If I’m sleeping in my own bed, I rarely ever wake up in the middle of the night. Okay, that sounded a lot cleaner in my head. I can sleep straight through the night, no problem. It’s wonderful and I’m enjoying it while I still can. You know, before other people enter the picture. That also sounded a lot cleaner in my head.
…I was referring to babies! I digress.
The other night, I woke up at 4 AM with fierce hunger pangs. So fierce that even Ms. Tyra Banks would’ve been knocked out unconscious. So fierce that I had to crawl out of the warm cocoon that is my down comforter, walk ALL the way upstairs to the kitchen and chug a cup of kefir…straight from the bottle. My stomach growled with delight as I waddled my way back into bed.
I was not interested in repeating that last night, so I ate a midnight snack to hold me over through the night. A snack with some protein to feed my muscles and prevent them from waking me up again!
I made these Sunflower Seed Butter Oat Bites, one of my favorite recipes from last year.
I changed up the ingredients slightly based on what we had on hand.
The changes I made:
- 1 cup ground GF oats (because the GF oats from TJ’s are super tough!) instead of 1.5 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup brown rice crisps instead of 1/2 cup oat bran
- 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts instead of sunflower seeds (all out!)
I left them unbaked because it was midnight (literally, it was a midnight snack), but I will probably pop some in the oven today because I’ve been craving cookies like it’s Christmas Eve. Take one look at my Pinterest search history and you’ll know what I mean.
They’re totally like break ‘n’ bake cookies. Bake watch ya want, when ya want ‘em. Or eat them raw. Most importantly, the protein and carbs got my stomach through the night. Hallelujah!
Speaking of protein, this week is the LAST week of the Soy Simple campaign. I’ve learned quite a bit from writing, reading and researching for this campaign.
- Soy makes for an excellent post-workout snack/meal because it is a complete protein (contains all the essential amino acids)
- Including soy in your diet can help you reduce cholesterol and the risk of heart disease
- Soy is great for individuals who are lactose-intolerant because it is lactose-free
- Recent research suggests that consuming soy may lower your risk of some cancers, osteoporosis and alleviate symptoms related to menopause
A look back on past Soy Simple posts:
- Soy Simple
- Tofu Scramble
- What Fuels Your Workout
- Gingerbread Scones
- Snack Away
- Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie
- How Not to Demolish All the Food at the Holiday Party
- Holiday Meal Makeover
- There Ain’t Nothing Like Protein
- You Know…
AND that’s a wrap!!
$50 Sports Authority Gift Card Giveaway
To enter this week’s Soy Simple contest, simply comment on this blog post telling me what you learned from the Soy Simple campaign by Sunday, January 22nd. A winner will be selected at random from all participants and will be notified through email.
Contest is only open to U.S. residents, 18 years of age and older. One entry, per person, per contest. Good luck!
This post is part of the Soy Simple campaign (you can read more about the campaign and my disclosure statement here).