Oats for Athletes! Oats are a perfect quick versatile go to meal for an athlete but with so many varieties it's hard to know what the healthiest choices are. Here a few fun facts. Nutritionally speaking one of the most beneficial things to know is that there is no difference between old fashioned oats, steel cut oats and instant oats. That's a big plus. The difference is in the manner they are processed. This transformation will cause differences in textures and cooking times. Do proceed with caution when purchasing instant oats because these at times will be packaged with added sugars which you may want to steer away from.
Another benefit of oats is that they can be incorporated into many different dishes and cooked in many different ways. Whether it's oven baked, stove top or microwave; there are endless ways to give those oats a fresh and enticing new outlook.
Oats contain complex carbohydrates, protein and fiber. They also carry several of the B vitamins, magnesium and iron. Many of the elements an athlete needs for rebuilding muscle, re-energizing and keeping blood sugar stable. One serving of oats equals the same amount of protein an egg provides.
What You'll Need:
1 cup Old Fashioned Oats
1 3/4 cup water
3 tbl honey
2 tbl greek vanilla yogurt
2 tbl chia seeds
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup raspberries
How To Make It:
- Rinse berries and set aside
- In a small saucepan bring 1 3/4 c water to a boil
- Once boiling is reached add oats and turn heat down to medium and cook for 5 minutes
- Then place lid on pot and turn heat off and let sit for 2 to 3 minutes
- Now add the honey, chia, to the oats and stir
- Spoon mixture into a bowl and add a dollop of vanilla yogurt on top and add the berries arranging them the way you like or by mixing them into the oats. Enjoy! Wonderfully simple and delicious