Healthy Eats: An Intro to My Love of PROATS

Proats (aka Protein Oatmeal) is the one true love of my life. No, that’s not an exaggeration. For a few years now I have religiously eaten these delicious creations of gooey happiness at least three or four times a week. Hot or Cold (overnight oats is where it’s at y’all), I’m beyond obsessed.

While I’ve had enough practice over the years to know what it takes to make a killer proats combo it’s not the taste that keeps me coming back. Ok, that’s definitely part of it, but who doesn’t want to eat chocolate in the morning?!? Besides the pure bliss that comes from eating, what feels like, a lavish indulgence for breakfast, it’s the fact that it’s not an indulgence at all really that makes me such a devotee.

What Are Proats?

Now that I’ve written a soft porn about proats I’ll explain what it actually is:

“The Bodybuilding Breakfast of Champions” or in other words…

Protein + Oatmeal = Proats

This definition probably seems very anticlimactic based on the high pedestal I’ve placed proats upon but don’t give up on proats yet! I’m not a total lunatic. There are reasons behind my obsession.

Benefits of Proats

Protein Oats, in my opinion, is one of the best breakfast meals for quite literally everyone. Thanks to our moms and grandmas we all already know oatmeal is great for you. They are a great source of whole grains (carbs) which is important for basic body functions. Oatmeal is also packed with fiber which is important because most of us don’t get enough of it in our daily diet. Lastly (but not actually, there are numerous benefits to oats), oatmeal has also been known to help control weight, blood sugar, and reduce cholesterol. Oatmeal sells itself besides the fact that it’s a little…blah.

That’s where my love for proats began. I wanted the great workout-fueling carbs without eating mushy cardboard. Also, oatmeal in itself does not contain a lot of protein. Adding protein to your oats not only helps stave off hunger even longer, but it’s almost vital for those who want to eat oatmeals as their pre-workout meal. The protein added will help fuel your muscles and prevent muscle breakdown during your workout (source). This, along with the hunger-fighting fiber and good dose of carbs, is what has continually brought me to eating my proats over, and over, and over again. There’s just no meal that better supports my HITT (High-intensity interval training) workouts like it.

How To Make Proats!

You’re going to think I’m ridiculous for making an entire blog on how to make the easiest thing in the world. Proats in itself only requires a 5th grade level education to make (probably). You make oatmeal….then you add protein. It’s simple.

The only problem with these instructions is that:

  • Protein powder by itself is gross
  • Oatmeal by itself is also not too stellar
  • when combined = healthy, but still tastes like cardboard.

For that reason, it’s pretty important flavor-wise that you experiment with different combinations of other ingredients. This blog post I’m sharing is one of my all-time favorite proats recipe: PB Cup and Banana Proats

Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Banana Proats

Why You’ll Love It:

First of all, it’s chocolate and peanut butter…for breakfast. What’s not to like.

Second, the ingredients are all relatively inexpensive.

Lastly, it’s so easy. You’ll barely need my instructions.

Ingredients:

1 scoop of chocolate whey protein powder (or any chocolate protein powder of your choice)

2 tablespoons of peanut butter (I use 4 tbsps of PB2 to save on calories, but both options work!)

1 banana, sliced.

Stevia, to taste.

Cinnamon, 2 tablespoons

1/2 cup oatmeal

Directions:

Follow the oatmeal box, literally.

** Cook the oatmeal first, then stir in all the ingredients! **

 

Try it out and let me know what you think!

 

Hayley

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