Oatmeal used to be a thing of the past for me...until it wasn't. Let me explain. When I first started hardcore paleo-ing, I avoided oats like the plague. I thought I'd blow up if I even looked in the oatmeal aisle's direction. But since easing up on the paleo reigns and opening up my diet to be more encompassing of other foods under the "clean eating" umbrella, oats slowly made their comeback in my routine. And now they are back with a delicious vengeance.
Yes, they are high in carbs (GASP). No, they're not as complex a carb source as, say, a head of broccoli (DOUBLE GASP). I'm just not always jonesing for broccoli at 8AM, which I know makes me just an awful human and would put me in the principal's office at the paleo academy. Well put my ass in detention, because I am back on the oatmeal bandwagon. I'm in love, I'm in love, and I don't care who knows it!!!
Oats just don't give me stomach issues like some other grains and they are a great carb source when I need a refeed following a strenuous day of weight training. Now, when I do eat oatmeal, I make sure to add a protein source in there with it. Like I said, oatmeal can be great if you tolerate the grain, but rarely do you want to just down a bowl of carbs without any kind of protein or fat source to help digest the nutrients and satiate you.
Follow this recipe for a homemade, high protein oatmeal breakfast that takes less than 5 minutes to make and will leave you full and happy!
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup quick cooking steel cut oats
- 3/4 cups liquid egg whites
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp nut butter of choice
- 1 tbsp walnuts, chopped
- In a microwave safe bowl, mash the banana.
- Whisk in the almond milk, oats, egg whites, vanilla and cinnamon.
- Place in the microwave (on high) for 3 minutes, removing every 45 seconds to briefly mix up.
- Add a dollop of nut butter and chopped walnuts before devouring.