PROTEIN AND FIBRE OATMEAL

I know you’re probably thinking that this is going to be a boring read and an equally boring run-of-the-mill recipe. I mean how interesting can oatmeal be? And you’re right. I used to think the same way until I tried this fun
recipe because it can be changed around in any way to suit your mood.

For me this recipe is a treat I give myself on the days I hit the gym. Oatmeal isn’t exactly what comes to mind when thinking of sweet treats but this recipe has just the right amount of sweetness and it’s healthy too. It is rich in protein, carbohydrates and fibre and really good for you.

Oats really is good for you.

Oats is filled with goodness. It is rich in low glycemic-index (GI) carbohydrates and fibre. Low GI carbs digest slowly and maintain a stable level of insulin and the fibre helps to clean out your system and keeps you full for longer. Oats also contains more protein and healthy fats than most other whole grains. It may also help in keeping LDL cholesterol levels under control. Oats is usually consumed in the morning cooked in milk or water as porridge but it is really adaptable and can be used in smoothies or yogurts or even in pancakes and crepes. I love having oats with whey protein powder mixed with a bit of chia and ground flax seeds. Occasionally I also throw in a bit of fresh or dried fruits.

Chia maybe had whole but flax needs to be ground to a powder.

Whey protein of course is a food supplement and is absorbed very quickly by our bodies. Since, protein helps build and repair our muscles I feel it can be consumed by anyone. Both chia and flax seeds are rich sources of fibre and healthy fats.

Double Rich Chocolate

Not only is this meal beneficial but it is also extremely easy to prepare. Most importantly, it is really delicious. Check out my recipe below.

Ingredients:
1. 4 tablespoons of rolled or steel cut oats. This yields about half a cup measure of oatmeal.
2. One scoop of protein powder. I use Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Double Rich Chocolate which has about 22-24 grams of whey protein in a scoop.
3. One tablespoon each of whole chia and flax seeds. Make sure you grind the whole flax seeds otherwise they are of not much value to the body. Chia on the other hand maybe had whole.
4. A few (about 4 whole almonds and 1-2 kernels of walnuts) chopped nuts.

My oatmeal sweet treat.

Method:
1. In a saucepan heat some water. Add the oats and bring to a boil.
2. When the porridge is ready remove from heat and let cool.
3. After about 10-15 minutes add the protein powder, the ground flax seeds and the whole chia seeds and stir well.
4. You may add a few pieces of apples or even bits of raisins and dates. I never add sugar because ON does contain a bit of added sugar but you may of course drizzle a bit of honey or add sugar.
5. Consume immediately or store in the refrigerator to enjoy later.

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