Have you ever thought about what an IRONMAN World Champion eats? Well, our favorite Champion is Patrick Lange, who happens to be a vegetarian, and he swears by a healthy oatmeal recipe in the morning!
Yeah, we know, many people think you have to eat meat, when you are a professional athlete – but athletes around the world prove this opinion wrong. You can get all your nutrients from veggies and grains – and an excellent level of strength and fitness!
Vegan oatmeal – morning fuel for your body
An IRONMAN event is a swim of 2.4 miles (3.86 km), followed by a cycle of 112 miles (180.25 km) and finished with a marathon of 26.2 miles (42.2 km). There are several around the world every year.
As an IRONMAN Champion, not only do you have to run, cycle, and swim these incredible distances, you have to do it faster than everyone else. And Patrick Lange was the fastest athlete (new course record) for two years in a row (2017 and 2018).
This vegan oatmeal will give you energy and boost your performance! But don’t get me wrong – it’s also perfectly acceptable to eat it when you are having a lazy day on the couch.
It’s tasty, filling and the health benefits are just amazing. And obviously it brings proper results, when combined with the right training.
Rolled oats – the perfect vegan breakfast base
Oats are one of the most versatile foods. You can make bread, cookies, pancakes and, of course, oatmeal with them (try our oatmeal banana cookies, our delicious blueberry cheesecake overnight oats or our compilation of delicious overnight oatmeal recipes).
But their biggest perk is the amazing nutrient-density of oats – they are rich in carbohydrates and fiber AND they provide more protein than any other grain. They are also an excellent source of vitamins and minerals like folate, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, and zinc.
Oats contain a soluble fiber called beta-glucan that forms a thick, creamy solution when mixed with water. This mixture provides many benefits such as weight control, increased levels of good gut bacteria, improved blood glucose levels, and more.
This recipe is not really low in calories, so you´ll probably ask how to eat this vegan oatmeal recipe for weight loss? Since this easy oatmeal will give you enough energy in the morning, you won’t have the need to snack until lunch – so you´ll save yourself many unnecessary calories.
All the above makes oatmeal breakfast recipes the perfect addition to any weight loss plan – so of course, we also included them in our weight loss plans! In fact, studies have shown that oats may prevent obesity and abdominal fat distribution.
Now let’s give it some crunch and sweetness
As great as oatmeal is – it is “just” the base. The fun part comes when adding the additional ingredients and toppings.
Almonds and sunflower seeds add good quality fats that help in delaying gastric emptying and slow down your carbohydrate absorption. They also add the necessary crunch to this healthy oatmeal recipe.
The coconut flakes, dried apricots, and cinnamon add a bit of sweetness and contribute with their own nutritional values. Cinnamon, for example, is a very delicious spice and cinnamon has been prized for its medicinal properties for thousands of years.
To wheatgrass or not to wheatgrass?
An optional addition to this recipe is the wheatgrass. Optional because it is quite specific and could be expensive.
The newly sprouted leaves of the common wheat plant (Triticum aestivum) are called wheatgrass. It has gained more and more popularity in recent years, because of its low calorie count, but high nutrient levels of wheatgrass.
Wheatgrass powder provides antioxidant properties and many crucial vitamins and minerals such as vitamin K, iron, and calcium. But even without wheatgrass, this is an incredibly nutritious breakfast – so skip it if it isn’t your thing.
The best thing about this easy oatmeal recipe is that it is soooo simple – you just mix everything together and you´re done! So try this vegan oatmeal breakfast and know that you´re eating a damn healthy meal that might just be your first step on the road to athletic victory.
Vegan IRONMAN Oatmeal
- Chop the almonds and slice the apricots. Add them in with all the other ingredients – the oats, coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, wheatgrass powder, cinnamon, almond milk and maple syrup.½ cup rolled oats, 1 tbsp apricots, dried, 1 tbsp coconut flakes, 1 tbsp sunflower seeds, 2 tbsp almonds, ½ tsp cinnamon, 1 cup almond milk, 1 tsp wheatgrass powder, 1 tsp maple syrup
- Mix everything together well, and serve. That’s it!