One inquisitive omnivore’s journey towards healthier and more compassionate eating…

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(MEATLESS/VEGETARIAN/VEGAN RECIPES) When I was researching the Olympic athletes and their diets, one food I kept coming across was oats—more specifically oatmeal.

I like oatmeal for breakfast, but I always thought I should be eating more protein and less carbs in the morning. So if I’d like something other than my breakfast smoothie, I’d usually cook some eggs with turkey bacon. But as it turns out, the Olympians have a healthier and more compassionate option.

Oatmeal with peanut butter and cinnamon is a delicious high protein, low fat breakfast that gives you the energy you need to start your day off strong./Photo credit: Lisa Singer
Oatmeal with peanut butter and cinnamon (see recipe below) is a delicious high protein, low fat breakfast that gives you the energy you need to start your day off strong. Photo credit: Lisa Singer

Yes, we need protein in the morning to help build our muscles, but carbs are just as important—at least the good kinds.

Oatmeal is rich in B vitamins and provides a complex carbohydrate that’s gradually digested and absorbed more slowly into our bodies, giving us longer lasting energy throughout the day. It’s also rich in fiber and low in fat, so it helps us feel full longer without packing on the pounds. What’s more, oatmeal even has protein! (The oats I used in last week’s veggie burger recipe has 5 grams per half cup.)

So, like our Olympic athletes, I’m now including oats in my morning routine. Here are two simple and delicious recipes:

Spinach, Kale & Blueberry Oats Smoothie

(serves 2/236 calories, 11g protein, 43g carbohydrates each)

Adding some oats to your vegetables and fruits gives your morning smoothie some added bulk to keep you more energized for the rest of the day./Photo credit: Lisa Singer
Adding some oats to your vegetables and fruits gives your morning smoothie some added bulk to keep you more energized for the rest of the day. Photo credit: Lisa Singer

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 med apple
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup Mom’s Best Quick Oats
  • 1/2 cup FAGE non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup non-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed

Directions:

Add all of the ingredients together in a Nutribullet or blender, mix until smooth.

Peanut Butter & Cinnamon Oatmeal 

(245 calories/12g protein/30g carbohydrates)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Mom’s Best Quick Oats
  • 3/4 cup water
  • dash of salt
  • 1 tbsp unsalted peanut butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 packet Splenda (or Stevia if you prefer)

Directions:

Add oats, water and salt to microwave-safe bowl, stir and microwave for 1 1/2 minutes. Stir and cook another :30 if needed. Add peanut butter, mixing well. Combine cinnamon and Splenda together and sprinkle over oatmeal, mix well. Feel free to add more of the cinnamon mixture depending on desired taste.

These recipes are really delicious, simple, AND quick—definitely important if you’re like me and are usually rushing out the door in the morning. 

Do you have any favorite oatmeal recipes? I’d love to hear how you enjoy your oats!

— Lisa Singer, exclusive to Global Animal

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