Have you ever mixed together some protein powder with some fruit juices or milk to make some delicious oatmeal cookies? It’s not as easy as it looks. Sometimes it takes a bit of trial and error before you find the perfect combination. Mixing different foods or drinks with oats can cause an upset stomach if not done right. You might want to try shakes, smoothies and oatmeal for a healthy snack or an easy dinner.
Protein Powder Oatmeal
For a healthy breakfast, try the chocolate protein powder oatmeal with fresh fruit. For a nice healthy snack, top some fresh berries with your protein powder. Try mixing blueberries with walnuts for a healthy breakfast. For a satisfying healthy lunch or dinner, top raw vegetables with chopped fresh fruit. Blueberries, sliced banana and an assortment of vegetables including peaches, oranges and cucumbers make a delicious lunch or dinner.
If you’re trying to lose weight, protein powder oatmeal can help. When adding protein powder to your diet, be careful about the types of calories you choose. One of the most common causes of weight gain is excess calories from food and other sources. When you add protein to your diet, be sure to choose the low-calorie options. If you’re still hungry after eating just one serving, that means you didn’t eat enough calories to gain weight.
Another way to add protein powder oatmeal to your diet is to substitute oatmeal for peanut butter. A simple substitution is to replace half a cup of dry oats in your favorite recipe with one serving of peanut butter. If you like peanut butter on toast, you can also substitute half a cup of cooked oatmeal for the bread. The only difference will be that the meal will be higher in calories. If you need to cut back on calories even more, consider making oatmeal cookies, peanut butter sandwich cookies or brownies.
For snacks and sweet treats, there are some great alternatives. You can add protein per serving by mixing in a scoop of chocolate pudding with any favorite snack mix or sugar free pudding mix. For an even lower fat and/or no calorie snack, freeze dried ices made with cinnamon, licorice or cocoa powder as a topping for cereal or yogurt. Again, be careful with the nutrition information for this one because depending on the brand, the ices may contain more sugar than regular ice.
Another great way to use protein porridge for breakfast is to add it to porridge for breakfast. For instance, to make medium heat porridge, stir together one tablespoon of dried oats, one tablespoon of softened cream cheese, one cup of low fat or nonfat milk and two tablespoons of fresh or strained pure maple syrup in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir, let the oatmeal cook and then add the dry ingredients to the milk. Bring the whole mixture to a gentle boil and then turn off the stove.
For the last breakfast of the day, stir in two teaspoons of instant coffee or tea (I like the flavored type). If you like a smoothie, use a blender. Then add one cup of skim milk or soy milk (make sure it’s nonfat) and two tablespoons of protein powder (I like Opti-Pro. Mix until smooth and serve with fresh fruit (only if you like it), crackers and a little slice of banana. You can also add low fat or no-fat yogurt or fresh fruits. My sister loves fruit; she eats it at least four times a day!
As you can see, there are endless ways to use protein powder in your everyday life. It’s all about using your imagination and experimenting. There are many recipes available online for different protein options. With a little creativity and imagination, you can create your own original meals that you can enjoy every day!