Whatever type of riding you've got planned kicking things off with a good breakfast will make you feel like you're winning at life.
Oats are one of our favourite breakfast ingredients to power us through the day.
A low cost option that you can pimp with other ingredients to change up your recipe and keep it interesting. Porridge is great but we find it can be difficult to really nail. The key steps we've found to ensure a good consistency is to measure the ingredients, add a pinch of salt and cook it slowly.
We love the ritual of overnight oats, it's like mixing yourself a drink (kind of!). Taking time out to prep the night before and select the different toppings is a moment of mindfulness in its own right. We've researched lots of recipes and found the below portions to produce the best results.
Prep the night before
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
50g rolled porridge oats
100ml water, milk or plant based milk
Pinch of salt
Put all of the ingredients into a container and mix, cover and pop in the fridge. We found a low depth container (we reuse takeaway containers) to be best to enable the oats to evenly soak in the liquid.
In the morning
2 tbsp yoghurt. Natural and greek work well but feel free to experiment.
Drizzle of honey or maple syrup
1/2 tbsp pure nut butter (almond or peanut work well)
Add a little more liquid if needed to loosen the mixture and then add the above ingredients and give it a good mix.
This is the fun bit, in season it is delicious with chopped strawberries but you can add any mixed berries which work really well in cutting across the grainy oats mixture. This is where you can really experiment and clear out whatever you've got in your cupboard! Other ideas include banana, apple, nuts, chocolate chips and seeds.
Pushed for time?
You can get away with adding all of the ingredients the night before, we find it doesn't create quite the same consistency but it will still taste pretty good. Just make sure if you're adding banana or apple that you've coated them or soaked in lemon juice to avoid them browning.