The options for oatmeal toppings are endless, but they typically have one thing in common – sugar. Whether it’s fresh fruit, dried fruit, chocolate chips, or just good old sugar straight up. And then your oatmeal ends up as a large bowl of strictly carbs. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with carbs, but I always try to make sure my meals have a good balance of macronutrients which means I like to add a little protein in, especially since we’re talking breakfast. I mean, it is the most important meal of the day! The combo of protein and carbs is perfect for giving me the energy and strength I need to kickstart my day. Below are my top 3 ways to protein up my oatmeals.
Vanilla Cinnamon Oatmeal
This is the combination I used to eat almost every morning and is super easy to make. The protein in the oatmeal comes from protein powder. You can use any brand you prefer. My favorite brand to use is Optimum Nutrition. I’ve found this to be the best tasting and one of the purest brands out there. Not to mention they sell huge packages of it at Costco for a great price so it’s also convenient and affordable. They stopped selling it in store at the Costco near me, but they still sell it online and it ships super fast.
Cook the oatmeal according to the instructions on the package and add a little extra water to account for the protein powder. I use the ratio of 1/2 cup of rolled oats to 1 1/2 cups water. Add 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder to your bowl first and then pour the cooked oatmeal in the bowl. Stir until the protein powder is completely dissolved and mixed with the oatmeal. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon and enjoy!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal
I’ll have this combination when I’m looking to treat myself as the peanut butter can potentially make up for almost half a day’s worth of fat depending on how much you pile on but oh my gosh is it delicious! Remember one serving of peanut butter is only 32 grams weighed out. The protein in this oatmeal also comes from protein powder and you can use any brand you prefer, but, again, I use Optimum Nutrition and purchase it online from Costco.
Cook the oatmeal according to the instructions on the package and add a little extra water to account for the protein powder. I use the ratio of 1/2 cup of rolled oats to 1 1/2 cups water. Add 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder to your bowl first and then pour the cooked oatmeal in the bowl. Stir until the protein powder is completely dissolved and mixed with the oatmeal. Top with a 1/2-1 serving of peanut butter and enjoy!
Vanilla Oatmeal with Whipped Egg Whites
While protein powder is a quick, convenient, and delicious source of protein, it is processed and it typically has some sort of artificial sweetener in it. So when I’m looking to have a cleaner bowl of oatmeal that’s still filled with protein I’ll have this combination which gets its protein from egg whites. This has actually been one of my go to breakfasts lately. I’ll make it the night before and then grab it and go in the morning when I head to the gym. I just heat it up in the microwave once I get to work. Super easy way to get a healthy breakfast on the go! I also use store bought liquid egg whites which I find easier and they also result in less waste. Poor little yolks 🙁 My favorite are Trader Joe’s 100% Cage Free Liquid Egg Whites. They don’t taste fake like many of the other liquid egg white brands I’ve tried.
Bring 1/2 cup of oats and 1 1/4 cup of milk or a dairy alternative to a boil in a small pot. I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Once the oats and milk come to a boil, turn the heat down to medium/low so that it’s at a nice simmer. Simmer for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour in 184 grams of egg whites and simmer for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. You can use more or less egg whites depending upon your taste, but I prefer this amount as it works out to about 25 grams of protein in total for the meal. Stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and let sit for 3 minutes. Sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy!
Hope you enjoy these recipes! 😛 What are some of your favorite ways to add protein to your oatmeal? I’m always looking for new recipes. 🙂