A meal that I frequently enjoy preceding a heavy training session (and every session is a heavy session when you're James Valaitis) is a bowl of oatmeal. Oatmeal somehow has a reputation for being boring and I think it's because a load of nerds decided it was a health food and pretended that they're sucky excuses for oatmeal were super awesome healthy fun times.
I'm here to give you an example of a flavour of oatmeal which I look forward to eating and will often chose as 'treat food' over a lot of other stuff.
- 60g Steel Cut Oats - I use Quaker
- 120ml Milk - Whatever milk you prefer
- 270ml Water - Arguably the most difficult ingredient to find
- 35g Chocolate Whey Protein - Dymatize Elite all the way
- 15g Hot Chocolate Powder - Options for me
- 5g Sweetener - I make my own like a cool person
- 40g Smooth Peanut Butter - No time for crunchy
Once you've got that, we get started. Important note up top you guys - start the oatmeal the day before you want to eat it. It just works better that way. You don't have to, but if you can, do it.
- To a reasonably sized bowl add the milk and water.
- Throw in the oats and stir.
- Microwave for 210 seconds (800W).
- Leave the oatmeal to cool for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to help the process.
- Microwave for another 90 seconds.
- Once the oatmeal has cooled enough to put into the fridge (about 30 minutes), do so, and leave overnight. By the way guys, if it's not rather thick at this point, you done messed up.
The Big Day:
- Remove the oatmeal from the fridge. It's time.
- Microwave for 240 seconds and start adding the following ingredients whilst it's hot:
- Whey Protein
- Hot Chocolate Powder
- Mix them in as you add them. Depending on the size of your bowl you probably have to add the powders in spoonfuls and stir thoroughly (but carefully).
- Once the oatmeal is all chocolatey (and it should be pretty thick) we add the peanut butter. Drop all of it right in there and stir it as it melts in - beautiful.
- Once it's all evenly mixed, whack it back into the microwave and blast it for another 60 seconds.
- Leave it in there for about 5 minutes to cool down, and then remove it and get started with the best part (I'm talking about eating it).