This is the oatmeal recipe you’ve been waiting for.
While oatmeal may seem like a quintessential winter breakfast, it’s actually ideal year-round. Oats are incredibly healthy—loaded with beta glucan, fiber and plant-strong protein.
Beta glucan, the polysaccharides (sugars) found in abundance in oats, hasbeen linked to numerous noteworthy health benefits, including protection against cancer and the ability to help fight off bacterial infections. They can help fight against high cholesterol, diabetes, and even HIV/AIDS.
Oats also contain a good amount of fiber—both soluble (absorbing water) and insoluble, which doesn’t get broken down by the body. This insoluble fiber is actually quite healthy for the digestive tract and can protect against hemorrhoids, diverticular disease, constipation, intestinal ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease and colon cancer.
You’re ready for the recipe now, aren’t you?
Well hang on just a few minutes more.
This recipe also includes organic whey protein like our mustHave whey. Why do we add this? Not just because we love whey, but because it gives the oatmeal a creamy protein boost. Consider this oatmeal recipe a smoothie alternative, one that satisfies your protein needs but gives you something a little more, well, satisfying.
And we can’t leave out the fruit! Berries are such a good fruit choice because they’re naturally low in sugars but also quite high in antioxidants, those free radical fighting nutrients that can keep us feeling (and looking) younger and healthier.
It’s almost a shame to relegate this just to breakfast. So, we won’t blame you if you feel the need to eat oatmeal for lunch or dinner too.
Makes one large or two small servings
1 cup rolled (not quick-cooking!) oats
1 cup milk or nondairy milk of choice
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries or blackberries
2 tablespoons whey protein powder
1 pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, mix oats, salt, milk, and vanilla. Stir frequently while heating until oats absorb most of the liquid. Be careful not to scald the milk. When oats are thick and most of the liquid is gone, add protein powder and berries and reduce heat. Cover and let cook a few minutes more until the berries start to breakdown. Remove from heat and allow to cool a few minutes before serving.
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