I have a confession to make.
I haven't been eating enough food.
If I had a dollar for every time I told B "You have to eat to grow" I would be writing this from a tropical island. [I'm writing this on my couch while watching The Biggest Loser, thus there is no one that actually delivers on the "if I had a dollar" statements. Dangit.] I know you have to eat lots of clean food if you want to put on a decent amount of lean muscle, but until I recently started seeing how many calories I burn in a day, I never really realized just how much food that meant! In my post yesterday I mentioned I burned about 1500 calories... well, apparently I lied because someone on Facebook called me out on it last night, so I double checked and what do you know, I burned more like 1700! If I was trying to lose fat this would be great, but I'm not, in fact James Wilson told me yesterday I should be in a surplus of calories in the 250-500 calories range! That's a lot of calories people! This means I could potentially be eating up to 2200 calories on heavy lifting days. Absolutely crazy. I highly recommend you figure out your daily calorie burn if you have specific fitness goals in mind, because had I known this back in November when I started lifting to gain muscle, I would have started eating more and would probably have put on a lot more muscle by now. Oh, well good news is I get to up my calories!
I started my calorie increase by adding a half of a banana to my overnight oats and in doing so I found the key to making gloriously fluffy oatmeal!
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 a banana, mashed + 1/4 banana for topping (optional)
1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
4 pasteurized egg whites
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
cinnamon to taste
1. Combine all ingredients except banana in a bowl and mix well.
2. In a separate bowl use a fork to mash up banana and then whip it into the rest of the mixture. You should whip until it is smooth and completely mixed in with oatmeal (no chunks!)
3. Cover bowl and place in fridge overnight.
4. Add sliced banana on top and a sprinkle of cinnamon if desired.
I'm not sure what the banana did or if it was the whipping but the oats were definitely at max fluff capacity! Okay, I'm off to eat my life away in hopes of gaining muscle and not fat. Wish me luck :)