If you are working out your diet shouldn’t miss oatmeal. Oatmeal is perfect for breakfast and as a booster before your workout. In my opinion, oatmeal is super tasty. It can be eaten in different varieties: you can eat it with milk, water or yogurt, and you can add a big variety of fruits or nuts to it – or whatever you feel like. Oatmeal has many benefits and I would consider it as a real superfood.
Contains proteins and packed with carbs
If you have a sporty lifestyle oatmeal is great for you, actually also if you don’t. Oatmeal contains lots of carbs, which fill up your glycogen storages. They need to be full to have an intensive workout. You don’t have to eat them directly before your workout, but you want to take care that your batteries are full before your workout. Oatmeal also contains a good amount of protein, about 13 grams in 100 grams of oatmeal, not as much as meat or fish but still decent.
Packed with vitamins and minerals
Oatmeal contains lots of vitamins and minerals, therefore it’s a super choice to eat and really healthy. It contains especially good amounts of Vitamin B1, B5, biotin, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, selenium, and potassium. With about 80 grams of oatmeal, you will get at least 10% of your daily dose of those vitamins and minerals in your system.
Oatmeal contains lots of ingestible dietary fiber, therefore perfect for your digestive system. With added milk or water it boosts your digestion.
I personally like to eat my oatmeal first thing in the morning, that’s about 90 min. before my workout. I usually eat about 80 grams of oatmeal, add about 20 grams of almonds to it for a good fat source and 20 grams of dried cranberries for the good taste, to all that I add 200 milliliters of milk. All that will not make me full, I also don’t have the intention to stuff myself. I like to feel light during my workout. Anyways, I also like to add a fruity source and a protein source to make my meal complete. For more info about general nutrition read my blog about Take care of your nutrition!