Lifting weights is one of the greatest activities I have integrated into my life. I believe that keeping up with a regular routine has changed my life significantly, since starting two years ago. My diet doesn’t really revolve around it, but I do tend to eat for what’s best with my gym plan. Too be clear, I don’t really know much about nutrition, but I have learned what works well for me. After a really amazing dinner of gumbo and funnel cakes on Tuesday night, I went in to the gym early Wednesday morning and had one of the best lifting sessions ever. I hit some personal records, felt incredibly strong, and had great endurance. While I won’t be eating gumbo and funnel cakes before every session – it did prove to me what a huge difference nutrition, and a bunch of food, can make. And that is basically the extent of my nutrition knowledge.
I go back and forth between what I have for breakfast, but it’s always something with good protein and some carbs that will stick with me throughout the day and provide a good base for the rest of my meals. It’s usually some combination of eggs and egg whites (don’t judge on the whites, you guys!) with kale, two-ingredient pancakes (eggs + banana = heaven), and oatmeal. Ah, yes, the humble oatmeal. What I have for you today is the most perfect version of oatmeal, EVER. It’s creamy, a little sweet, a bit salty, and just wonderful. And for someone who usually has her first meal at 8am, and is starving again by 9am, I can say that this will keep you full for quite a while. I didn’t even eat my entire lunch until 10:45am today, after eating this oatmeal!
Adding salt and an egg white to your oats may seem super weird, but at least try it. I don’t think you will be disappointed. Use whatever fruit you have around, fresh or dry – or don’t use fruit at all. This is just what I’ve found to be heavenly.
- 1 c water
- 1/2 c rolled oats (not instant)
- 1 egg white
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1-2 Tbsp almond-coconut milk
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 c fruit
- Put the oats and water into a small saucepan and heat to boiling on high heat. Turn down to low heat and let simmer for about 8 minutes, or until all of the liquid is absorbed, stirring occasionally. Once fully cooked, add in the egg white. Stir constantly for about 1 minute. You'll see flecks of white throughout, and that is fine. Transfer to a bowl and add in the maple syrup, milk, salt, cinnamon, and fruit.
- Stir around and enjoy warm!