Still no insomnia post. It's 2/3 written. I am getting there verrrrrrrry slowly. In the meantime, I have some breakfast to present:
This beauty contained 1/2 c frozen blueberries, 1/3 c regular oats, dash vanilla, 1/8 serving protein powder (~5 g), and 1 tbsp peanut butter.
It kept me so full! I was full from 7am to 1pm...which only happens with oatmeal. That got me thinking...why does oatmeal keep me more full than a vegan oat parfait, which contains most of the same ingredients?
In fact, the way I made them, the vegan oat parfait has more calories.
1/3 c oats 100cal
1/2 scoop protein powder 70cal
1 scoop chia 81cal
1/3 c almond milk 20cal
1 whole banana 100cal
1/2 c other fruit 50cal
Total: 421, with approximately 21g protein, 6g fat, and 8g fiber before fruit is added
Oatmeal (as pictured above)
1/3 c oats 100cal
1/8 scoop protein powder 20 cal
1/2 c blueberries 50cal
1 tbsp PB 100cal
Total: 270, with approximately 13g protein, 9g fat, and 8 g fiber before fruit is added
So, the fat is higher. For a real experiment, I will have to alternate and make the recipes equivalent in fat/protein/fiber (which are linked to satiety). I think I might try it...because I'm curious...
Is there any research that consuming warm food helps dietary absorption?
If that's out, the only thing I can think of is that microwaving my oats actually allows more soluble fiber to escape from the husk of the oat...and that soluble fiber makes me feel more full.
What do you think it is about oatmeal that makes you so full?
I promise to come back with the Insomnia post. My students have a test this week, but it's surprisingly quiet on the western front....do you think they've started studying yet? The test is Thursday AM. Nah, I don't think so either.