Protein + Oats = Proats
Porridge is a fairly common breakfast that ticks a lot of boxes.
- Its filling.
- Its a good source of energy.
- Its quick and easy.
That doesn't mean we can't improve it! Even if we approach it with the aim of keeping it quick and easy!
Now you can be really flexible with these things and create a lot of variation. All we need to do is add:
- A source of protein
- A source of fruit/fibre
- A source of fat
This is going to allow the breakfast to better aid us in building and repairing lean muscle (the protein), get an intake of various vitamins and minerals (the fruit) and also help a great many of the bodies functions operate more smoothly (the fat).
Typically, people associate this with meat and fish, and while these are great sources - they can be a bit of a pain around breakfast as they require time to cook, along with a fair amount of washing up. People may also struggle with the volume of food on waking.
The go to breakfast protein is eggs! They are quicker to cook, but often require just as much washing up.
If you are short on time - Whey protein is a great alternative! Fortunately it mixes really well with porridge.
If you have plenty of time, breakfast fats can be found in some protein sources such as oily fish. Those with moderate amounts of time will get a fat source from egg yolk or avocado.
In the interest of speed - nuts are a great alternative! You can also buy them ready ground for even faster and cheaper (find in the baking section). Again, they are awesome with porridge and add a subtle flavour.
Obviously these sources have a great many benefits, however I put them in because they make things taste more interesting!
A viable alternative to adding fruit to your porridge, would be to make a greens smoothie! Ticks the same boxes and is easy enough to drink first thing in the morning.
THE CRAZY COMPLICATED SOLUTION
Ingredients (portion sizes depend on person and goal.)
- Vanilla Whey Protein
- Ground Almonds
- Cook oats using slightly more water or milk than usual.
- Stir in protein powder
- Add Blueberries
- Sprinkle over almonds
Change up the fruit, protein flavour and nuts for some mega flavour combos.