I often joke that the only reason I do triathlon and train as much as I do is so I can eat (& drink) anything I like as often as I like! While there is truth to that statement, I am acutely aware of the analogy of “junk in junk out”.
I occasionally use ‘My Fitness Pal’ to quantify and measure my intake and I have this linked to my Garmin account so it compares this to my output. This gives me a rough guide, am I eating enough or am I eating too much! I am not looking to lose weight or gain weight, just maintain the health state that I am currently at and perhaps not fall asleep at my work desk from poor nutrition.
So with that said I have been experimenting with my post morning training session breakfast. My normal go to breakfast after a training is two eggs on toast, with a sprinkling of Himalayan pink salt. Recently I heard about overnight oats (or cold porridge)! I found a couple of recipes I thought I would like and have been playing with the ingredients to find something that I enjoy. So here’s my favorite at the moment:
- My Overnight Oats
- 1/2 Cup (uncle Toby) rolled oats
- 1/2 Cup rice or oat milk
- 1 Tablespoon of chia seeds
- 1 Tablespoon of peanut butter
- 1 Tablespoon of (locally sourced) honey
- Grated fresh ginger to taste
Mix all ingredients in a jar, seal and refrigerate overnight. I normally eat with a tablespoon of natural Greek yogurt and a little more milk just to get the texture edible (right)!
The joy of this recipe is you can mix just about anything in the jar and leave over night. I’ve tried mango, coconut, almonds, banana, apple all without poisoning or killing myself, so far. What I like & have found, since having this I don’t seems to snack as much through the morning & I seem to have more even energy right through the day! So maybe just maybe there is merit to this low GI food movement 😉
So what else do I eat? Its nothing overly exciting or adventurous, but here’s a brief breakdown:
Lunch is normally a sandwich, chicken & cheese, however if I am particularly lazy I have been known to have peanut butter & jam!
Dinner is always planned at our Sunday family meeting, the regulars include spaggetti on swimming night, wraps (chicken or mince with an array of salads), roast night (beef or chicken, depending what was good / on-sale at the butchers) & homemade pizza night (this is my eldest daughters favorite).
Snacks always coffee always good coffee, water, yogurt (at the moment Chobani has me hooked), fruit (like banana’s and apples mainly), anzac biscuits and generally anything my girls bake!
I recently watched the movie ‘That Sugar Film’ which I will review at a later date, following some time to further research, formulate and develop my knowledge and opinion 😉
So what do you eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner & between training sessions? Are you getting the most out of yourself or being restricted by what you put in? Why not mix up your routine and try something new in your diet!
I might blog other recipes in the future of simple things I do that are yummy and easy (let’s face it if I’m doing it, it’s got to be easy) as I discover them! If you have anything worth sharing please link or comment below!
Till next time build consistency, keep smiling and live to Tri!