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Challenge: Reinventing Breakfast

Carrot Cake Proats

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Proats = Protein + Oats. This recipe is a veggie-filling way to jumpstart your day.

Carrot Cake Proats

  • Yield: 1


  • ¼ cup oats
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup shredded carrots
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon slivered almonds
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup


  1. Put oats, chia seeds, shredded carrots and water in a microwave save bowl and microwave for 2 minutes.
  2. Carefully remove bowl, and stir in protein powder, cinnamon, and vanilla.
  3. Top with coconut, nuts, and maple syrup.

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If our brain senses deprivation like what is typically involved in a diet, then it won’t be happy and eventually we will go back to our old ways. One way to overcome this is through pumping up the volume of your foods without pumping up the calories.

When our brain sees a full plate it sends signals to our stomach that it is enough food, regardless of the calories. Two things that add volume, without a lot of calories, are water and vegetables. I know what you are thinking, BORING! Not if you start your day with my Carrot Cake Proats. Proats = Protein + Oats. This oatmeal includes a full serving of veggies, and allows you to fill your bowl to the brim so your eyes can feast too!

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