I adore oatmeal or porridge for breakfast and eat it throughout the whole year with any number of fruit and nut toppings. But did you know that you can add just a scoop of your favourite vanilla protein powder to make it a
super-boosting protein meal?
I’m not a huge protein powder fan but sometimes, like everyone else, feel the need to boost my protein levels when I underscore on levels a few days on the trot. I take care of this by adding non-flavoured protein powder to soups, stews, casseroles and other cooked dishes rather than indulging in too many shakes – but this one has quickly become a favourite since I can add my favourite vanilla shake into my all-time-fave breakfast dish. I make mine in the microwave for speed but if you prefer then use a pan on the bob according to your oatmeal instructions.
It’s simple to make, gives a great protein boost and fabulous start to the bariatric food day!
PROTEIN VANILLA OATMEAL/PORRIDGE
35 g/½ cup porridge oats/oatmeal (I used regular Scotts porridge oats)
200 ml/scant 1 cup semi-skimmed milk or unsweetened nut milk
1 small 20 g/about 4 tsp scoop favourite vanilla protein powder ( I used Slender Blend from Protein World)
selection of fruit and nuts to top ( I used strawberries, blueberries and snipped almonds)
- Place the porridge oats/oatmeal in a microwave-proof jug with the milk and protein powder, mixing well. Microwave on FULL POWER for 2 minutes (timing based on a 900 watt microwave).
- Stir well and microwave on FULL POWER for a further 20 seconds.
- Spoon into a bowl (add a little extra milk if liked) and top with your chosen fruit and nuts.
WLS PORTION: ½-1
V suitable for Vegetarians
CALORIES PER PORTION ( using semi-skimmed milk and without fruit and nut topping): 295
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