We all know the saying, “You are what you eat.” There is even a commercial about the concept: Kids are playing soccer, and the child in a French fry costume is sluggishly chasing the ball while the one in a carrot costume is scoring goals. Though I am a total sucker for a big, greasy spoon breakfast like a lot of us, there is truth to the concept of eating well to feel well, and after eating such a feast, napping sounds more appealing than a day of skiing.
So how can we get some nutrition for our active bodies and fuel for a long day on the slopes while still saving on time out the door? Try the recipe below, and save the ooey-gooeyness and grease for your après activity. I promise you won’t look back, or at least not literally; I can’t promise you won’t be waiting at the bottom of the lift for your lesser-fueled friends.
Recipe: Overnight Muesli
Summary: Already in a lidded jar, this makes a perfect on-the-run breakfast and will keep you moving for the rest of the morning.
- 2/3 cup whole, rolled oats (not quick cooking)
- 1 cup milk of your choice (almond milk works particularly well here)
- ½ teaspoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- ¼ cup fresh or frozen berries of your choice (letting them sit in the muesli overnight lets their juices seep out really nicely)
- Tiny dash of salt and cinnamon
- Add ins:
- Walnuts, pecans, slivered almonds…go nuts.
- Other fresh fruit such as chopped apples or slices of bananas
- 1 tablespoon of maple syrup or raw honey
- Shaved coconut
- Dried fruit such as cranberries or raisins
- Hemp or flax Seeds
- Jam or preserves
- Number of servings (yield): 1
- Combine all ingredients in a wide mouth jar (I use pint-size canning jars or old jam jars), screw the lid closed and place in refrigerator overnight.
- In the morning, take the jar out of the fridge and let stand a few minutes.
- Add a little more milk to loosen the mixture (it will resemble pudding at this point).
- Add any of the extra items listed above.
Number of servings (yield): 1