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Very Berry Power Oatmeal Recipe

January 8, 2015 by  
Filed under Food, Recipes



healthy-oatmeal-recipeWet cardboard.

That’s how I used to refer to oatmeal. But I knew I needed to figure out how to get myself to eat it for breakfast at least a few times a week given all its super powers:

-Cancer fighter (did you know oatmeal contains a unique antioxidant?)
-Cholesterol buster
-Blood sugar regulator
-Satiater (I think I made that word up, but you get the point–less hunger = more weight loss or maintenance)
-Colon coddler

I also knew I needed to pump up the protein because, while oatmeal has a respectable 5 grams per half-cup serving, I need more than that in my breakfast as a semi-vegetarian.

One benefit of oatmeal’s lack of a gustatory identity is that you can throw anything in it you like and it will take on that taste. I like berries–a lot–so that’s my main oatmeal garnish. But I don’t stop there. I add some other superfoods and protein sources depending on how many calories and what types of nutrients I want to get in at breakfast.

Below are the ingredients for my most basic Very Berry Power Oatmeal recipe and my POP (protein and omega packing) version:

1/2 cup oatmeal (150 calories)
1/2 scoop of Designer Whey Strawberry flavor (50 calories)
1 cup mixed berries (50 calories)
1/2 banana (45 calories – optional)
Total calories: 250-295

POP version
All of the above, plus:
1 tablespoon of peanut butter, Saratoga’s Monkey Boy highly recommended, and I’m not paid for this endorsement! (100 calories)
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed (35 calories)
Total calories: 385-430

–Laura DeLallo, Founder, Living Fit
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2 Responses to “Very Berry Power Oatmeal Recipe”
  1. jody says:

    Are you cooking this, or is this an overnight oats recipe?
    I love oatmeal, for all the reasons you say and more. Try another source of protein powder…whey is just dairy in disguise…there are much better choices out there. Hemp, pea for two good ones.
    Glad you’re feeling better!

  2. Laura says:

    I’m cooking this in the morning. I take the middle road, using regular old fashioned oats as opposed to the 1-minute oats, but not the 1/2-hour steel cut.
    I hear you on the whey–good suggestion. I let a little dairy in my life here and there, but I do mix up the protein powder. Hemp is good one. I’ve tried rice but it adds a sharp flavor to things. Hadn’t heard of pea!