My friends on My Fitness Pal will attest to the fact that I eat this exact same breakfast every single day (with the exception of long run or race days). Yes, I love it that much. On occasion I'll even have it for dinner on a Friday night.
Large flake oats: Oats have a low glycemic index. This means I can get through the morning without feeling famished by 9:00 am! They are good for cholesterol, your heart and your digestive tract. (Note: I choose to use large flake oats vs the slightly more healthy steel-cut oats for convenience and consistency preference).
Banana: Bananas are a great source of potassium which runners sweat out with other electrolytes. Although sweet, they sustain you longer than many other types of fruit.
Blueberries: Blueberries have one of the highest amounts of anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants boost the immune system. A huge benefit when you don't want to catch a cold before a race!
Unsweetened almond milk: Almond milk is low in calories, contains vitamins and antioxidants. (I make a batch of almond mild every week).
Unsweetened peanut butter: Peanut butter is packed with protein, good fat and fiber. (Note: Yes, you can get used to and enjoy the unsweetened version).
Cinnamon: Besides adding aroma and flavour, it is thought that cinnamon could lower blood sugar.
(Note: Use in moderation, as some people can be sensitive to cinnamon and may be at risk of liver damage, especially Cassia vs Ceylon cinnamon).
Wheat bran: Wheat bran is the outer shell of the wheat plant. It contains fiber which aids digestion and keeps everything moving along.
Hemp hearts: Hemp hearts contain essential fatty acids which reduce inflammation and aid in muscle and joint repair. Definitely a benefit for runners!
Ground flax seed: Another source of essential fatty acids.
Shredded unsweetened coconut: Besides a bit of flavour and crunch, coconut offers antioxidant properties, healthy fats and fiber.
Salt: Runners sweat out salt, especially in the summer heat. Just a pinch of salt enhances the flavours of the other ingredients.
*I'm not a nutritionist. I based my ingredient list on facts I have read about, which include the above benefits.
© runningdesigner, 2015
1/3 cup large flake oatmeal
1/3 cup frozen wild blueberries
1 tbsp unsweetened peanut butter
1 tbsp wheat bran
1 tbsp ground flax seed
1 tsp hemp hearts
1 tsp unsweetened shredded coconut
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
Add all dry ingredients to a bowl and stir to mix well. Add banana and blueberries and mix again. Top with peanut butter ( I prefer my PB on top vs mixed in so I can scoop a little bit with every bite!) Add almond milk (I only use 1/2 cup as I don't like a soupy consistency) . Microwave for 1.5 minutes or to desired temperature. Enjoy!