Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Let's Talk About... Oatmeal! Champion Nutrition Recipe of the Week

I know, I know. I hear it constantly -  Oatmeal is BORING. Oatmeal is bland. For many of us, Oatmeal is the start of our day - every day, and yes - it can get old. BUT... there's no reason for it to be bland! Even on competition diet, you can jazz it up - you can even (gasp!) enjoy it! Here are a few of my favorite recipes...



Chelle's Banana Nut Oatmeal
Makes 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dry oatmeal
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (my scoop = 1/3 cup)
  • 1/2 banana, peeled and mashed
  • 1 tsp vanilla, pure extract (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp crushed or chopped nuts (I like Walnuts in this one!)

Directions:
  1. In a bowl, mix together the oatmeal and protein powder.
  2. In a smaller bowl, mash the banana then mix in the vanilla.
  3. Add the banana mixture to the oatmeal, add water to your desired consistency (I like mine thick) and stir.
  4. Microwave 1 minute.
  5. Stir in the nuts.
  6. Enjoy!


Chelle's Berry Yogurt Oatmeal
Makes 1 serving

Ingredients 


  • 1/2 cup dry oatmeal
  • 1/2  scoop vanilla protein powder (my scoop = 1/3 cup)
  • 1/2 cup berries
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • cinnamon to taste

Directions:
  1. In a bowl, mix together the oatmeal and protein powder.
  2. Add water to your desired consistency (I like mine thick) and stir.
  3. Microwave 1 minute.
  4. Stir in the yogurt, berries and cinnamon.
  5. Enjoy!



Chelle's Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
Makes 1 serving


Ingredients


  • 1/2 cup dry quick oats
  • 1 scoop/serving (20g of protein) vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin (not pie mix)
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 Tbsp NuttZo (or almond butter)
  • water to mix

Mix everything but the NuttZo/almond butter, microwave 1 minute, stir in nut butter and enjoy! Woot! 




Chelle's Harvest Apple Oatmeal 
Makes 1 serving

Ingredients 


  • 1/2 cup dry oatmeal
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (my scoop = 1/3 cup)
  • cinnamon to taste (I used 1 tsp for oatmeal plus 1/2 tsp for apples)
  • nutmeg to taste (I used three shakes - technical, right?)
  • 1 small-medium apple (any kind, I used gala), cored and diced - skin on.
  • 1 tsp vanilla, pure extract (optional)
  • 1 cup apple-cider
  • 1 Tbsp NuttZo or other nut butter

Directions:
  1. In a bowl, mix together the oatmeal, protein powder and 1 tsp (or less to your liking) cinnamon.
  2. In a glass bowl, combine the apple chunks with more cinnamon and nutmeg (I used about 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 3 shakes of the nutmeg bottle), 1 tsp vanilla and a splash (1-2 Tbsp) apple cider. Cover and microwave for 1-2 minutes, until the apples are soft and the liquid is syrupy. Stir.
  3. Add the apple mixture to the oatmeal, add apple cider and stir until you get the consistency you like.
  4. Microwave 1 minute.
  5. Stir in NuttZo or nut butter.
  6. Enjoy!

NOTES: Why leave the skin on the apple? Two reasons. First, there are a gazillion nutrients in the skin (yes, my grasp of scientific terminology often leaves me in shock, too). Second, if you by chance get distracted and overcook your apples (it happens), the skin will retain a bit of crunchy texture :-) 

Chelle's Every-Day Oatmeal
Makes 1 serving



This is part of my weekly food prep... I line up 7 snack-size baggies, and fill each with the following, then seal them and toss 'em in a bowl in the fridge. Each day I just grab a baggie and go! At work I can toss the contents in a bowl, add water and nuke.  In a pinch, I just add water to my baggie, mush it around until it's mixed and eat. 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dry oatmeal
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (my scoop = 1/3 cup)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1-2 ground flax seed












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