Cherry Overnight Oats and My Second 10 Mile Run

For breakfast this morning, I had one of my absolute favorites – overnight oats in a peanut butter jar.  So delicious!!  I love using a nearly empty peanut butter jar as my overnight oat container.  It’s really not that much different from a bowl but for some reason, oats just taste better when they are in a peanut butter jar.    


 For those of you who are not familiar with “oats in a jar”, allow me to introduce you to a tasty breakfast.  It’s so easy.  When you get to the end of a peanut butter jar (about one tablespoon of peanut butter remaining in the bottom), make your overnight oats in the jar.

I know that there are tons of overnight oat recipes floating around the internet but in case you’re curious, here’s how I make my oats:

Overnight Oats
1. Combine the following in a bowl, small container or nearly empty peanut butter jar: 1/2 cup old fashioned oats (not cooked), 1 Tbsp Chia seeds.
2. Add 1 small container of flavored Greek yogurt (I love Chobani).
3. Fill up the empty yogurt container with almond milk (you could also use dairy milk, soy milk, coconut milk, etc.) and add to mixture.
4. Stir until combined.
5. Refrigerate overnight.
Just prior to eating, top oats with your desired toppings: nut butter, granola, fruit, shredded coconut, etc.
I made today’s overnight oats with Chobani’s Black Cherry yogurt – yum!!  I love cherries and was very excited to have cherry overnight oats this morning.

Yesterday I completed my second 10 mile run.  As my half marathon approaches, I’m trying to make sure my legs get used to longer distances while leaving enough time to taper right before the race.  I’m realizing that fuel makes a huge difference in my ability to run longer distances.  Making sure that I stretch, foam roll and consume protein after my run also helps a ton with my recovery. 

Have you tried overnight oats?

If you’ve done a half marathon, what was your longest training run prior to the race?



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4 Responses to Cherry Overnight Oats and My Second 10 Mile Run

  1. Heidi says:

    I have tried overnight oats, but didn’t like them. What I did instead was made oatmeal and added it to the almost empty jar and it was heavenly:)
    My longest training run for the half was 19km 🙂

    • Em says:

      Heidi, putting oatmeal in the peanut butter jar is a wonderful idea! I’m definitely going to try it for breakfast. Way to go on the training run! I haven’t broken 10 miles yet but hopefully will soon.

  2. fairyburger says:

    I’ve been trying to eat all the food in my pantry/fridge before buying anything again (in an effort to save some money, haha) so I’ve been making overnight oats again. :] My latest creation is blueberry coconut–we’ll see how that turns out tomorrow morning!

    The longest distance I ever ran before my [one and only] half marathon was 10-11-ish miles…once, but my training for it was rather suboptimal because I was studying for my MCATs at the time. ._. You’re doing a much better job on the training than I did. 😛 Good luck to you! :]

    • Em says:

      Thank you! Blueberry coconut sounds delicious! I hope it turns out well. Way to go for training for a half marathon at the same time as studying for the MCATs – that’s amazing!!

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