Make my oatmeal more filling.
December 17, 2011 3:12 PM Subscribe
What can I add to my morning oatmeal to make it more filling, without adding more bulk?
posted by Solomon to food & drink (48 answers total) 35 users marked this as a favorite
I want something that I can add to my oatmeal that will make me feel full for longer, without that something increasing the amount of food I have to eat. I generally have 100g of oatmeal, prepared with milk and a little date syrup. This keeps me going for about 4 hours, before I'm even remotely hungry.
However, sometimes I need to go longer than that (~5 hours) without being hungry, and plain oatmeal can get a little boring after a while. Increasing the amount of oatmeal I eat seemed like a good idea, but I just feel horribly bloated and over-full. Hence wanting something that will fill me up/prevent me from feeling hungry, without making me eat more. I'm happy to eat less oatmeal and more [something else] if that will work.
Another complicating factor is the fact that I make my oatmeal early in the morning (making and eating it later isn't an option), when my mental faculties aren't at their best. Anything involving boiling water or sharp knives isn't going to be a realistic option. If I can prepare something the previous night, keep it in the fridge and mix it with the oatmeal the following morning, then that will work.
I did have the idea to try out some kind of protein powder, given that protein apparently causes the release of the hormone ghrelin, which is associated with a feeling of satiety. Is this liable to work?
For what it's worth, oatmeal is the only thing that I've found that hits the sweet spot of filling and easy to prepare. If there's something else that will do the job as easily, please let me know.