Fuel-Filled Morning Meal
A bowl of oatmeal is a great way to start the day, but if it has one flaw, it’s that it is typically low in protein. That’s why a traditional serving often isn’t very filling and can leave you feeling hungry long before lunch. Our Protein Rich Oatmeal is a deliciously healthy, muscle-building meal with the ultimate energy boost because it has the perfect ratio of carbohydrates to protein to fat and is loaded with fiber that will keep you full and satisfied. In other words, our recipe contains protein-rich skyr and omega-3’s from nuts and seeds to balance the insulin response from the fiber-filled oats and fruit. We love the contrasting tastes and textures in this low sugar breakfast bowl — cool and creamy skyr, hot and chewy oatmeal, crunchy walnuts and hemp seeds, combined with the hint of vanilla and juicy berries that add a slight natural sweetness. Each spoonful is packed with health benefits that fight inflammation and balance hormones and is loaded with probiotics for a healthy gut and immune system. With a rich and satiating combination of nutrient-dense toppings, our Protein Rich Oatmeal is so much more satisfying than a standard serving of oats.
Nutrient Booster: Oats
Oats are a gluten-free whole grain and a great source of many important vitamins, minerals, and fiber. This whole grain is high in antioxidants and beneficial plant compounds that may help reduce blood pressure and lower inflammation. Oats contain large amounts of soluble fiber which has numerous health benefits, including lowering LDL and total cholesterol levels, reducing blood sugar and insulin response, increasing feelings of fullness, and increasing good bacteria during digestion. This specific type of fiber called beta-glucan may reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some forms of cancer. There are so many ways to enjoy the nutritional benefits of oats. Add them to breads or muffins, bake them into cookies, sprinkle it on your cereal, or start your morning with a bowl of our Protein-Rich Oatmeal.
Build Your Own Bowl
With the right ratio of nutritious ingredients, there are so many creative ways to build your own bowl of protein-rich oatmeal. We love using Icelandic Provisions Skyr in our recipe because it is high in protein, yet light on sugar. However, other high-protein, calcium-rich toppings can include Greek yogurt or cottage cheese. While fresh berries are plentiful in the summer, any fruit, like banana, pomegranates, apple slices, and pears will add a delicious and vitamin-packed sweetness. For an extra boost of omega-3 crunch, top your bowl with almonds, pecans, SuperSeedz Pumpkin Seeds, or chia seeds. Flavorful heart-healthy fats can also include almond butter or peanut butter. If you need a little more sweetness, drizzle on something natural, like World of Chia Fruit Spreads, sorghum syrup or real maple syrup, honey, or agave nectar. With so many healthy options, your favorite oatmeal toppings can give you a big boost of energy and make your breakfast meal anything but boring.
Protein Rich Oatmeal
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons walnuts, or nuts/seeds of choice
- 2 (5.3 ounce) containers Vanilla Icelandic Provisions Skyr
- 1/4 cup frozen, defrosted berries of choice
- 1½ teaspoons hemp seeds
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring the water to a boil. Reduce heat and add rolled oats, sea salt, and vanilla extract. Cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until desired consistency. Remove from heat, and cover for two minutes. Top with walnuts, hemp seeds, berries and Icelandic Provisions vanilla skyr, and serve.
Serving size: 1 serving Calories: 315 calories, Fat: 6 grams, Saturated fat: 1.5 grams, Carbohydrates: 45 grams, Sugar: 13 grams, Sodium: 360 milligrams, Fiber: 7 grams, Protein: 22 grams, Cholesterol: 0 milligrams
Disclosure: Triad to Wellness has provided nutrition consultation for Icelandic Provisions. However, we were not compensated for this post. All opinions are our own.