Adding these high-protein foods to your morning bowl of oatmeal can amp it up and make for a more satisfying breakfast. Follow this easy 2 step process to make your most filling bowl yet!

Breana Lai, M.P.H., R.D.
April 30, 2020
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Oatmeal is a go-to for morning meals, but if you’re like us, it can leave you feeling hungry again in an hour. Adding these high-protein foods to your morning bowl of oatmeal can amp it up and make for a more satisfying breakfast. So, the next time you make a batch of oatmeal, follow this easy 2 step process to make it your most filling bowl yet!

How to Make the Most Satisfying Bowl of Oatmeal

1. Make the oatmeal

Bring 1 cup water (or milk) and a pinch of salt (if desired) to a boil in a small saucepan. Stir in 1/2 cup oats and reduce the heat to medium; cook for 5 minutes.

See the Recipe: Old-Fashioned Oatmeal

2. Choose one of our favorite protein additions

Whisk in your protein boost of choice and cook the oatmeal for 1 minute more. Then top with your favorite crunch, or add touch of sweetness and boom, you’re full until lunch.

The incredible egg

6 grams protein

Mixing in a beaten large egg or 3 tablespoons of egg whites turns oats super silky. Plus, it's great with sweet or savory toppings.

Add nut butter

7 grams protein

Two tablespoons of peanut, almond or sunflower seed butter provide as much protein as an egg. Top with fruit and it’ll be like a PB & J!

Whisk in Greek yogurt

6 grams protein

A 1/4 cup of non-fat Greek yogurt gives you a staying-power boost with only 33 calories. Add fruit and nuts for a parfait-inspired bowl.

Pictured Recipe: Quinoa Chia Oatmeal Mix

Ch-ch-ch-Chia seeds!

6 grams protein

Topping with 3 tablespoons also gives your oatmeal an 11 gram fiber boost. That's almost half your daily requirement!

Sprinkle in protein powder

20 grams protein

Protein powder (like whey protein) isn’t just for body builders! Stirring in 2 tablespoons of a no-sugar-added variety adds milky flavor and creaminess to your oatmeal.

Bring on the beans

6 grams protein

Opt for 5 tablespoons hummus, 6 tablespoons refried beans or 3 oz. silken tofu. A sprinkle of za'atar and feta on hummus oats? Yes please.

Cottage cheese is making a comeback

7 grams protein

1/4 cup of curds makes your oats oh-so-lucious and flavorful. Top it just like you would plain cottage cheese or enjoy as is.

This story originally appeared in EatingWell Magazine April 2020.