The Economista: A Healthy Start Overnight


Welcome to The Economista! Brought to you by your first-year blogger/money-savvy best friend Karine Liu, The Economista is a blog for the budget-conscious Brunonian! Check back here each week for the tips and tricks that’ll have you rolling in your own sea of green out on the Main Green in no time!

And here we go, back into the swing of things! Hopefully, you’re returning to campus happier (definitely), healthier (wishful thinking here), and maybe a tad wealthier (a la winternship/last minute Christmas gift of cash from Grandma). Here’s to another semester of wallet-filling advice from a Brown frosh, who, like yourself if you’re reading this, has money on her mind!

Now, as someone who has recently downgraded her meal plan, you can imagine that I have been doing some serious meal managing. Now on Flex 330, I’ve taken to skipping the V-dub or The Blue Room (Ratty’s distance from my bed immediately negates it as an option) for breakfast and instead, turning to my deepest Pinterest desires:

Overnight Oats.

What You’ll Need:


  • ½ cup of Quick Cooking Oats
  • 2/3 cup of milk (I used rice milk, because lactose and I are consciously uncoupling)
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. flaxseed meal (optional)
  • 1 tbsp. honey (optional)
  • Handful of chocolate chips (optional usually, but REQUIRED on Mondays)


  1. Throw all ingredients into Tupperware/a mason jar if you’re feeling super DIY-tastic.
  2. Store in a fridge for 4-6 hours (even better if it’s overnight).

And, tada!

At least you’ll be in the comfort of your room when you Instagram this oatmeal from 8,000 different angles.

The oatmeal that makes waking up for 9ams on the daily just a touch better.

Not to mention, each serving (optionals included) was only $1.43! You can finally convince your parents of your healthy/responsible young adult eating habits, while also having a meal credit to spare for that midnight spicy with I know you’re craving.

It’ll be our little secret.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for any topics you’d like to see covered by The Economista, email me at! See you next week!


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