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protein source with oatmeal?


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I decided to incorporate oatmeal for breakfast sometimes and started today.  I had regular rolled oats with a little brown sugar and cinnamon added.  The problem is when I logged it, 79% of the calories were carbs.  So for lunch I had only protein and fat to even it out.  By the end of the day I had an appropriate balance of carbs, fat and protein.

My question is, what is a good protein source that goes with oatmeal but is low in calories?  Maybe a hard boiled egg?

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Do you want it on the side or mixed in? Eggs are a great source of protein and could work. What about some lean sausage or bacon? I haven't tried it, but I've heard of people mixing in cottage cheese with their oatmeal. That's certainly protein packed. Maybe also adding a few nuts if you can spare the fat.

Peanut butter is great.  I like to mash up 1/2 a banana and 1 tbsp pb in my hot oatmeal.  Yum!  You could put whole peanuts or other nuts in if you don't want the added salt and sugar from pb.

I have an egg-white omlette with my oatmeal, and you could also have some homemade turkey sausage (made from turkey breast and spices) or Greek yogurt, which is also high protein.

As far as add-ins go, try cooking your oats in milk instead of water and add some whey protein powder (plain or flavored) and nuts or nut butters.

Those are all great ideas!  Thanks, I will play around with some of these combinations. Wink

I love whipping egg whites with pumpkin, stevia, soy milk a dash of nutmeg and ginger, then will stir in some oatmeal and microwave until the eggs make it all puff up. I've also been known to blend in some dry curd cottage cheese (excellent flavorless, low sodium protein source) and/or a scoop of protein powder. 

I'm having oatmeal right now for breakfast!

 

I stir in 2 TBS of natural peanut butter (may be a bit much, you might want to try 1 TBS first, see if you like it) along with half of a gratted apple. (The other half of the apple you can just eat, or you can eat it with the TBS of peanut butter if you only added 1 TBS of peanut butter to your oatmeal.) I also add cinnamon and 1 tbs brown sugar, and sometimes, a TBS of chocolate chips.... 

 

1  Cup oatmeal (1/2 cup cooked in 1 cup water), 2 TBS peanut butter, 1 TBS brown sugar, and half a grated apple and 1 TBS chocolate chips comes out to be just under 500 calories, which is a good breakfast! Filling and will hold you over for a good while.

I always have oatmeal porridge with milk for breakfast followed by one of the following:

Sardines on whole wheat toast (the usual)

Eggs with a slice of toast (about once a week)

A veggie dog on whole wheat bread (not very often)

So I have oatmeal, toast or bread, and a protein source. It's 350 to 450 calories depending on how much high-protein food I have.

I have heard of people stirring egg whites into raw oatmeal and cooking them together, which I thought was a good idea, but I haven't tried it yet.

I top it with fat free greek yogurt- adds 13-15 protein for less than 100 cals.

Original Post by merylwhite1:

I have heard of people stirring egg whites into raw oatmeal and cooking them together, which I thought was a good idea, but I haven't tried it yet.

 I think this is a great idea but the problem is you don't know if egg whites will cook faster than the oats? I mean oats usually takes longer to cook.

i like to make my oatmeal with milk instead of water.

Original Post by safina1:

 I think this is a great idea but the problem is you don't know if egg whites will cook faster than the oats? I mean oats usually takes longer to cook.

I tend to start my oats first and stir in the egg whites a few minutes before taking them off the stove top.

And if you're not 100% sure they're done, you can always toss them into the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute... just to finish the job xD

I've "fried" eggs in the microwave once, just outa experimentation. 1 egg takes like 20 seconds to cook! I like my egg a bit runny though, so if you like the yolk solid then it's about 30-35 seconds.

I mix vanilla yogurt and fruit in, after it's cooked.

So many great ideas! I ended up having 2 servings of egg beaters on the side. It took the carb count down to 61% plus gave me 12 g of protein.

I will try mixing the egg whites in just because so many commented. PLUS it has the added bonus of only dirtying one bowl. I plan on adding yogurt in too and trying that out. Variety is the spice of life!

Thanks everyone!
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