Who doesn’t love to wake up to a creamy comfort food that’s deliciously satisfying, packed with protein and fiber to stave off hunger and that also helps with weight control and belly fat burning—and that can double as a 6-ingredient, 5-minute meal? We sure do! For us, just the smell of a warm, comforting bowl of oatmeal reminds us of growing up, when we had no worries in the world 😉 and it was our health-minded mom who would want to fuel us before rushing us off to the bus stop for school. Our mom would be the one focusing on making sure she gave us a breakfast that kept us satisfied until lunchtime without a grumbling belly that would distract us.
We’ve always thought of oatmeal as a stick-to-your ribs, satisfying breakfast and what we especially love about our Cinnamon Banana Protein Oatmeal is that it does keep you feeling satisfied for hours, and unlike other comfort foods, these oats are a satisfying weight loss breakfast!
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The Most Satisfying Weight Loss Breakfast
What makes this oatmeal so good for your waistline and also a rock star when it comes to preventing hunger is the combination of ingredients that add wholesome fiber, protein and cinnamon in this 5-minute meal. Here’s why it works:
The creamy oats provide your body with wholesome, nutrient and fiber-packed carbohydrates for long lasting fuel. Ditto for the banana, which also adds a sweet flavor with no added sugar. Score for deliciousness and for saving your body from processed sugar and extra calories!
The nonfat cottage cheese and egg whites add lean protein—and protein takes longer to digest (4-6 hours) compared to the carbs (1-4 hours) so these proteins extend the energy boost of the oats and banana while preventing energy peaks and crashes. This is critical for your belly-fat burning because when your blood sugar (energy) crashes, you crave a quick pick-up—even if you don’t need more food or calories—and the quickest way to get energy is with sugar, so most people crave sugar when their energy crashes. On the other hand, this breakfast prevents you from ever needing a quick energy boost and you avoid eating excess calories that quickly accumulate around the tummy.
What’s more, when you have a breakfast that provides long lasting energy, you have more energy to be active, to get to do your belly-fat burning workout, and you are more active all day.
The sweet-tasting (and smelling) cinnamon packs in some mega health benefits and some fat-burning bonuses. Studies show that as little as ½ teaspoon a day of cinnamon can lower your blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides and it seems may even be beneficial on weight! According to this recent study, cinnamaldehyde, which is the oil in cinnamon that gives it it’s flavor, activates fat burning by acting on fat cells through a process known as thermogenesis. Thermogenesis is the process in which our bodies create heat when we digest food, or to keep us warm. While more research is needed to confirm these fat-burning/metabolism boosting benefits, adding a ½ teaspoon of Ceylon cinnamon to your daily routine can add some healthy benefits and possibly increase fat burning in your day!
Note: Be sure to look for Ceylon cinnamon (rather than Cassia cinnamon, which is the more common form and in large amounts contains a toxin that is harmful to your health). We use Frontier Brand for Ceylon Cinnamon—this is what Lyssie sprinkles all over Comfort Food Reinvented Apple Pie. No need to go overboard and douse your meals with cinnamon—that ½ teaspoon will do ya’!
Another cinnamon bonus? Cinnamon adds a sweetness to this breakfast with no sugar added! Calorie-free, healthy sweetness that may even be a fat-burn food?! Yes, we’ll take a sprinkle, please!
This entire 5-minute, satisfying weight loss breakfast is just over 300 calories with 23 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. Get your spoon, dig in and let us know what you and your waistline think!
Cinnamon Banana High Protein Oatmeal
Makes 1 serving
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup nonfat milk
1/2 small banana, mashed
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup nonfat cottage cheese
1 egg white
1. Combine the oats, milk, banana, and cinnamon in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1.5 minutes.
2. Stir the cottage cheese and egg white into the oatmeal until combined. Microwave for 1 minute more to cook the egg white all the way through. Stir again and serve! Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts Per serving 308 calories, 3.8 grams fat, 0.5 grams saturated fat, 364 mg sodium, 48.5 g carbs, 5 grams fiber, 23 grams protein)
- ½ cup oats
- ½ cup nonfat milk
- ½ small banana, mashed
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅓ cup nonfat cottage cheese
- 1 egg white
- Combine the oats, milk, banana, and cinnamon in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1.5 minutes.
- Stir the cottage cheese and egg white into the oatmeal until combined. Microwave for 1 minute more to cook the egg white all the way through. Stir again and serve! Enjoy!