So now that ya all are coming out of your turkey coma I am sure the last thing you want to think about is food. However after reading this great recipe I think you will change your mind.
Around this time of year I usually make the recommendation to my athletes to stop using sports nutrition on the bike and focus on real food. That means no bars, no gels, no sports drink. I recommend just water in the bottles and only real food on longer rides if you need it. To make that happen you have to pay close attention to nutrition off the bike and make sure you are starting your rides off well fueled.
An awesome choice for your pre-ride meal is oatmeal. I always loved a nice warm bowl of slightly sweet oatmeal to keep me warm on cold, wet winter morning training rides. Oatmeal provides a decent amount of energy but I always want to make it a little better and add in some protein and fat to help sustain me longer on 3+ hour rides. A friend then recommended this recipe of baked oatmeal to me and it has since become a staple in our house. This recipe makes a lot but it keeps well and is easy to reheat. I recommend making on the weekend and eating leftovers throughout the week.
- 3 or 4 Eggs from Pastured Hens (more nutrients and healthier fats)
- 2 and 1/2 Cups Milk from Grass-fed Cows (nutrient dense, healthier fats, happy cows)
- 3 and 1/2 Cups of Organic Steel-cut Oats
- 1 Cup Organic Walnuts
- 1/2 Cup Organic Raisins
- 1/4 Cup Organic Maple Syrup
- Mineral-rich Sea Salt
- 2 Tablespoons Organic Cinnamon
- 2 Tablespoons of Organic Coconut Oil (healthy medium chain triglycerides that helps the body burn fat)
The night before add the oats and walnuts into a 9 x 13 casserole dish and cover them with water and a ½ teaspoon of salt. Cover with plastic wrap and leave on the counter overnight. This helps the digestibility of the oats and reduces the cooking time. The next morning drain any excess water that wasn’t absorbed by the oats.
In the morning mix the eggs, milk, maple syrup, and coconut oil (the coconut oil will be lumpy-don’t worry about it) in a bowl. Then add the cinnamon, raisons, and egg/milk mixture into the oats and mix well.
Put the dish into a 350 degree oven until the top is golden brown and you can’t resist the phenomenal smell (somewhere between 45min to an hour).
I like to eat it with a little extra maple syrup and yogurt. Trust me, this stuff is amazing. You can thank me later…