Oatmeal used to be considered animal feed because it’s cheap, easy to store and prepare and filling, but over recent years it has more and more been considered a health food and it’s ideal for runners.
Benefits of oatmeal for runners:
- It’s easy to store and quick to make after a run. See the recipe below for just how easy.
- It’s cheap. A healthy breakfast can be had for next to nothing. Even a quick search throws up 1.5kg (about 35 portions) for £12.45, that’s 35p per serving.
- It can help lower cholesterol.
- You can add fruit, honey, sugar, milk or any number of other ingredients to it to tailor it to your tastes or just keep it interesting.
- It’s full of carbs and is a good source of iron. Both essential after a nice morning run.
- There is evidence to suggest that beta-gluten contained within Oatmeal can help your immune system respond to illness. After a long run your immune system suffers a dip in performance, so it’s nice to know that this might actually help.
- It’s warm so feels like a breakfast treat, an inner hug, lovely.
I have used quick-cook oats below for speed. If you have standard oats just add a minute to cooking time.
- Quick-cook Oats
- Water (this can be replaced in part of total with milk if you prefer)
- Pinch of cinnamon (optional)
- A dessert spoon of raisins (optional)
- Half a tea-spoon of sugar (optional)
It couldn’t be simpler:
- Grab your favourite breakfast bowl and pour in 1 part oats to 2 parts water (or milk if you prefer).
- (This step is optional) add the raisins and stir in to the oats and water.
- Put it in the microwave on full power for 1 minute. Remove, stir, and put it back in for another minute. Remove.
- (This step is optional) add the sugar and cinnamon and stir in well.
Of course you could also add fresh fruit. Try mashing a banana into the mixture before you microwave it, blackberries melt into the mixture if you add them before cooking, blueberries hold their shape and strawberries added at the end give a really summery edge.