Make High-Protein Oatmeal With These 6 Ingredients

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November 17, 2022
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When life gets busy, there is no question that a fuel-filled, healthy breakfast is vital to get the day started on the right foot. Oatmeal is one of the fastest, go-to breakfasts that are easy to prepare with tons of options to make each morning meal different. However, there is not much protein in oatmeal itself.

By adding a protein punch to your bowl of oatmeal, you can make sure to get in all the nutrients you need for a nutritionally balanced boost of energy. Check out these six high-protein oatmeal ingredients that will deliver all the power you need to get through the day.

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1. Egg whites

Adding a couple of egg whites to a bowl of oatmeal will not just pack a power punch of protein to your meal, but will also add a thick and full texture. Egg whites are one of the best additions for a high protein, low-calorie ingredient. Add in some cinnamon to make the dish sweet. Two egg whites contain about 7.2 grams of protein.

2. Almonds

A traditional bowl of oatmeal can really go the extra mile by simply topping it off with some sliced (or whole) almonds. Served as hot oatmeal or chilled overnight oats, one serving of almonds (1/4 cup) will add about 7 grams of protein to your breakfast meal.

3. Nut butter

Take your pick of nut butter when it comes to adding their protein-fueled food to your oatmeal. Peanut butter, the traditional option, can give any plain oatmeal a sweet but salty, nutty flavor that is sure to make you want a second helping. Adding two tablespoons of peanut butter will add about 8 grams of protein to your breakfast.

4. Greek yogurt

Plain Greek yogurt isn’t just the perfect addition to high-protein oatmeal; it’s also packed with tons of healthy fats and probiotics! The key to making Greek yogurt work in hot oatmeal is to make sure you add it after the oatmeal has cooled off a bit so that you don’t cook your yogurt. Top with some berries or bananas for a creamy, delicious meal. One container of plain Greek yogurt (around 5.2 ounces) can help give a whopping 17 grams of protein.

5. Protein powder

Protein powder is the obvious addition to getting a pack of protein in just about any drink or meal. However, it is also an easy addition! When it comes to getting more protein in your breakfast, protein powder is a great addition that takes little to no effort. From chocolate to vanilla to coffee flavored powders, protein powders also offer many different flavors. Typically, one serving of traditional protein powder (46 grams) will give you between 20 and 25 grams of protein to start off your morning.

6. Soy milk

This is a great vegan option for any oatmeal lovers who want that creamy texture in their oatmeal but don’t want to use cow’s milk to get it. Soy milk is low in fat and high in protein, with a serving of soy milk (1 cup) adding about 8 grams of protein.

Read next: 7 Healthy Oatmeal Recipes Perfect for Busy Mornings

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