Have you heard the buzz about proats? They’re simply protein + oats and they’re a delicious and filling breakfast fitness fans everywhere are embracing. My Banana Bread Proats in the Microwave combine my favorite flavors and are ready in 1 minute. How’s that for a quick and easy breakfast? These delicious protein-packed oats are vegan, gluten-free and a great start to your day!
In Defense of Breakfast
I’ve talked about why fasting in the morning or otherwise skipping breakfast means you’re likely to be missing out on important nutrients… not to mention you’ll feel hungry and low energy! Not fun for anyone around you, horrible for productivity and sure to make cravings worse than ever.
Meal Prep Your Proats
Into doing meal prep for the week? That’s awesome!
This recipe can easily be used to make overnight oats. Simply add all ingredients into a jar, stir, close and put in the fridge. The next morning, pop into the microwave to warm up your proats.
You can also enjoy them cold as a protein muesli (pruesli? It’s my new word!) Make a few of these to enjoy for breakfast or snacks throughout the week.
Health Benefits of Oats
Oats aren’t just a breakfast staple, they’re also packed with nutrition benefits!
- Oats are a good source of fiber. Fiber is needed for healthy digestion and prevents constipation.
- Oats are an excellent source of thiamin, a B vitamin which is needed for a strong immune system and helps convert the carbohydrates you eat into energy.
Oats and Heart Health
- Oats contain a special type of fibre called beta-glucan, which helps lower “bad” LDL cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of heart disease.
Oats and Diabetes
- Beta-glucan can also help you control your blood sugar, insulin levels and your weight, which may help lower the risk of type 2 diabetes and better manage type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes.
Oats and Cancer
- A recent meta-analysis of 25 studies on the link between whole grains and colorectal cancer found that having 3 or more servings of whole grains each day is linked to a 20% lower risk of colorectal cancer. All fibre was helpful in lowering colorectal cancer risk, but fibre from whole grains seems to have more of a benefit that fibre from other foods.
Oats and Iron-Deficiency Anemia
Do you have low iron levels?
- Oats can vary in the amount of iron they contain, as some are fortified and some aren’t. Check the label to be sure, because there is quite a difference: unfortified oats provide about 2.5 mg of iron per 3/4 cup while the fortified ones have 6.5 mg of iron. The type of iron used to fortify foods is non-heme iron, the plant-based form that is not absorbed as well as heme iron.
Banana Bread Proats in the Microwave – Vegan and Gluten-Free!
Ready for a nom-licious breakfast that’s ready faster than you can say proats? OK, almost as fast! Have yummy cinnamon banana bread proats packed with protein and fiber in your bowl. It’s gonna be a great day!
What’s your favorite quick and easy breakfast? Do you find it hard to get enough protein in the morning? Share your thoughts in the comments below!