I think its easy to overdose on protein powder when you're trying to be conscientious to get enough protein to support fat loss or athletic performance. Now, protein powder is totally helpful, convenient, and ain't nothin' wrong with it - but I really prefer to eat my protein from whole food sources. I'm just not a huge protein powder enthusiast, but it helps that I have a mondo-appetite where eating all the food comes naturally to me.
In an effort to boost protein intake, its helpful to "sneak" protein in - almost the way I recommend sneaking in veggies for youngsters. Hence, stirring egg(whites) into rice & oatmeal are two of my fave ways to boost a meal's protein content without actually having to eat additional volume.
Pr'oatmeal (protein + oatmeal = pr'oatmeal!!) is my solution. I loveeee eating piping hot proatmeal on my fire escape in the cool temps of fall. No matter the toppings, it tastes DIVINE with a cup of hot black coffee.
Trust me on this one, the egg whites do NOT impart an egg-y taste but merely a delicious fluffiness and loads of nutrition. Just try it out and tag me on Instagram (@serenamarierd) when you try it #realfoodies!
coconut oil spray
3/4 c dry oats
1 cup egg whites
unsweetened almond milk
dash of vanilla
optional: cinnamon/pumpkin pie spice, to taste
Toppings: sliced berries or 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce + 1/4 cup pumpkin puree, well mixed; crushed walnuts or other nuts
Heat a small sauce pan over medium heat and spray with coconut oil once hot.
Add sliced banana and cook for 3 minutes, flipping frequently.
Reduce heat to medium low and add 1/2 cup of almond milk, stir, and add a dash of vanilla & cinnamon.
Add 3/4 cup oatmeal.
Stir in 1 cup of egg whites. Stir well.
Add 1/2 cup almond milk and stir.
Increase heat to medium and stir frequently for 3 minutes. Remove from heat when reaches desired thickness.
Toppings as desired! In the fall, I love mixiing applesauce and pumpkin puree with crushed nuts for a comforting fall flavor.