By adding eggs to this traditional, whole grain cereal, here’s another fast and easy high protein breakfast option. Oatmeal offers a substantial dose of soluble fiber but it can leave you feeling hungry by mid-morning. To give your oatmeal a much needed protein punch, stir in eggs (or egg whites) before you start cooking and use milk instead of water. After cooking the oatmeal, stir in a mashed banana, a splash of vanilla and a dash of cinnamon for natural sweetness without added sugar. Top your oatmeal with colorful berries and some ground flax seeds or chopped nuts. A bowl of this high octane oatmeal jumps from 5 grams of protein to 20 grams. Now this oatmeal has staying power.
High Protein Oatmeal
3/4 cup rolled oats
2 eggs or egg whites, beaten with a fork
1 1/2 cups fat free milk
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 ripe banana, mashed
Toppings: 2 tablespoon ground flax seed, 1/2 cup fresh berries and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup (if desired)
Add oats, eggs, and milk to a saucepan. Mix well until eggs are fully incorporated into the oatmeal mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently for about 5 minutes until oatmeal is cooked. Remove from heat, stir in cinnamon, vanilla and banana. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed and 1/4 cup berries. Drizzle with maple syrup or honey if you need a touch more sweetness.
Note: For a really fast weekday breakfast, batch cook this oatmeal over the weekend and reheat in the microwave on weekday mornings.