Lemon Berry Protein Oatmeal

Lemon Berry Protein Oatmeal

Protein Oatmeal or “Proatmeal” as I like to call it used to be a staple in my diet. I decided to make this lemon berry version one day last a couple weeks ago to attempt to add grains back in my diet (the gluten-free ones at least). It was swimming day so I knew I’d use up the carbs in an hour or so when I would begin my workout. However, after eating it that day I haven’t attempted grains again because I did not feel very well afterwards. I think I also ate quinoa and a tortilla in that same day or week though so I might have overdone it. Currently I’m just working on getting yogurt back in so we’ll see how that goes.

If you’re fortunate enough to eat a lot of oatmeal in your diet like I used to then you definitely need to give protein oatmeal a try. I think it’s a great way to sweeten oatmeal and add a ton of protein to your breakfast. (Assuming your protein powder is sweetened). Plus you can get super creative with flavor combos which of course I love to do.

Lemon Berry Protein Oatmeal

The lemon berry one was inspired by the fact that I had a bunch of lemons to use and I had just made some chia jam. It’s mixed berries but you could definitely go the straight raspberry or blackberry route here too. I’m usually not a HUGE fruity fan. I’m more of the banana-chocolate-peanut-butter lover. But this berry and lemon combination is light and refreshing. I can imagine it being a great meal to eat outside on the porch with the sunrise on a just-cool-enough spring or summer morning.

Lemon-Berry Protein Oatmeal

Lemon-Berry Protein Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/2-1 cup almond milk (depending on how soupy you like your oatmeal)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 serving vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tbsp jam of choice*

Instructions

  1. Pour milk into oats and microwave for 2 minutes
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients and top with fresh berries and lemon zest if desired
  3. For the jam
  4. you can buy your own (watch for added sugars) or make simple chia seed jam: Fresh or frozen berries (about 2 cups, thawed) heat over medium heat on a skillet and mash them as they warm up. Add 1 tbsp chia seeds and keep heating and mashing until a smooth consistency is reached. Store in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Macronutrient Breakdown: 337 calories, 35g Carbs, 5g Fat, 31g Protein

http://www.morethanpancakes.com/lemon-berry-protein-oatmeal/

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