Overnight Power Oats
For the past year or so I've been experimenting with my breakfast before my long runs. Usually for shorter runs I just grab a banana and coffee but if I'm going to be out for more then an hour I need something more.
I wanted something that was easy to digest, that I could make ahead of time, and that was full of everything I needed to get through my run.
Enter Overnight Power Oats, which is my spin on overnight oats.
Here's what makes them power oats
OATMEAL - It's easily digestible and full of complex carbohydrate. Instead of causing your blood sugar to spike and then crash, it releases a steady stream of energy.
BANANA- Another easily digestible carb that's filled with potassium and manganese. Also helps ward off muscle cramps.
POWER DUST- "Power Dust® is an adaptogenic blend of elite superherbs and supermushrooms that help combat the effects of stress to fuel your physical and entrepreneurial feats" Um, yes, I've been putting this in everything. It has cordyceps, schisandra berry powder, eleuthero root extract, Rhodiola Root Extract, astragalus root extract, ashwagandha root and leaf extract and Asian ginseng root powder. Basically everything in one cute jar.
CHIA SEEDS- If you have read Born To Run, you are already familiar with chia seeds. If not, these bad boys are a good source of omega fatty acids, fiber, protein, and calcium. They also absorb 9-10 their weight in water forming a gel like substance, which helps with hydration.
CINNAMON- Cinnamon is reported to help reduce blood sugar and increase insulin levels. The result is more glycogen storage in the liver and muscles. This article explains in depth why you should be using cinnamon all the time.
- 1/2 cup gluten free oats
- 1/2 - 1 banana depending on size
- 1 teaspoon power dust
- 2 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 cup - 1 cup almond milk (or any other plant based milk)
Put ingredients in a mason jar or tupperware and shake to mix. Put in the refrigerator overnight or for a few hours. Take it out when ready to eat, stir, and enjoy.
Let me know in the comments if you try it out!