Cinnamon Chia Overnight Oats (Race Day Fuel)
This past weekend I completed my second half marathon, the Nike Women’s Half in Washington D.C.! I had a fantastic weekend catching up with my old friend Krissi, who convinced me to do this race with her, culminating in the epic race around our nation’s capitol through various monuments and along the beautiful Potomoc. (By the way, Krissi is a much more serious runner than me and has an awesome running blog called the RUNetarian!) If you’ve never raced before, let me tell you how exhilerating it truly is. The sense of comraderie and achievement among the 15,000 runners in this race was so inspiring, and it really shows how much of a mental game running is when you achieve something better than your highest expectations. Despite a busy week of work travel leading up to the race, I actually felt pretty good about how I did…but hope to shave down my time even further with the next one!
A huge decision runners must make is what to eat on race day. You want something that will give you energy but not make you crash and burn later. You also need to think hard about the quantity, because you don’t want to be too full while you run, but you also want to eat enough to sustain your body for a couple of hours. My perfect raceday food: Overnight Oats. Oatmeal gives you tons of nutrients and good whole grains, filling you up and giving you the fuel you need. The really awesome thing about overnight oats is that it’s raw, so it’s super easy to make in a hotel room the night before a race if you’re travelling! Krissi and I stopped at Whole Foods the day before our race and picked up the essentials: organic rolled oats and almond milk to make in our hotel room and store in the minifridge overnight. This was the simplified version; when I’m a home, I like to be a little fancier and add cinnamon, a hint of agave or maple syrup, chia seeds, peanut butter, fresh fruit etc. The recipe below is perhaps my favorite overnight oats combo, but feel free to experiment yourself!
Cinnamon Chia Overnight Oats
1/2 Cup Rolled Oats
1/2 Cup Milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
1 Tsp Chia Seeds
1 Tsp Grade B Maple Syrup
1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
Pour oats into a jar, and mix in cinnamon and chia seeds. Add milk, and stir in maple syrup. Cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, top with fresh fruit and enjoy!