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11-22-2016

Pumpkin Spice Protein Oats Are Your Perfect Fall Breakfast

Jennifer Fisher

By Jennifer Fisher, thefitfork.com

‘Tis the season for all things pumpkin and with the weather cooling down, a bit of this super-sized squash gives a simple bowl of hot oatmeal a fit and flavorful boost.  Pumpkin is packed beneficial nutrients including loads of dietary fiber, vitamins (especially A & C), potassium and healthy complex carbs to provide your body and brain energy.

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Oatmeal is also a nutritional powerhouse, however, neither of these two foods contains a significant amount of protein – and I feel it’s important to start off my day with 25 to 30 grams of protein for sustained energy and muscle maintenance!

So, Core Power to the rescue! Using this high-protein shake as the liquid needed to cook oatmeal pumps up the protein much more than water (obviously) or any kind of milk, almond milk, coconut milk, and so on. The recipe calls for approximately ¾ bottle of Vanilla Core Power, but you can add more if you like the consistency of oats to be on the thin side.

This easy, healthy breakfast recipe takes less 5 minutes to prepare, making it ideal for both hectic autumn mornings and lazy weekends.

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Core Power Pumpkin Spice Protein Oats

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pecans
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 to 3 small coffee-sized packets stevia sweetener
  • 8 ounces Vanilla Core Power (or more to achieve desired consistency)
  • Optional Garnish: Greek yogurt, additional nuts, etc.

Add oats, pumpkin, pecans, pumpkin pie spice salt, and stevia to large microwave-safe cereal bowl or 1 quart dish.  Stir dry ingredients together until combined. Mix in 8 ounces of Vanilla Core Pore. Microwave on high for 2-4 minutes or until oats are tender. Give it all a stir and let rest for 2 minutes to thicken. If too thick, stir in additional Vanilla Core Power to thin. Top with optional garnishes and enjoy. Serves 1.

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Jennifer Fisher is an enthusiastic Core Power fan and user. Along with being a contributor to the fairlife team, she’s a #FitFluential Ambassador, #IDEAfit Inspired Blogger and contributor at the Cooking Light Blogger Connection. Jennifer is also a fit food & healthy living guest speaker, competitive master’s runner, CrossFit enthusiast and mother of three teen boys! For more on Jennifer, visit her blog TheFitFork.com and follow her on TwitterFacebook and Pinterest.

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