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I'm nearly a week into my 2021 resolution to cut sugar and about 10 pounds using Noom (you can follow my journey and my very unhealthy obsession with cookies here). Seven days in and I'm actually down about four pounds, although I realize some of that it is likely water weight. I need a win, so I'm taking it.
If you're new to Noom, it's awesome (use promo code NEWYEAR80 for a discount!). It's not really a diet, but more like a rewiring of your brain and how you think about food. The app is filled with mini-lessons for you to complete each day as you track your progress. The lessons help you clue into what your bad habits are and the psychology behind why you're eating the way you are. No foods are off-limits, they're just color-coded. Green foods are the most nutritionally and/or water-dense, red foods are the most calorically dense and/or least water-dense, and yellow is somewhere in the middle.
Getting started on Noom, I needed breakfast solutions that would be easy, delicious, filling, and would start my day as much in the green zone as possible. Ladies and gentlemen, I have found the perfect recipe. Meet what our kids have dubbed, "Banana Cookie Overnight Oats."
Mash up the two bananas in a bowl and add all the other ingredients together.
Stir well and transfer to a mason jar or a cup with a lid.
Place in the refrigerator overnight.
In the morning, add any toppings like walnuts, bananas, cinnamon, or blueberries.
Hint: All of the foods in this recipe are green on Noom, other than the chia seeds (which are red). If you're trying to budget your red foods, you can omit these.
Feel free to spice this up with any toppings or add-ins of your choice. When I make this for my kids, I put out little topping bowls with sliced bananas, chopped walnuts, dark chocolate chips (on special occasions), and coconut flakes. It's a big hit and very hands-on. This recipe makes three servings, each with 333 calories (273 if you omit the chia seeds). One jar is good in the refrigerator for up to three days.