All nutritional websites are singing the praises of oats. When I started to study the ingredients and benefits of oats,I got bored in about 30 seconds. I was only interested in the essence, and as such, I was much more inspired to read about horses. So finally, I got the explanation, and as I am a girl from the countryside, I knew that horses eat a lot of oats. I also knew, that horses are fast and muscular. It all kind of connected. So, no wonders, I found the essence.
Oats are the food of horses. And it is not a coincidence.
Horses have a small stomach, they can’t each much at once, so they kind of eat small portions but continuously. Oats have a high content of fibers, they are easily digestible, the sugar content gets into the bloodstream fast, and the horse gets energy within a short period of time. Because of the continuous starch release, this state becomes longer lasting. So if you were to change horses to runners, the same would apply.
Simple. It gives energy in the long-run (pun intended) without having to eat much. For me that’s the key.
It’s the best food for breakfast. I never get tired of it. I eat natural oats (I like long-grain most) with kefir, or yoghurt. It takes a minute to digest. I only need to mix it. The yoghurt makes it soft just enough for it not to be hay like, but it remains still crunchy under the bite. For those creative souls, you can mix it with dry or fresh fruits, seeds, flaxseed or chia seed. I have a big portion with my kids when I wake up at around 6am, and my stomach doesn’t beg for attention for another 5-6 hours. If I am preparing for a long competition, I eat it the night before too. It takes longer to cook than semolina, but it’s worth it. Great both hot and cold. If you are a fan of porridge, choose the small grain or flake version.
As a runner, I value it mostly because it is high in carbohydrates, and penetrates the bloodstream fast, and absorbs slowly. It also contains a lot of super healthy things like B1 and E vitamins, iron, calium, and magnesium. It is also high in antioxidants, which is great for the heart and veins. Also, you can prepare it in advance, and carry it with you for your competition. It’s easy.
So to conclude on oats: they are the food of horses and runners.