Let’s talk about protein.
I eat mostly plant based. And what has been amazing recently is my husband is doing the same thing as well. This has made things in our household so much simpler. The meat we are eating is mainly chicken and fish, and only a few times a week. This has been wonderful not just for our health but also for our marriage–ha!
So one of the first questions people typically ask when they find out you are not eating meat at every single meal is, “How do you get your protein?” This is a very easy answer as there are so many plants that are packed with protein!
The list is long and it includes seeds, beans, lentils, spinach, nuts, oats, and so much more! IF you are eating lots of plants, trust me, you are getting your protein. Read more here if you are interested!
My husband has been requesting that I add a protein powder to his oats. Let me be clear, all protein powders are NOT created equally. And so many of them, even the ‘all natural’ ones contain fillers, artificial flavors, sugar and other junk we don’t really need. So I had to venture out and see what I could find. I needed a protein powder that wouldn’t give his oats a bad flavor and one also that like I said was in it’s most whole food form. So basically a ground nut or seed or something of the like. I have used hemp powder and that tends to work. I also noticed a lot of plant based protein powders contained pea protein–but again, they also contained lots of other ingredients. And then I found several powders that were just plain, unsweetened pea protein powder. There were also a few that were vanilla or chocolate flavored. I went with Bob’s Red Mill’s version which boasted 21 grams of protein per serving. Not bad, huh?
So then I had to test it. It definitely altered the taste of the oats a bit, so I had to play around with the amount so that there wasn’t a bitterness to the recipes. I also knew I was adding them to oats that would have most likely chia seeds and some sort of nut or seed butter so the protein was still going to be high even with just a smaller amount of the powder. I came to the conclusion that 1/2 – 1 tablespoon seemed to be the sweet spot. Anytime I put anymore than 1 T, it was certainly noticed and I was met with complaints. Even 1 tablespoon, though it seems small, adds about 7 grams of protein. We will take it!
So this recipe has about 20 grams of plant based protein. Boom. That’s a win for sure! Give it a shot and let me know what you think. If you find a powder you prefer, I am open for suggestions so let me know!
- 1/2 c rolled oats, regular or gluten free
- 1/2 small to medium banana, sliced
- 2/3 c unsweetened almond milk, or milk of choice
- 1/2 T chia seeds
- 1/2 - 1 T pea protein powder or hemp powder (or desired protein powder)
- 1/2 - 1 T natural creamy peanut butter, or any other nut or seed butter
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 - 3 tsp pure maple syrup
- dash of sea salt
- Combine all ingredients into a small jar or any container that can be sealed.
- Stir well to combine.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight or at least for about 4 hours.
- Eat chilled or warmed up and garnish with an extra drizzle of peanut butter and some banana slices if desired.