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I love a good hot bowl of oatmeal on a chilly winter morning. It’s a great way to get warmed up after coming in from a cold run! Oatmeal is a great way to get in those whole grain carbs, but what about the protein? Adding some protein to that bowl of oats can help keep you full longer. Plus protein is important for rebuilding muscle. After a hard workout you should aim to get a 3:1 or 4:1 carbohydrates to protein ratio in your system.
I have two tricks I use to make sure I’m getting enough protein along with my oats…
1. Egg whites. Egg whites can be cooked into your oatmeal. It sounds a little weird, but you don’t taste them at all. The eggs just change the texture to be a little fluffier.
To make: Cook oatmeal according to package directions. Stir in 1/2 cup of egg whites. Continue to cook until set. Sweeten and top as usual.
Bonus tip: If you like salty and sweet combos, consider topping your oats with an over easy egg. The sweetness of the oatmeal and salted egg yolk can be a delicious pairing!
2. Protein powder. This is a super easy addition to oatmeal. I usually use whatever protein powder I have on hand. I’ve done it with whey and vegan protein powders and it works well with any kind.
To Make: After your oats are cooked, add in a scoop of your favorite protein powder. (You might need an extra splash of milk to thin it out.) Stir and top as usual.
3. Cottage Cheese or Greek Yogurt. Stir in a scoop of cottage cheese when your oatmeal is done cooking. Greek yogurt works too.
To Make: Cook oats according to package directions. Stir in a serving of greek yogurt or cottage cheese. Top and sweeten as usual.