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The Best Low Calorie Toppings For Your Porridge

Who doesn’t love a nice warm bowl of oats during winter. Not only do they warm the soul, they have plenty of health benefits. These include, but are not limited to:
  1. Oats contain both soluble and insoluble fibre. Soluble helps to lower cholesterol and stabilise blood glucose levels. Insoluble fibre helps with constipation and improving intestinal health. 
  2. Antioxidants known as avenanthramides are found exclusively in oats. Avenanthramides (try saying that 3 times in a row), have been shown to exhibit anti-inflammatory and anti-itching properties, and may provide additional protection against coronary heart disease, colon cancer, and skin irritation. 
  3. Oats also may play a role in controlling blood pressure.
  4. They also important vitamins and minerals such as contains thiamine, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, selenium, and iron.


The problem I have with oats as a breakfast choice, is the lack of protein in them.

So we whipped together a quick and easy porridge recipe that includes the Slim Mama Shake and packs your standard oats with protein!

Please refer to the image and recipe below.

 


PROTEIN PORRIDGE
Ingredients
1/2 cup quick oats
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup strawberries
Directions
Mix the oats and water in a microwave safe bowl, then put into the microwave for 1 min 30 sec. Keep an eye on it so it doesn't overflow!
Remove the bowl from the microwave, careful it's hot! Add in the Slim Mama Shake and mix while gradually adding in the almond milk.
Put in the microwave for another 30 sec.
Top with strawberries and sugar free maple syrup (optional).
Serves: 1
Calories per serve:  271
Protein per serve: 20.1g
Sugar per serve: 3.2g


Protein is the building blocks of the body, and it is imperative to have protein at each meal. Not only does it keep you fuller for longer, it will help preserve muscle mass while you are dieting. We DON’T want to lose ANY muscle mass while dieting. Although this is inevitable, by ensuring we get adequate protein into our diets and include weekly resistance training, we can minimise muscle loss. I know I’m going way off topic but it’s too important not to talk about why minimising muscle mass loss is important. I will dot form it for you.

  • The less muscle you have the slower your metabolism, the easier it is to put on weight and the harder it is to lose weight
  • Muscle is important for bone health
  • Helps with your posture
  • Help with balance
  • Helps your retain or gain that ‘toned’ look

This is why I would recommend adding the Slim Mama Shake to your oats to get your serve of protein, vitamins, minerals, fibre and collagen!

Ok SORRY, back to the topic at hand - low calories oat toppings. Let’s say you are using the recipe above to make your oats, you want the toppings to be less than 100 calories. Here are my top low calorie toppings:
  • PB + Choc (100 calories): 1 tsp peanut butter + 1 tbsp dark chocolate chips 
  • Carrot cake (93 calories): 1/4 cup shredded carrots + 1 tbsp sultanas + 1 tbsp sugar free maple syrup + pinch of cinnamon & nutmeg
  • Banana bread (106 calories): 1/2 banana, sliced + 1 tbsp chopped walnuts + pinch of cinnamon
  • Nutella inspired (101 calories): 2 tsp dark chocolate chips + 2 tsp nutella
  • Antioxidant bowl (85 calories): 1/4 cup raspberries + 2 tsp dark chocolate chips + 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
  • Chocolate brownie (95 calories): 1 tsp cocoa powder + 2 tsp dark chocolate chips + 1/4 cup low fat vanilla greek yogurt
  • Tropicana (75 calories): 1/2 cup diced mango + 1 tsp shredded coconut + 1 tsp chopped macadamia nuts
  • Fig joy (98 calories): 1 fig + 1/2 tbsp sugar free maple syrup + 1 tbsp almond slivers
  • Choc Almond (87 calories): 2 tps dark chocolate chips + 1 tbsp chopped almonds + 1 tbsp shredded coconut

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