It’s oatmeal appreciation day!
Well, I don’t know if there is actually an oatmeal appreciation day, but there should be. November 21st is as good a day as any.
Lisa and I made another big Costco run a few weeks ago–October 31st, to be precise. We purchased all the usual stuff: chicken breasts, salmon, shrimp, tilapia, tuna, various household items, spices and so on…
Oh, and oatmeal. Lots and lots of oatmeal:
60 pounds of oats may seem like a lot, but we eat so much oatmeal that it’s really not excessive. I eat, at minimum, 2 cups (dry measurement) per day, and sometimes as much as 3.5 cups. Lisa also has oatmeal most mornings, so we go through this stuff pretty quickly. We’ve already polished off one of those big boxes, and are into the second one now. I believe 60 pounds will last us somewhere between 3 and 4 months. I usually do 3-4 big Costco trips per year (I prefer to buy in bulk), so this amount is right on.
Over the years I’ve tried lots of different breakfast foods, and for me nothing beats oatmeal as a pre-ride carb source. I eat one cup (before cooking) each morning, and that gets me 300 calories, 54 carbs (8g fiber) and 10g protein. Oatmeal is a super healthy meal, and the complex carbs are perfect for fueling long, hard rides.
I eat another bowl of oatmeal (again, 1 cup before cooking) every single afternoon. About the time most people are falling asleep at their desks, I’m still feeling energetic and having a productive afternoon.
I’ll often toss a 1/2 cup of raw oats into my protein smoothie, which I usually consume immediately after riding or lifting.
I used to sweeten my oats with Stevia, but I’ve moved away from that. I now use a tablespoon or so of organic maple syrup (I get it from Costco, it’s great stuff), a whole lot of cinnamon (again, Costco) and a little pure cane sugar. Raw fruit is another great sweetener, and nuts are also an excellent addition.
I just woofed down this morning’s bowl, and could seriously eat another one. But right now it’s time to ride, so I’d better get moving. Have a great Saturday, and be sure to eat your oats!