Most people know that it is important to eat the right things before and after working out and certain foods will do certain things for you if they are consumed before a workout.
Carbs are usually what I eat before working out because they give me a lot of energy while I’m exercising. And most nutritionists and trainers will agree that carbs are one of the best things to eat before heading to the gym. But, the type of carbs you eat are extremely important. If you eat a doughnut before working out; even though doughnuts are considered carbs, you will not get any benefits from eating it and your workout will most likely suffer. Eating something substantial with complex carbs like oatmeal will give you the fuel to get through a workout.
Here is a recipe for the oatmeal that I usually make:
1/2 cup multigrain rolled oats
1/2 cup water
1 packet Truvia (or a tsp of any sweetener you like)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbl flax meal
1 Tbl chia seeds
1/2 banana, sliced
2 Tbl chopped walnuts
2 dates, chopped
1/4 cup almond/coconut milk
In a microwave safe bowl, combine oats, Truvia, cinnamon, flax meal, chia seeds, and water. Microwave for 90 seconds. Remove from the microwave and stir in bananas, walnuts, dates, and almond/coconut milk. Microwave for another 60 seconds. Remove from microwave. Stir and allow to cool slightly.
This oatmeal is so good and it’s the workout fuel I need, especially for those early morning workouts I’ve been doing lately. If I am feeling like a need an extra boost of nutrients, sometimes I will stir in a tablespoon of peanut butter or add in some protein powder to this recipe. However, without the addition of protein powder or peanut butter, this whole bowl of oatmeal (and this makes a pretty big bowl) is only around 330 calories! For breakfast, that is a perfect amount of calories to consume and it will keep you full for a while!!