Wake up it’s a brand new morning!
That’s what I told myself today when I woke but couldn’t work out the day (nor week to be honest!) – all I knew was that it was a great new day and another opportunity to plough on with some healthy eating mid this pandemic and the havoc it has been causing. Soldiering on … as some say …
It is the weekend (I think) and I am starting it with a bowl of overnight oats. I have many recipes for these (scroll down to see some links if you’re interested) but yesterday I tinkered with something different – combining my love of coffee and need for protein in a new variation.
It’s a simple recipe of oats combined with a coffee protein drink (and I used the Arctic Blast one from Arctic Ice) – it’s a kind of skinny latte with protein added, but you can sub with your own favourite protein drink (coffee or not) and add coffee to flavour (vanilla works well for this). Obviously the nutritional stats will change accordingly, your protein drink may have more protein for example. A small handful of dried fruit to the mix brings a little sweetness but is not essential if you’re carefully watching the sugar.
I serve mine with mixed berries and some mixed seeds and nuts but do add whatever takes your fancy and your pouch finds digestible. I like to also add some fruit puree, stewed fruits and sliced orchard type fruits too on occasion. Sometimes I also add a little thick Greek yogurt and a drizzle of sugar-free syrup for a bit of decadence.
It’s a great nutritious start regardless of whatever day it is!
SKINNY LATTE PROTEIN OVERNIGHT OATS
330 ml/1¼ cups protein enriched coffee drink (I used Arctic Blast 15 g Protein Shot)
110 g/generous 1 cup rolled oats
2 tbsp mixed dried fruit (optional)
mixed berries, seeds, nuts, yogurt and sugar-free syrup to serve (optional and as chosen)
- Mix the protein drink with the oats and mixed dried fruit, if using, then spoon into a bowl or 4 small ramekin dishes. Cover and leave to chill in the refrigerator overnight.
- In the morning top with mixed berries, seeds, nuts, yogurt and a little sugar-free syrup as liked and tolerated.
WLS PORTION: ½-¾
V suitable for Vegetarians
CALORIES PER PORTION (PREPARED OATS ONLY NOT TOPPING & USING ARCTIC ICE): 136
PROTEIN: 6.5 g
CARBOHYDRATE: 20.3 (3.2 g sugars)
FAT: 3 g
Image courtesy of http://www.arcticicedcoffee.co.uk