Monday, January 10, 2011


There are very few foods that I miss from my former high-carb life. Generally, the starch is my least favorite part of a given dish. I'm happy to eat a burger with no bun, French onion soup with no croutons, fajitas without tortillas, eggs Benedict over grilled tomato slices instead of an English muffin, whitefish salad with celery sticks instead of bagel chips, and so on. I usually have a cheat meal once per week which gets any cravings out of the way (and leaves me moaning, clutching my stomach, and vowing I will never do this again, but I digress). Oddly enough, it's the "healthy" items that I have trouble avoiding. For example, I miss gorging on unlimited amounts of sugary fruits; I do eat fruit, but I stick to unsweetened low-sugar low-glycemic choices like berries, or I keep my portions very small (i.e. a spoonful of mango salsa atop a piece of grilled fish). Another item I miss is oatmeal, although I've learned to do without. However, April posted an alternative that will fool just about anyone. I wouldn't make it every day, as it contains some soy and I generally prefer eggs for breakfast anyway, but when it's cold outside and the craving hits, this is just the thing. 

This contains a half-scoop of protein powder. I use the Natural Premium line from True Protein, as it is sweetened with stevia only and contains only natural extracts and colorings. Bananas N Cream is my favorite flavor for this recipe. You can use discount code EAC008 for a 5% discount at True Protein.

Serves 1

  • 1/4 cup flax meal, preferably golden flax meal
  • 1/4 cup TVP 
  • 1 raw egg white or 2 Tbs liquid egg white or egg substitute
  • 1/2 scoop (I used a level 25cc scoop) of protein powder
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk + 1/2 cup water
  • Seasonings of choice (I used lots of pumpkin pie spice and a drop of vanilla extract)
  • Stevia if you are using unsweetened protein powder
Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium. Cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes. Serve immediately. I topped mine with Greek yogurt, blueberries, and almonds.

331 calories, 11g fat (about 7 grams of which is omega-3s), 5g net carbs (18g carbs + 13g fiber), 35g protein


april said...

yay I'm so glad you like the recipe!!

JamBelly said...

Yum yum yum!

I've been making this much more often than I should (with the soy scare going around), but it is just sooo delicious and such a great substitute for my beloved oatmeal.

Nick said...

I know this post is years old, but I hope you see it! Is the egg really necessary? Between the protein powder and the TVP, what does the egg white (mostly protein) add to the oatmeal? A thicker consistency?

Melissa Navarro said...

Is there a substitute for the TVP?

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