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Vegan Vanilla Protein Oats Recipe

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Oatmeal for breakfast after a run is great.
But … protein oats for breakfast after a run is without a doubt even better.


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Vegan Vanilla Protein Oats Recipe

Protein Oats?

Oatmeal for breakfast after a run is great.

But … protein oats for breakfast after a run is without a doubt even better.

What is protein oats? It’s simply a bowl of oatmeal, but mixed with protein powder! Why is this better than plain old oatmeal? Because after a run it’s not only imperative that you replenish your carbohydrate stores (that’s where the oats come in), but also that you supply your muscles with the protein they need to rebuild and repair themselves.

Looks Good!

Looks Good!

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Nutrition Strategy

So, combining these two things together is a super smart nutrition strategy for post-workout recovery.

And not only that, but protein is the nutrient that helps to keep us feeling full and satisfied after a meal, so incorporating it as part of your breakfast after a run (or any workout, or even just on any old day!), helps to ensure you won’t be reaching for snacks only an hour or so after you’ve finished breakfast. (Come on, tell me I’m not the only one who’s been there before!)

Protein Powder

For this recipe, I use a vegan, vanilla flavored, plant-based protein powder, not because I eat vegan 100% of the time (heck! I’m not even 100% vegetarian), but because I am slightly lactose intolerant and my stomach is especially sensitive after I run.

Plus, there are so many benefits to plant-based protein compared to whey and other types!

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Got Milk?

I use almond milk for everything that requires milk, including this recipe, for the same reason!

Plant-Based Benefits

When I talked to Dr. Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, RD, nutrition consultant and co-founder of Bazilian’s Health in San Diego about plant-based protein last summer, she offered lots of insight into its many different benefits.

First she noted, “Many people associate plant-proteins with a ‘vegetarian’ diet or think they are for people who are vegetarian or vegan and thus who ‘don’t eat meat,’ instead of as a good option to incorporate into anyone’s diet (whether you also eat fish, poultry, meat, eggs and dairy or not).”

Repairing Stress

In other words: you don’t have to be vegan or vegetarian to embrace the nutrient-rich goodness of plant protein!

Among several other benefits she noted, “the antioxidants/phytochemicals [in plant protein] may even help more in some ways (compared to animal proteins that don’t have them) by helping prevent and repair oxidative stress in the body from exercise and offering anti-inflammatory effects post exercise.”

Read more of what Dr. Bazilian had to say about plant protein here!

Time to Prepare

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Time to Prepare

So, no I’m not vegan, but I do love to follow and create vegan recipes from time to time and it is my intention to reduce the amount of animal products that I consume, especially when it comes to dairy! It is no friend to my tummy. OK, enough about my digestive issues! Let’s get to the recipe already, shall we?!

Ingredients

• 1/2 cup quick oats

• 1/2 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder (see my favorite here!)

• 1/4 cup and 3 TBSP unsweetened vanilla almond milk

• 1/2 a banana, sliced

• 1 TBSP peanut butter

• 1 small handful of granola (optional)

Directions

1.) In a deep bowl, mix the oats and protein powder until blended.

2.) Add the almond milk and stir.

3.) Microwave for 45 seconds, then stir. Microwave for another 30 seconds, keeping an eye to make sure it doesn’t overflow. (If your bowl is deep enough, this shouldn’t be a problem!)

Directions (Cont.)

4.) Add more almond milk as needed, depending on your oatmeal consistency preference. (I don’t like mine too dry, so I usually add some more almond milk at this point and then stir.)

5.) Top with banana slices, peanut butter and granola (if preferred) and enjoy!

Mix Your Own Bowl!

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Mix Your Own Bowl!

What are your favorite ways to spice up oatmeal so it has a little bit extra oomph in terms of nutrition? Let me know in the comments!

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