With lockdowns easing across the UK there are lots of reasons to be excited. For many people this will mean a return to gyms, training for marathons, cycling and other sporting events. That means that now is the time to think about a very important aspect of any type of training; diet and nutrition. Most of us know the amazing health benefits of oats, from lowering cholesterol to helping to lower blood sugars. But did you know that oats are also an amazing source of quality, low-cost, plant-based protein. This is great news for anyone on a vegan diet, or for anyone who wants a nutrient filled breakfast to fuel their workouts.
Oats are a powerhouse of nutrition, packed full of fibre, protein for muscle support and essential fats for joint support. Porridge oats contain around 11-15% protein which equates to 11.1g of protein per 100g.
It is important that you get plenty of protein in your diet, especially when you are training as your body needs protein to repair and grow muscle that is broken down during exercise. Regular exercise will mean you need a little bit more protein than usual.
Oats are great for pre-workout and post-workout meals. Similar to whole grains, they provide tons of energy and are slower to be released, giving you that energy to power through your workout.
Oats are the perfect base for a protein dense meal, you can easily add extra sources of plant based protein to oats like nut butters, chia seeds, flaxseed, chopped nuts, a scoop of protein powder or even an egg! Check out our delicious savoury breakfast porridge recipe to see how you can add eggs to oats for a filling, slow energy release breakfast.
We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite protein oat recipes that not only pack a protein punch, but they also taste great!
Team Joe Barr’s (World Endurance Cyclist) nutritionist, Jillian Mooney says they are a perfect complement to Joe’s nutritional package during those long cold hours on the bike and provide quick and tasty nourishment for the crew. They are packed full of nutrient dense ingredients like cranberries, pumpkin seeds, toasted pecans, oats and almond nut butter.
This vegan friendly recipe doesn’t include any refined sugars which makes the recipe a lot healthier than traditional flapjacks. Better still, they are packed full of natural plant based protein.
Check out our Oaty Bounce Balls recipe to keep the hunger at bay and provide plenty of energy and to fuel your next workout.