Are you an oats person? Oats are such a versatile food and are a great breakfast, especially for athletes.
Why are oats such a great part of your athletic lifestyle?
- Oatmeal is high in complex carbohydrates, has a high soluble fiber content, carbohydrates, and is a good source of protein with a low glycemic index. This helps provide a sustained release of energy into the bloodstream, which can help you achieve maximum effort during training and competition, especially for endurance athletes.
- Oatmeals contain iron, thiamine, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, and selenium which are essential for your body to function properly. Pair oats with foods high in vitamin C ( berriesm greens, lemons etc) to help boost the absorption of iron!
- Oats contain around 4 milligrams of iron per 1/2 cup. That’s nearly 1/3 of the daily recommended amounts (18%)!
- Sufficient iron levels mean higher aerobic capacity and better performance for athletes who are pushing their entire bodies to their limits.
- It can be prepared in different ways, depending how much time you have!
- Instant oats can be microwaved and will be prepared in just a few minutes.
- Preparing overnight oats the night before (hence the name ‘overnight oats’), makes it so convenient, as your breakfast has already been prepared.
- On the stovetop for regular oats.
- Steel cut
- Soy milk
- Almond milk
- Cashew Milk
- Pea milk
- Coconut milk
- Chia seeds
- Flax seeds
- Hemp seeds
- Cocoa nibs
- Nut butter
- Protein Powder
- Dairy free yogurt
- Chia pudding
Recipe: Blueberry Oats
This recipe is dedicated to the farmers market in my town. One day I went to the market as they were closing, and they gave me 6 bags of blueberries. I had to make use of them quickly because they were going to go bad pretty soon.
- On medium/low heat, simmer 1 cup of oats and ¾-1 cup of plant-based milk of choice, vanilla extract (optional), and a pinch of salt.
- One oats are thoroughly cooked, add in your blueberries. At this step you can choose to add some brown sugar or maple syrup if you want to add some sweetness.
- Once blueberries are evenly mixed, pour the oats into a bowl. I topped my oats with more blueberries, alpro greek yogurt, a slice of a tangerine, hemp seeds, chia seeds, flax meal, and a mint to garnish!
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