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How to Add More Protein to Your Oatmeal

This Oatmeal Hack Is Seriously Genius

Why do I talk about oatmeal so much? Because it's probably one of the absolute best breakfasts for a trillion reasons. Not only is it quick, a great source of fibre and protein, and super filling, but it tastes damn delicious. And it's so versatile — you can have a different flavour combination every day for a month and never have the same one twice. What would make it even better? If it offered even more weight-loss-promoting protein and fibre. And here's how to make it happen.

Nope, this hack doesn't involve adding Greek yoghurt, or protein powder, or cottage cheese. This trick is completely dairy-free and all-natural. The secret lies in beans. chickpeas, to be exact. Just mash 60 grams into your bowl. Then add the rolled oats, liquid, sweetener, and toppings of your choice, heat it up, and boom — for 65 extra calories, you also get 3.5 grams of protein and 2.5 grams of fibre. The smashed chickpeas add a creaminess that blends right into the oatmeal, so you won't notice them one bit.

Cannellini beans work well too (50 calories, 3 grams of protein, and 2.5 grams of fibre). And this morning I tried pinto beans (55 calories, 3 grams of protein, 3 grams of fibre) with huge success — and by that I mean my daughter scraped her bowl clean and then asked for more.

This works with overnight oats, as in this banana cashew oatmeal — just mash them in the jar first, add your other ingredients, stir it in the morning, and you've got yourself a creamy protein- and fibre-packed breakfast. Or add them to your cooked steel-cut oats. Talk about a breakfast game changer.

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