Fuel for Life
Fueling your body is just as important as any other aspect of your mountain routine. Sadly we often overlook the importance of this, leaving your vehicle for fun without the proper support and energy needed. We’ve always heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and if you are going out on the slopes, a hearty breakfast is key. Not only will the calories give you energy but they will aide in keeping you warm. I realize there are many schools of thought on diet and nutrients. It’s important to find what best suits you. Here’s a glimpse into my fuel routine.
As a kid my dad would make a big pot of dry, gummy oatmeal which was the last thing I wanted to enjoy. He would always couple this horrendous recipe with, “Eat your oatmeal it will put hair on your chest.” Granted, English isn’t my Dad’s first language…but come on! Fortunately, the fear of a hairy chest hasn’t permanently scarred me from enjoying oatmeal. These days, I enjoy a few variations on my oatmeal.
You prepare this and leave it overnight in your fridge. The beauty is that they taste better and better with a few days time.
1/3 cup traditional yogurt or greek yogurt (preferably plain)
1/2 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup coconut milk from can or almond milk (preferably unsweetened)
1 Tablespoon flax seeds or chia seeds
1/2 Teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
0-2 teaspoons of honey or maple syprup.
Feel free to add any fruits and nuts as well
Mix all together and leave overnight in the fridge.
*Recipe courtesy of Wholefully
Almond Butter Toast:
If I haven’t prepped any oats, I often will make some wholegrain toast with almond butter, bananas and honey. The protein of the almond butter gives longer lasting fuel, the carbs from the bread gives more immediate energy and the bananas provide potassium which is great for your muscles.
You’ve probably been asked the question, “If you would trapped on a desert island and could only have one food, what would it be?” Mine is simple. Avocado. I LOVE avocados. Amazingly, they contain almost every nutritional aspect we need to support a healthy life. So, it’s a no-brainer for me to smash some on some wholegrain toast, along with a squirt of lemon juice and salt. Delicious. Again, the fats from the avocado allow for longer burning energy which is always helpful on those cold days.
Hoping this gives you some added boost to enjoy the slopes.