Saturday, May 14, 2011

Tricky Power Overnight and Non-Overnight Oatmeals, Garlic Herb Baked Chicken

I stopped supplementing protein to breakfast a while ago based on the unnaturalness/less bioavailability, but recently avoiding processed/unfermented soy and yogurt (mucous forming!) and then adding more seeds / different grains, I think the occasional 1T of whey or plant combo protein is beneficial (upping protein + better quality protein ratios).  Plus it's only 1-2T, not a full scoop like I might do before.  Eating egg whites with breakfast works, but isn't the most convenient or tasty option (and you gotta mix it up).
My sort of go to overnight protein bowl combo recently! This one with a touch of Lemon and Vanilla Bliss! At first it had no strawberries...
Protein Vanilla-Lemon Overnight Oats
The combination of oats, quinoa, and chia seeds makes a thick, doughy, creamy, yet seedy amalgamation!  I opted for the Vanilla Plant Fusion Protein, and then some more vanilla and lemon as well. It went perfectly with the Coconut and Berries
  • 3-4T Quinoa, 4-5T Oats, 1-2T Chia Seeds, 1-2T Protein Powder
  • 160g Nut Milk, and Some Lemon
  • Sunflower/Pumpkin Seeds, Coconut Butter, Almond Butter
  • Fresh Blueberries and Strawberries

My first time using Artisana Coconut butter! #1 It's basically like eating coconut, probably better on a warm bowl of oats to mix better but it's really yummy anyways. I love it. Especially when there's already coconut flavor from SoDelicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk!
Overnight At Home
This was basically the same overnight creation, except with no Lemon/Protein Powder (I had an egg white a little later), a bit of Pomegranate Juice, some extra water for soaking, and a Date sliced up and mixed in!  I used Coconut Milk both times, which combined with the Coconut Butter and Seediness is phenomenal.  #2 These bowls are so healthy with protein from Seeds, Quinoa, Oats, Protein Powder (if included) and Almond Butter (which even has some egg whites in it).
Oatmeal For Real
No quinoa this time, but the usual creamy oats+oat bran combo, with mega toppings/mix ins.  I love the mango, especially with strawberry/blueberry accompaniments. Since I don't eat dairy and hadn't had much meat recently, getting some whey protein is definitely beneficial; it is potentially the highest quality protein. Plus you can't beat the taste of Tera's Vanilla whey powder. It's the highest quality organic protein powder ever. I don't think i'll ever be able to use any other brand. And it made my bowl of oatmeal a tasty Sweet Vanilla Mango Date Party.

  • 1/4c Oats, 1/4c Oat Bran, 1c Coconut Milk/Almond Milk
  • 1-2T Tera's Vanilla Bourbon Whey Protein Powder
  • 2-3T Pumpkin/Chia/Sunflower Seeds
  • Dried Mango, Shredded Coconut
  • Blueberries and a Strawberry
What about Non-Breakfast?

I do eat other meals too, so I figured I'd include this dinner.  Made the chicken breast in the oven again, with no lemon but plenty of garlic this time. #3 The onions and artichokes turned out melt in your mouth good, and the chicken goes perfect with a bit of Hummus (as do all the other veggies).  My first time trying Millet, it's definitely similar to Quinoa and Couscous but crunchier/less fluffy, not as nutty and more grainy. It's a little bland on it's own so I think it's going to be better mixed with other grains. 
  • Oven Baked Chicken Breast w/ Artichoke Hearts, Garlic, Onion
    • Ground Coriander, Dill, Basil, 
  • Steamed Gai Lan Broccoli w/ Sesame Oil and Sesame Seeds
  • Oven Roasted Garlic (powder) Sweet Purple Carrots and Baked Sweet Potato
  • Millet
  • Hummus and Avocado as needed


  1. Chia seeds make oatmeal so much better and give it tons more volume. I've been upping my protein to help with the fullness factor, usually some sort of rice or plant blend protein, no soy.

    Coconut butter is amazing, but preferably over something warm or hot because then it melts more like frosting. I want to make my own (shredded coconut + food processor) once I go through my other jar since it's supposed to be super easy, and of course much less expensive! ;)

  2. I love chicken breast and hummus too!

    The herbs is this mix:

    I bought it once and now just refill the jar. It's basically my go to all-purpose seasoning. I love the kelp granules in it!

  3. that looks like an even better version of the Trader Joes Everyday Seasoning I used before!

    I'll have to pick some up for sure. I'm digging the chia and coconut butter so much right now.

    Definitely all about the plant blend protein, it's ratios are 2nd behind whey which is supposedly the best but only leads by a bit. Rice protein hasn't tasted very good to me and I don't think is as beneficial, but to each their own!


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