If you love cereal but need more protein in your breakfast, this Protein-Packed Chocolate Cereal Bowl recipe holds the secret!
I have loved cereal ever since I was a small child. Growing up in the 1970’s with a mom who was into nutrition definitely had its plusses and minuses from a kid’s perspective. While I now appreciate the good habits she tried to instill in me at an early age, at the time I just wanted some Cocoa Pebbles and Count Chocula. I mean, who didn’t love the chocolate flavored milk at the bottom of the bowl? On rare occasions, these varieties of cereal would “fall” into the cart and my sister and I would fight over them until they were gone.
As an RDN, I still thoroughly enjoy my cereal. My pantry looks a lot like Seinfeld’s with a VERY long row of different cereal boxes. Over the last several years, I’ve decreased my intake of this breakfast favorite because it left me starving by 10am. The cause? Lack of protein to help keep me satisfied. To get my fix, I would still toss some into my yogurt or make homemade trail mix with a few different kinds of cereal, dried fruit, and nuts. Then one morning I had a eureka moment when I realized I could easily add whey protein to my beloved cereal bowl. Ahhhhhh! This Protein-Packed Chocolate Cereal Bowl will awaken the child in you while providing enough protein to keep you satisfied until lunch. I’m a little obsessed and have been trying many cereal combinations with different protein powder flavors. Let’s just say, you’ll never get bored!
For something so quick and simple, and with only 280 calories, you will jump start your day with 11 grams of fiber, 22 grams of protein, 80% of your daily recommended intake of iron, 60% of calcium and a whopping 160% of Vitamin C! Good morning!
- 1 cup toasted oat cereal (such as Cheerios)
- 1/3 cup high fiber cereal (the kind that looks like little sticks)
- 3/4 cup unsweetened almond, coconut or cashew milk
- 3 Tablespoons chocolate flavored whey protein (grass fed)
- 1 cup strawberries, sliced
- Add cereal and ½ of the strawberries to a bowl and toss.
- In a larger measuring cup or bowl, whisk together milk and protein powder until completely dissolved.
- Add the remaining strawberries, pour milk over the top and enjoy.
If you want a super chocolatey taste, whisk in 1 teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder with the protein powder and milk.
What is your favorite cereal combo? Please share with me in the comments below: