This has become my standard breakfast whether at home or on the road. When traveling, I take along a pre-mixed bag of the dry ingredients. When it’s time to eat, I just add water.
The beauty of this basic breakfast mix is that there are numerous variations on the theme. The basic mix provides a good meal in its own right. But you can expand the range of options with fruit and yogurt, or experiment with other ingredients like flaxseed or olive oil. Plus, the meal can be prepared hot (by adding hot water) or cold (in a blender).
The evolution of this recipe began with my love of the VegaOne All-In-One chocolate shake, which I made in the blender. I began experimenting by adding chia seeds, bananas and additional whey protein. Then I made the leap to mixing this with oats and turning it into a hot breakfast. At this point in its evolution, it has become a complete power breakfast with multiple ways to prepare and serve. As described below, the meal can feed one hungry athlete or be shared among two people.
You can add/delete ingredients and modify amounts according to your own tastes and nutritional needs. For example, you can simply use the VegaOne or the whey protein rather than both. You can cut the amount of chia seeds for less fiber, and experiment with other fruits like blueberries and strawberries.
Here are the basic ingredients:
Quaker Old Fashioned Oats (40 grams / about a half cup)
Chia Seeds (56 grams, about a half cup)
True Athlete Natural Whey Protein (unflavored or chocolate) (27-30 grams / 2 scoops)
VegaOne All-In-One Nutritional Shake (chocolate) (46 grams /1 scoop)
Dried Goji Berries (28 grams / almost a half cup)
Yogurt (plain whole milk) (113 grams / half cup)
Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl (along with goji berries, if applicable). Stir in 1 cup to 1.5 cups of hot water. The amount of water you use will depend on how thick you like your cereal.
Add other optional ingredients, such as sliced banana and yogurt.
This preparation creates a thick shake or smoothie. You will need a blender.
With this preparation, there are two options for the chia seeds: dry or soaked. Dry chia seeds will be crunchy whereas soaked chia seeds (my personal preference) provide a more gelatinous consistency to the shake. To pre-soak chia seeds, place the seeds into a water bottle for a few hours until they become gelatinous.
Put basic mix into a blender, including either dry or soaked chia seeds. If using a banana (recommended), add now. Dried goji berries do not work as well with the cold preparation. Blend ingredients to desired consistency, adding water as needed.
If using yogurt, add to the top of the smoothie for a creamy deliciousness.
Nutrition Facts for Basic Mix
Carbohydrates 67 g
Protein 53 g
Fat 29 g
Omega-3s 11 g
Fiber 33 g
Nutrition Facts for Basic Mix + Optional Ingredients
Carbohydrates 123 g
Protein 62 g
Fat 32 g
Omega-3s 11.4 g
Fiber 38 g
*Calories and carbohydrates vary slightly for the unflavored and chocolate versions of the True Athlete Natural Whey Protein. The nutrition facts above represent an average of the two.