My usual routine: 1/2 c. oats, frozen berries, and as much peanut butter as I can reasonably mix in. Takes < 2 minutes to prepare, fills me up and makes my tummy happy. Boom! Hard to argue with that logic, right? But lately I have been changing it up a bit trying to boost both the calories and nutrient density to get even more bang for my buck without compromising the taste I love dearly. Enter blueberries and walnuts. While I LOVE my peanut butter, I know I need to vary my nut sources. I also happen to know that chia seeds and walnuts are excellent sources of heart healthy (happy) omega-3 fatty acids, which also help in fighting all the wonderful inflammation I'm generating through exercise. Hello omega-3's! Let's be friends...thanks. Blueberries = antioxidants = 'nuff said. And right now they're even on sale at the grocery store #winning!
So why this oatmeal? Because it packs a powerful punch of carbohydrate, protein and heart healthy fats and fiber.... and right now I'll take all the help I can get in supporting my training while keeping my body (heart!) healthy in the long-term.
This recipe is rich in healthy fats, fiber and protein for a stick-to-your-ribs filling breakfast that will aid in keeping energy high throughout the morning hours. Don't let the fat content alarm you! The fat is sourced from the chia seeds and walnuts, both with are a high-quality source of anti-inflammatory and heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
Nutrition Facts (Per 1 serving): 468 kcal, 27 g fat (2 g saturated fat, 14 g polyunsaturated fat), 49 g carb, 14 g fiber, 15 g protein
Kristen Chang is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) and endurance athlete residing in southwest Virginia alongside her husband and dog. Through this blog she aims to share favorite fueling recipes, general wellness and sport nutrition tips and stories from her athletic endeavors.
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