Oatmeal: My Breakfast of Champions

2017-04-13-oatmeal-edited.jpg

I've always been a breakfast person. Unless I'm going out for a run right after I get up (which I'll start doing again during marathon training), eating is one of the first things I do. And for the last year, I've had almost the same breakfast every single day. Oatmeal (with the random Kodiak cake thrown in some mornings just to mix it up). It isn't as boring as it sounds to eat oatmeal every morning. There is no way I am eating plain oatmeal every morning, I don't think I've ever eaten plain oatmeal in my life. I am always mixing something into it to change it up. My recent favorite has been peanut butter and jelly, which is amazing because the peanut butter gets warmed up by the hot oatmeal and gets all gooey when I mix it in. It's like eating a hot PB&J for breakfast, heaven for me.

This is what I've had for breakfast for the last month because it's so good. I haven't gotten burned out on it quite yet. And I've mixed up the "jelly" component from time to time. Right now, it's been raspberry fruit spread but I've used different types of jams or even frozen/fresh fruit in the past. Using frozen fruit takes a little bit longer in the morning since I mix it into the oatmeal while it's still on the stove to defrost the fruit and makes sure I get hot oatmeal.

2017 04 13 Oatmeal and Coffee Edited

A variation on the PB&J that is another easy choice in the morning is peanut butter and banana oatmeal. You still get that melty peanut butter with the sweetness of sliced bananas. Confession: this is based on a past obsession of melting peanut butter over a banana for a snack. It would also be amazing if you used diced apples in place of the peanut butter (another snack obsession I used to have).

The last flavor combination that had been in regular rotation until recently is pumpkin spice. Yes, I am a basic bitch because I love everything pumpkin spice. Every time I go to Aldi, I grab a couple of canned pumpkin puree if they have it in stock. They haven't recently which has been very sad even though we should be way past pumpkin spice season. For this, I mix in 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree and shake some pumpkin pie spice into my oatmeal (I usually have 3/4 cup of oatmeal cooked in 1 cup almond milk) while it's still on the stove and let it warm up for a minute or two. Sometimes, I add in a tablespoon of brown sugar for some extra sweetness.

You might be wondering, why I settled on oatmeal as my go-to breakfast. It all comes back to IIFYM, which is how I monitor my food intake to try and reach my best running performance. I'll be putting up a more extensive post next week about IIFYM but simply put this had been the way that's helped me loose and maintain my current weight and feel my best with running (and life in general). Oatmeal has been the most customizable breakfast that fits into my macros easily for the day (especially now that I'm eating at a high carb level) because it's easy to add protein and fat in. Do I need more protein? Add in egg whites or protein powder. Do I need more fat? Add in more peanut butter or a whole egg.

Maybe one day soon I'll get sick of oatmeal every morning and I will mix up my breakfast more than I am now. But I'll always have oatmeal as my go-to breakfast to make and eat fast.