Ever since I featured this easy oatmeal combination in a previous What I Ate Wednesday post I have gotten a few people asking for a recipe. Each morning after my workout I usually have a protein shake with some fruit and then when I get to work I know I need something a bit more substantial to hold me over until lunch. So I call this recipe Breakfast Power Oatmeal. They are powerful because I use egg whites and almond butter in the oatmeal for some extra protein. After doing my first round of the 21 Day Fix program and using a daily protein calculator based on my body weight, I realized I wasn’t eating nearly enough protein for all the strength training I do while working out. I wanted a few simple easy ways to add a little extra protein into my diet which led me to discover many fitness professionals add egg whites, protein powder, and/or zucchini to their morning oatmeal. So I gave the egg whites a try and LOVED it! Just plain oatmeal didn’t really keep me full until lunch, but adding the egg whites and almond butter gives me a lot more energy. And believe me I need all the energy I can get since I work with middle school students.
When it comes to flavoring the oatmeal I am super simple and only add a few wholesome ingredients. I add a bit of vanilla, cinnamon, and some almond or peanut butter. But if you need it a bit sweeter feel free to add a drizzle of honey or maples syrup to naturally sweeten. Or top the oats with fresh berries or fruit. You really don’t need to buy the flavor packs of oatmeal, it’s so easy to create something delicious on your own and from real ingredients.
I actually make 2 cups worth of oats on Sunday’s and scoop the oatmeal into small containers that I reheat throughout the week. But for this post I made just a single recipe. I always find myself getting hooked on a breakfast meal and sticking to it for awhile. Pretty much since August it’s been a smoothie and oatmeal for breakfast, even though I love the occasional egg and avocado toast. But it’s just much easier to prep for the week if you eat the same thing everyday.
I also included the 21 Day Fix container equivalents in the recipe. I am currently going though my second round of the 21 Day Fix and doing the Extreme workouts this time. I am really enjoying the challenge of the workouts and having a workout planned for me each day. But more on my experience with the 21 Day Fix program in a later post.
Enjoy this delicious Breakfast Power Oatmeal and let me know if it helps you power through your day!
Do you end up eating the same breakfast almost every morning?
What food(s) help you power through your day?
- ½ cup rolled oats
- 2 egg whites or 3 tbsp liquid eggs
- 2-3 tsp nut butter (I like almond butter)
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ¾ cup almond milk, add more after you cook the oats depending upon how creamy you like your oatmeal.
- Combine all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and stir together.
- Microwave on high for 2-4 minutes stirring once or twice until desired consistency. Add more milk if you like it creamy.
- Additional toppings: Fresh fruit, drizzle of honey, a few mini chocolate chips.