! Fun fact: September 13th was chosen because it is the birthday of Dr. Samuel Gee who was a research pioneer for Celiac disease.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder where a person’s small intestine is damaged by consuming gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Many food items found in a typical American diet contain some form of wheat so people with celiac disease need to be educated on foods that do not contain gluten and get creative with recipes.
Oats are a great carbohydrate alternative for those that are gluten free (just check the ingredients list to make sure it has no additives that may contain gluten). Have you heard of overnight oats? They are so easy to make and are a great quick grab and go option for breakfast, making them perfect for busy mornings before school!
Try this overnight oats recipe with the family and everyone can make their own fun flavor combination!
- 1/3 cups almond milk
- 1/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds (They add protein and healthy fats which help fill you up in the morning)
- 1/2 mashed banana
The night before, add all ingredients to a jar and stir well. Put jar in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, you can add more milk if you want to make it a thinner consistency. Then everyone can add their own fun toppings to the base. Some good toppings would be fresh fruit, any kind of nut butter, dried coconut, figs or raisins, spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg or vanilla extract. Yum!