Counting calories has never worked for me. In all honesty it drives me INSANE. I find myself getting crazy over the littlest things and always end up self sabotaging in one way or another.
This is why the “Clean Eating” style has become my favorite guideline when it comes to eating. Clean Eating does not focus on calories, rather it focuses on eating real, whole, unprocessed food in balance and in moderation.
This has helped me SO much with my journey in weight loss and healthy living. I use the ‘Basic Clean Eating Principles’ and then tweak and adapt them to my needs.
One principle that has helped me tremendously has been to include lean protein, complex carbs, and healthy fats at every meal. This helps to balance out and maintain blood sugar levels which ultimately helps to keep us feeling satisfied (full!) longer. And since I don’t like the feeling of “hungry” this is a very, very good thing in my world:).
The first time I ever heard of adding protein powder to oatmeal, my initial thought was, “Eeewwww” and “What a waste of calories” but somewhere between then and now it’s become a favorite go-to breakfast (and sometime snack) of mine. It’s so hearty and warm and satisfying… I just love my protein oats. And the best part is that you can make so many different flavor combos.
The secret to making protein oats is to always cook your oats first and stir in the protein powder last. If you try and cook the oats with the powder mixed in you will end up with a big bowl of oatie-protein-mess.
SO tell me, do you like protein oats? If so, what’s your favorite flavor combo? (I’m presently torn between Strawberry-Vanilla and Chocolate-Peanut Butter).
Strawberry-Vanilla Protein Oats
Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
- ½ cup of dry oats
- 1 cup of water
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- a few dashes of cinnamon
- a few sprinkles of stevia
- ¼ unsweetened vanilla soymilk
- 5 strawberries, chopped up
- 2 tsp of sliced almonds
Place oats and water in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for two minutes, stirring once halfway through.
Stir in protein powder, cinnamon, and stevia. Add soymilk to thin out the oats a bit (you may use a little more or less depending on your preference).
Top with strawberries and almonds. Enjoy!
Nutrients Per Serving: Calories: 306; Total Fat: 8.2g; Saturated Fat: 1.2; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 30mg; Carbohydrate: 34.5g; Dietary Fiber: 6.4; Sugars: 5.5g; Protein: 26.6g