Apple Cinnamon Protein Oatmeal [WIAW 5]

Good morning friends! How is your week going? Hot? Yes, mine too.

I went on a very sweaty run this morning before work. I ran 5.5km, which is about 3.7 miles, in 30:04 minutes… not bad… and finished off with some sprints. How is it already boiling at 6am?! My goal is to run the 10K next month in under 55 minutes so I better keep training :)

How are you staying cool in this crazy weather? Me? I’m eating oatmeal and soup.

Fun fact: The Korean saying yi yul chi yul” means “fight fire with fire.” It is believed that eating spicy or hot foods on hot days help to balance our energy. [Source] I’ve been giving it a shot but I’m not too sure that it is working… I still feel so hot and cranky! Well at least I had awesome oatmeal.

 

What I Ate Wednesday Yesterday

 

Breakfast: I’ve been trying to mix up my breakfasts because I am starting to get bored of my banana and PB variations. (Don’t get me wrong, I will forever and always love nanner and PB). With my morning runs I want to add even moreee protein to breakfast. After a workout, it is super important to eat a meal rich in protein and carbohydrates. Short answer: our muscles have been broken down so we need to replenish them with amino acids (protein) and energy (carbs). Read more here.

I love oatmeal but there is very little protein in oats. For yesterday’s breakfast, I added egg whites (protein!) and protein powder (more protein!) straight to the pot of boiling oats. Verdict? Delicious. It made the oatmeal super creamy. Then I topped it with yummy extras to taste like warm apple pie — okay maybe not quite but still amazing.

 

Apple Cinnamon Protein oatmeal3

 

Apple Cinnamon Protein Oatmeal

Ingredients (Makes one serving)

  • 1/2 cup instant oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1.5 tbsp. protein powder of choice (I used vanilla whey protein)
  • 1/4 cup liquid egg whites
  • 1/2 cup (or more) chopped apple
  • 1 tbsp. almond butter
  • cinnamon

Directions

  1. In a small pot, bring water to a boil; add in the oats and cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Turn the heat down to medium and stir in the egg whites and protein powder.
  3. Stir well until the mixture combines and all the liquid has absorbed.
  4. Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle with cinnamon, top with almond butter (I melted it!) and chopped apple.

 

AM Snack: My breakfast really filled me up! Yay! But before lunch I snacked on two quinoa/peanut butter/chocolate bites. I am not thrilled with how these turned out so once I experiment a bit more I will be sure to share the recipe. And they don’t photograph particularly well, thus not pictured.

 

Lunch: There were lots of leftovers from our BBQ on Sunday night so I snagged some grilled chicken, broccoli and sliced peppers for my lunch (and a pear).

 

Chicken and veggies

 

PM Snack: Before dinner I had a bowl of plain Greek yogurt with a bit of honey, granola, blueberries and a peach — love summer peaches!

 

Blueberry, peach, granola parfait

 

Dinner: I had some bean soup topped with millet and a side of veggies (lack of green on this plate).

 

Bean soup and veggies

 

Dessert: Also leftover from the BBQ… peach crumble. Yum! Thanks Mom :)

 

Peach crumble

 

Random snack: I got hungry later so I had an apple and a handful of cherries. I obviously forgot to take a picture, but I’m confident that you know what fruit looks like.

Sidenote: It felt really weird not having a banana today. I kinda think bananas are amazing… #nannerobsessed (nanner= an awesome way of saying banana)

As always, thanks to Jenn for hosting the link-up… be sure to check out all the other yummy eats linked up on Peas and Crayons.

 

WIAW fun food fitness july button

What do you usually eat for breakfast?

Any tips for adding protein to the morning meal?

25 thoughts on “Apple Cinnamon Protein Oatmeal [WIAW 5]

  1. Oooo your oatmeal bowl looks delicious. Heck who am I kidding, all of your meals look delicious!

    My morning meals I usually make one big smoothie, or even pancakes with some nut butter & fruit on top.

      1. I never saw this comment.. and yes you can make the batter before & it works perfectly fine the following day. Even better, if you have time to meal prep on Sunday you can make a few days worth of pancakes & just store in either the freezer or fridge (depending how quick you plan on eating them)

  2. I absolutely adore yogurt + fruit + granola. I like to freeze banana slices to put in my smoothies or food or just spoon up with some peanut butter.

    1. Yum! Frozen bananas are the best in smoothies. I have never had a FROZEN banana with PB… I am so disappointed in myself. Thanks for giving me this awesome and refreshing idea :)

  3. Mmh, your granola sounds so good! Care to mail me some?
    I’m with you on eating hot food even when it’s hot outside already. Maybe it’s weird but eating cold food all day doesn’t work for me.
    Even though I don’t pay attention to the protein content of my meals I had a phase of eating Greek yogurt with mix-ins like peanut flour or protein powder for breakfast. Topped with almond butter it was both refreshing and filling.

  4. What a great way to make oatmeal! I don’t like it plain either. I mix up my breakfast a lot and will eat eggs, greek yogurt pancakes, cereal, etc. If I want a ton of protein I’ll make a smoothie with whey protein powder.

  5. Hi, could you email me? Your eats look great. Wondering about that book “get the gunk out”…like what is a sample meal plan for it? Any detox tips (I’m a “binge” eater that is unable to exercise, so I feel I need a hard-core…cleanse :(
    Hope to hear from you and thanks.

Leave a Reply