One of my new year's resolutions is to eat a variety of foods. By the end of last season, my daytime diet deteriorated to Nuttzo nut butter, honey and coconut oil sandwiches for first breakfast, second breakfast and then again before my afternoon workout. As much as I love this sweat and hearty combination, I have a hunch eating the same thing every day isn't going to provide all the right vitamins and nutrients for a healthy diet. So my 2015 plan is to bring some of my Athlete Food favorite recipes back into the rotation and go out on a limb and try some new ones. Paleo granola, anyone?
I won't be parting with my nut butter concoctions altogether. They are triathletes' survival food when it comes to fueling hard workouts. Instead, the focus is on upping my breakfast game. Think: green smoothie bowls, greek yogurt with apples and granola, omelets. I've been documenting this the @athletefood Instagram and today, the 15th day of the year, was the first day I slipped had rice cakes with pbh for breakfast. Blame it on working out all day yesterday (3.5 hour trainer bike ride + 35 minute run) and a 2 year old who didn't want to go to bed until 9:30. But tomorrow I'll be back on track. In the fridge is an big container of Chia Muesli, an Athlete Food classic make-ahead breakfast, with a fresh twist for 2015. --Bec
adapted from our original
Muesli with Lime, Cardamom, and Coconut
Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 6 to 8
2 cups plain low-fat yogurt
1/4 cup chia seeds
2 1/2 cups plain coconut water or aloe water
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
2 tart and crisp apples (such as Honeycrisp or Granny Smith), diced (about 2 cups)
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup dried cranberries, raisins, and/or blueberries
maple syrup or honey
toasted, shredded coconut
Stir together the yogurt, coconut/aloe water, and salt in a big bowl. Add the oats, chia, apples, almonds, and dried fruit. Combine well.
Store the muesli overnight in the refrigerator, either in the mixing bowl or in to-go containers. Top individual servings with maple syrup, honey, coconut, flax seeds, and berries, if you like.