Winter Wellness Tip Number 12: Caffeine

Well, it is officially the last week of Winter! I'm not sure that we will see much of a change in the weather in the coming weeks, especially as Spring tends to bring a fair amount of rain with it, but at least we can look forward to some milder temperatures and take comfort in the fact that Summer is soon around the corner.

It is rather ironic that I have just finished a nice cup of morning coffee that I should tell you that too much caffeine can effect your immune system! 

One or two cups a day is fine, however if you have in excess of this (and remember to count any cups of tea and also energy drinks) then it could be putting extra stress on your immune system meaning that you are more susceptible to any bugs that are going around. 

I would suggest that you try and swap some of your caffeine heavy drinks with herbal teas. Red Seal have a new range out at the supermarket that are pretty tasty and there are some interesting looking flavours to try. 

This small change may go a long way in keeping you healthy, not to mention helping your wallet stay full, particularly if you are a cafe coffee drinker like myself!

 

This weeks recipe is a very simple breakfast or afternoon snack if you prefer. It does take some prep work the night before, but it is definately worth it. While it is a cold recipe, you can pop it in the microwave to warm it up slightly before tucking in. 

Overnight Oats:

1/2 Cup of Rolled Oats (not the quick cook oats)

1/2 Cup of Almond milk (or any that you prefer)

1 tsp chia seeds

Half a grated apple or pear

pinch of cinnamon

Handful of mixed berries

 

Mix all of the above ingredients in a mason jar or plastic container, making sure that the oats are covered completely. Put a lid on it and pop it in the fridge overnight and in the morning you will have a healthy, creamy, filling breakfast to get you started for the day. In the morning, give it a quick stir and if you want to you could add a spoonful of greek yoghurt and a sprinkle of nuts for a bit of crunch.

The combinations for overnight oats are endless and you can put in whatever types of fruits, nuts, seeds, coconut etc. you like, dried fruit also works well, just watch the amount as the sugar content in dried fruit is much higher than fresh fruit. As long as you stick to the same oat/milk ratio you are good to experiment away to your hearts content.

Enjoy!