‘Tis the season for warming bowls of oats! There is something about having a warm bowl of oatmeal that is so comforting. It is a perfect fit for this time of year. Anyone who knows me can attest to my love for oatmeal. I’m a huge fan! My love for this hearty breakfast cereal is not dependent on the weather. Hot or cold outside, my love for this creamy, comfort food remains. Today, I’m sharing with you my stovetop recipe for simple protein oatmeal. However, this is far less of a recipe and more of a “how-to”. The oatmeal base is relatively quick and simple to make, and you can really just add any extra toppings that you’d like. This version is topped with hemp hearts, pomegranate arils, walnuts and bee pollen. Aka: nutrient-dense powerhouse!
The thing that really kicks this oatmeal up a notch is the addition of a little Sunwarrior protein powder. I typically am one to advocate whole foods but there are specific situations that make plant-based protein powder a great addition! For instance, you may consider a plant-based protein if you need help refueling from an intense training session, if you are still growing and extremely active, a vegan, a picky eater or if you have multiple food allergies. These are just some examples. It’s important to remember that everyone is unique and preforms optimally with different wholesome fuel. (If you are concerned about your protein intake or want some guidance on your individualized nutrition, feel free to contact me and we can chat!)
For this recipe I used the Sunwarrior Classic Plus. This is one of their many protein powders that are free of GMO’s, dairy, gluten, chemicals, acids, solvents or anything artificial. The Sunwarrior Classic Plus builds off of the original rice protein with the addition of the amino acid balancing effects of peas, amaranths, quinoa and chia seeds. I love that this is still rice-based so it is gentle on digestion but really packs a nutritious plus with the other grains.
I chose to accept this offer from Sunwarrior is not only for their exceptional product, but also their mission behind their company!
“Sunwarrior is a small, growing health food company that’s committed to making only the best plant-based foods and supplements while elevating humanity and preserving the planet. Our mission is clear—Illuminate Body, Mind, and Planet—and we strive to live those ideals in everything we do, from growing microgreens in our office to sourcing the finest ingredients from around the world when developing a new product.
We believe that plants provide the cleanest and most powerful foods, rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and phytonutrients we’re just beginning to understand. Our bodies crave real food—especially in this age where we heavily process everything we eat, stripping out all the benefits and nutrition well before we have a chance to use them.
It’s time to turn back to nature for what we’re missing, to the wonderful plants that capture solar energy in a near magical way and then offer it to us so freely. Join Sunwarrior in our mission to renew ourselves, our minds, our bodies, and our world. Together we truly can transform the planet one warrior at a time.”
I love that Sunwarrior truly believes that plants provide the cleanest most powerful source of fuel and references the mind, body and world! It’s right in line with the Nourished by Nutrition philosophy!
If you want more information on this product or the company check out their website here!
Do you use protein powders? If so, how do you use them?
I’d love to here from you!
Simple Protein Oatmeal
- 2/3 cup rolled oats
- 2/3 cup water
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- ½ cup cashew milk
- 2 tablespoons protein powder 12g, I use Sunwarriors Plus
- Hemp hearts
- Pomegranate arils
- Bee pollen
In a medium pot, place the rolled oats, water, ¼ and salt. Bring the oats to a boil and let them cook over medium-low heat for 3 minutes.
While the oats are cooking, place the cashew milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the protein powder and whisk it continuously until it’s dissolved. Continue to stir occasionally while the milk is warming. (Just warm the milk, don’t let it start to boil).
Once the oatmeal is cooked, stir the milk into the oats and cook for another 2 minutes.
Place the oatmeal into serving bowls and top with hemp hearts, pomegranate arils, walnuts and bee pollen or any other toppings you like!
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