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Breakfast of Champions! « Mathieu O'Halloran's Blog


Breakfast of Champions!

Hey all – I have been eating oats as part of my  breakfast for almost 20 years now! I have also seen many top TBB athletes eat it in a variety of forms like such as Muesli, Porridge or Oatmeal. I remember in 2009 when some athletes on the team did a pro Kona camp on Jeju Island where oats were impossible to find so the first athletes there had to get others to act like ‘mules’ and bring some in – ahahaha!

As a Canadian - its almost my prerogative to eat oats as I come from the 2nd largest producing country!

Now, who would argue this nutritional table? Pure oats are in fact are GLUTEN FREE but most mainstream oats are PROCESSED in facilities that also produced wheat, barely and rye thus, end up contaminated...

I suggest people eat Rolled Oats instead of ‘Instant Oats’ as they will give you a more even distribution of energy & give a more progressive distribution of insulin but take a bit longer to cook!

Yes oats by themselves dont taste like much – over the years I have evolve my bowl of oats!

Heres it looks like as of today:

-1 Cup of rolled oats

-Quarter cup of ground Flax Seeds

-2 Table Spoons of Muscovado Sugar

-Half  cup of Fresh Alaska Milk to cool it all off and increase the viscosity

-1 diced Banana

-A couples dashes of ground Cinnamon

Now, this takes about 7-8 min to prepared/cook with hot water and contains a great deal of nutrients to get anybody going in the morning as well to make them ‘regular’ later in the day ;)

Cheap, easy to use and highly potent in nutrition.

I would classify flax seeds as a ‘supper food’ as they have so many health benefits such a lowering cholesterol, lowering blood pressure and reduce internal inflammation! The also contain Omega 3 Fatty Acids which are key in balancing Omega 6 Fatty Acids as they are often OVER eaten in modern diets.

Yes, to many Omega 6 Fatty Acids (various meat/oils/dairy products) can increase susceptibility to various  cancers, diseases, make asthma and arthritis worst…

The key, is to of course, like many things in life, have the right MIX of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids.

Eating flax-seeds and fix on a regular is a sure bet, just make sure they are grounded because if eating them as a whole seed will not be digested as they are so small and they will simply appear whole in the toilet bowl! Lastly, cooking flax seeds to hot or to long will damages its nutritional value…

Last but not least – I enjoy Muscovado sugar on more than a few things as its a great alternative for sweetening as its minimally refined, it maintains many of its dietary vitamins and minerals – make to mistake, its not a ‘heath food’ but rather more beneficial than typical refined sugar!

Its actually very popular here in the Philippines and used in many traditional recipes and is readily available almost anywhere – its dark, rich and moist texture make it a bit tricky to use in cooking as its not very cohesive compared to white sugar…

Anyway, bellow are a few pics of what a typical mid-morning snack looks like for me!

Ready - Set - Go!

Now the 'cooking' phase - doesn't look very appealing does it?

Mixed and ready to eat - look how cohesive this bowl of goodness is!

DONE - ready to start the day!

Anyway, thats it for now – as always, I hope you have learned something from this post =)

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