The Mighty Oatmeal: Breakfast of (Hiking) Champions!

We all know it: breakfast is crucial. All the more so if you plan on hiking for many hours, probably carrying some extra weight on your back. Your body needs fuel and it can’t be just any kind of fuel. You need high-quality food that provides long-lasting energy, proteins, and healthy fats. 

Breakfast of (Hiking) Champions: the best oatmeal to give you energy and strength to conquer the world! awomanafoot.comGotta have the power to carry that huge backpack and hike all those things in the back!

My Spanish adventure is drawing closer – it’s just two weeks! As I’m preparing now for hiking in Catalonia, and all my gear and clothes are basically ready, I’m thinking a lot about food. I need to be well prepared, especially that as a gluten-free hiker, my options are always limited and the trail I chose leads through some remote areas with no access to stores. All this means it’s time for me to prepare my most important food staple:

The Queen of them All: Oatmeal

It’s just the easiest, really. It’s full of healthy, complex carbs, protein and fats. Also, what is especially important for people with IG issues – it’s cooked so it’s easier to digest. In cool weather, it’s also a nice idea to have something warm to start the day. I absolutely love oatmeal, but I make my own mixture. Just pouring hot water into oats would not make it for me! I like my food healthy and hearty – but also tasty 🙂

The best oatmeal to give you energy and strength to conquer the world! awomanafoot.comWhat is in my breakfast pot? Why oatmeal of course! 😀

The Humble Power Horse: Oats

Oat grain is one of the best options out there. It’s naturally gluten-free (Although you need a certified bag – like this or this– if you are coeliac or allergic as it’s quite often contaminated with gluten) and it’s a rich source of important vitamins (like B1, B5, and folate), minerals (like manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc), fiber and antioxidants. It’s one of the most nutrient-dense foods, providing 15g of protein (in a cup). It has a low glycemic index and provides long-lasting energy from the complex carbohydrates. 

The best oatmeal to give you energy and strength to conquer the world! awomanafoot.comThe true hero: OATS

Many studies suggest that regular consumption of oats can help with lowering blood sugar and general cardiac health. It is appetite-suppressor because it increases the production of a hunger-fighting hormone, Cholecystokinin.

So, did I convince you, yet?

No?

Well, what if I tell you that the way I make it, it tastes more like a dessert than the plain old grey mass of oats?

The best oatmeal to give you energy and strength to conquer the world! awomanafoot.comSo much more than just oats!

My hiking oatmeal is much richer than the regular daily I have. Why? Because I don’t have to care about the sugars in my dry fruits or calories in seeds. During hikes, I need those calories and sugar! I can eat this delicious breakfast knowing I’m doing only good to my hiking machine, aka body. 

So, What’s In My Oatmeal?

It’s pretty simple:

Gluten-free grains

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As I am gluten-free my options are limited but still, I could include a few different grains in addition to the main oats. If you tolerate gluten you may add other whole-grains as they are all awesome. Best of course in the form of flakes as we will only pour boiling water on them, there is no time for cooking. 

My choice of grains:

The best oatmeal to give you energy and strength to conquer the world! awomanafoot.comOats. Duh.

The best oatmeal to give you energy and strength to conquer the world! awomanafoot.comRice flakes.

To be honest, it’s a filler for me. Gluten free oats are expensive, rice flakes (check out this kind or this) on the other side really cheap. I use them also to add to my instant soup when hiking to thicken it.

The best oatmeal to give you energy and strength to conquer the world! awomanafoot.comMillet flakes.

Another healthy yet humble grain. Naturally gluten-free (but again, need a certification) but rich in nutrients (check this brand out or this). It’s quite popular in the Polish cuisine although for years considered the poor people diet it came back recently with huge popularity. There are websites and blogs dedicated to recipes of millet-based dishes. 

Seeds

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Again – you can use whatever you like and is available to you. Seeds are dense in healthy fats and calories, providing long-lasting energy. In my oatmeal you can find:

The best oatmeal to give you energy and strength to conquer the world! awomanafoot.comPumpkin seeds.

The best oatmeal to give you energy and strength to conquer the world! awomanafoot.comSunflower seeds.

The best oatmeal to give you energy and strength to conquer the world! awomanafoot.comSesame.

The best oatmeal to give you energy and strength to conquer the world! awomanafoot.comChia 

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Dried fruits

And again: whatever you like. They provide fast sugar but also additional vitamins and minerals. I use cranberries because I like them 🙂 Use apricots, raisins, dried apples or bananas… whatever!

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Dehydrated high-fat milk

The best oatmeal to give you energy and strength to conquer the world! awomanafoot.com

Now this one is crucial (in my version of oatmeal). Not only that dried/dehydrated milk powder provides this nice creamy flavor, but it adds fat and protein. It adds substance to the oatmeal. It’s pretty easy to buy in Poland – every store has it, but I know it’s not as popular as in other countries. You can try online – I found this Organic Whole Milk Powder and this Hoosier Hill kind. Try “ethnic” stores in your city – you might be lucky. Of course, unless you are lactose-intolerant, which sucks.

some sugar and sometimes cocoa 🙂 

Sorry for not providing a photograph 😉 But you know what sugar looks like, right?

This one is a matter of taste. I like to add just a tiny bit of sugar. And once I had hot cocoa pockets and dropped it in my oatmeal (because I run out of sugar) and it was a revelation! So good! 😀 So now I like to add some once in a while. 

You can add other spices – like nutmeg or cinnamon in our oatmeal to make it even better. You could also add some nuts – I’m allergic to many of them, so leave them out. But nuts are really healthy and an amazing source of good fats, so if you can – go for it!

How many calories is in one oatmeal portion?

Erhm… Enough, I hope.

The best oatmeal to give you energy and strength to conquer the world! awomanafoot.comMight not look like much in this form… but just add hot water. YUM! And you start singing “I’ve got the power!” Seriously.

 

So, what is in your oatmeal? Will you try my mixture? Let me know!

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