You guys know I love oatmeal. I love it especially for breakfast, but I’ve also eaten it for lunch, dinner, and dessert.
And, today, I enjoyed some oatmeal as a….
A pre-work-out snack that is.
After a pretty awesome day of eats, I wanted a really good afternoon snack.
What to look for in a pre-workout snack: I always try to fuel up for a workout by eating a little extra food to give me energy and make up for some of my soon-to-be-burned calories. I look for carbs with a little protein. I shoot for between 100-250 calories for my exercise fuel, depending on what else I ate that day. If I already had a snack earlier in the day or a large breakfast/lunch, I stay to the lower end and visa versa.
When to eat a pre-workout snack: I try to eat my snack about an hour to an hour and a half before my work out.
I usually go for a meal bar, but mostly because they’re convenient and I can keep them at my desk at work.
Today, since I was WFH, I decided to make…OATMEAL! Oatmeal is great for breakfast but also makes for a great pre-workut snack.
I went for AB+J (almond butter and jelly) Oatmeal. I think I would have been better off using dried fruit as my sweetener instead of jelly. I don’t think (though I’m not exactly sure) that jelly gives you energy (maybe a sugar high if anything?) but dried fruit gives you a good energy boost from what I understand. Today, I was more worried about getting some good carbs for energy.
To the pot:
- 1/4 cup organic skim milk
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 tsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp flaxseeds
- (no sweetener)
Cooked stove top till thickened.
- Barney Butter (about or just under 1 tbsp)
- Earthfare Organic pomegranate jelly (about 1 tbsp – this was my sweetener)
- Chopped raw almonds (about 2 – I mean, I already had plenty in the Barney Butter!)
1 amazing hour of dance fitness…I love starting my weekend out with a good exercise!
We worked on more of my choreography tonight: Meet Me Halfway (as a warm up song). We just need to polish that one off and finish Bad Romance. Oh yea! I love choreographing songs. Perhaps I should have been a figure skating instructor or something?
Check out my friend Megan rocking out a song at class tonight. Get it Megan!
Reader question: Have you eaten oatmeal any time other than breakfast?