overnight oats

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The Morning Shortcut

Instant oatmeal is convenient, but if you can get into the habit of making overnight oats (with old-fashioned rolled oats), you'll be able to enjoy a breakfast that's just as easy, but better for you. The instant variety—which is heavily processed—is a high-glycemic-index food, which leads to blood sugar spikes and the body's release of pro-inflammatory substances.