Oatmeal isn’t a new breakfast option for me but for a couple of reasons I’ve become a huge fan of it this year.
One of my dearest friends introduced me to Trader Joe’s Steel Cut Oatmeal which takes 3.5 minutes to heat up in the microwave. I usually add a couple of tablespoons of almond butter and a fruit (e.g blueberries, strawberries or a banana). It’s such a healthy and satisfying breakfast. And for me it’s become comfort food. You see my friend who introduced it to me did so by making it for her daughters. When I stayed with them for a couple of weeks last spring I spent my mornings visiting with the girls as they ate their oatmeal and continued getting ready for school. I really enjoyed starting off my mornings this way. So now when I eat oatmeal, especially this particular brand, I think of them and their parents, which provides a great deal of comfort.
Then during the summer I came across Three Sisters Cereal Oatmeal. It’s pretty good as well. The fact that I can travel with it won me over big time. Before this year, my race morning breakfast usually consisted of a bagel, peanut butter, coffee and an Ensure. When I travel for a race, it’s a challenge obtaining these items for breakfast. When I have to stay overnight often times finding a bagel for breakfast is challenging. Even if I don’t have to stay overnight and can drive to the race site in the morning, I have to pick up a bagel the day before. The bagel is pretty hard and dry by the time I need to eat it. So, before this summer my pre-race breakfast consisted of at least one new/different item every time. It’s never a good idea to change things up on race day or even the day before. But many times I’ve had to do this. That is until I discovered Three Sisters. The oatmeal comes in individual serving packets. The packaging can be used to measure the water which is all one needs to add to make it. These days most hotels place a mini-coffee pot in each room so I use it to heat up my water and bingo! I’ve got my oatmeal. I’ll bring my banana with me or pick one up at a nearby store. They’re pretty easy to find – even Starbucks sells them! I’ve also discovered Justin’s Almond Butter packets. These packets are super easy to travel with. The Ensure is relatively easy to take on trips and if not, most drug stores carry them.
I love how oatmeal is part of my diet. On race day it’s great because it’s a reliable pre-race food and super easy to consume. On other days I’m comforted as I eat my breakfast.
What food gives you comfort? What is your pre-race breakfast?