Thursday, February 9, 2012

Banana Cinnamon Overnight Oats

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! 

Ingredients
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 

Directions 
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 :)

16 comments:

  1. this is exactly what I ate for breakfast today but in a non-overnight cooked version and it was delish! I'll definitely have to try your overnight version; it will make mornings a lot easier. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Yum, looks great!!! Too bad I don't need the extra calories!

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  3. Do you heat it up in the morning? Or just eat it cold? I think cold might be good :) maybe like banana bread!

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    1. I always eat overnight oats cold! :)

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    2. This looks so good. I was planning on making it for tomorrow but I'm having trouble getting passed the uncooked eggs.

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  4. Where did you go to calculate your calories? Because I am facing the same issue you are with muscle development.

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    1. To see my calories burned I'm using my new BodyMedia devise (scroll down a little to read my post on it)and to figure out what I eat I use myfitnesspal.com

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  5. Going to try these tonight, but add in the hard boiled egg whites in the AM, since I don't have pastuerized ones. I am also trying to gain muscle and wondering about my calorie range. Did you just post on James Wilson's wall or how did you get him to advise you? Thanks! :)

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  6. Can't wait to try!! Got them in the fridge right now :)

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  7. Hi little b! I love your page it's so inspirational and educational and I love overnight oats too! It's perfect for breakfast. I have a quick question tho, what do u mean by pasteurized egg whites? I use the carton but we were out tonight so I just used regular whites from an egg. Do u think this will be alright too? Thanks so much!

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    1. No, actually you have to use the pasteurized egg whites otherwise you run the risk of salmonella.

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  8. Okay, so Lil B I decided to nuke this in the microwave for a minute and it turned into scrambled egg whites and oats. Not my idea of yum. Did I do something wrong?

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    1. Hi Kell, You're supposed to eat them cold :)

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  9. Hey Brittany,
    Just wondering how many calories are in the overnight oatmeal approx.?

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    1. I'm not sure, but you can plug it in to myfitnesspal.com and find out!

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