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We’ve all done it. We’ve stared at our morning bowl of oatmeal and sighed, thinking, “Where did I go wrong?” The brown sludginess that is oatmeal has so many possibilities, but, this morning, your inspiration levels are down, the fight in you has left.
Well, friends, you can break through that blandness barrier by boosting the protein in your oatmeal in these 5 tasty ways:
1. Add an Egg
This may sound super weird, but trust me, adding an egg just after turning off the heat adds a silky smoothness to your oatmeal that you can’t get with the plain stuff. It also adds 6g of protein and packs in a dose of Vitamins D, B12, choline and selenium. Bam!
2. Top with Greek Yogurt
If you read my blog, you’ll notice that I put Greek Yogurt in everything. That’s not only because I’ve recently started making it myself, but because it’s got a hearty 13g of protein per serve along with a much lesser chance of ruining my stomach because of the amount of sugars that’ve been eaten up by the bacteria.
3. Mix in Chia Seeds
These tiny boosters hold their own when it comes to protein: a standard serve of just 2 tablespoons adds 4g of protein. They have another secret power – when added to liquid, they increase in volume and thicken; filling you up more! This property also makes them a naturally perfect pair for oatmeal.
4. Top with Hemp Seeds
The topping du jour right now, hemp seeds are a fantastically nutty way to add some micronutrient heft to your bowl. 2 tablespoons of hulled hemp seeds gives you 6g of protein, 10g of good fat (mostly coming from omega-3 and omega-6), and 1g fiber.
5. Add Nuts
Old faithful, nuts give you crunch, salt, fat and protein. The quantities obviously vary depending on what ones you use, but add a small scoop and watch your satiety levels soar.
What tweaks do you make to your morning meals?