Cereal & Oatmeal

Growing up, we would have oatmeal for breakfast and cereal for after dinner dessert (instead of, say, ice cream). In high school I would come home and demolish at least 4 bowls of cereal. I've also always gravitated towards granola and whole wheat types of cereal.

Cereal and oatmeal still play a major role in my diet. And I have a real addiction to granola - I just can't get enough of the stuff (to a fault - I have to avoid keeping it in the house). Obviously some cereals and granola are FULL of sugar, but many of them are quite healthy:

PROTEIN

Especially when eaten with fat free milk, granola and oatmeal are great sources of protein.

CARBOHYDRATES

Oatmeal (the main component of granola too!) has a "high content of complex carbohydrates and water-soluble fibre that encourages slow digestion and stabilizes blood-glucose levels." (Wikipedia). While I wouldn't suggest eating a bowl of oatmeal an hour before a race, I believe a bowl of oatmeal 3-4 hours before will give you very stable, active energy (vs. nervous sugar energy).

I know that traditionally pasta and rice are the go-to's for bike racers, but try mixing in a little healthy cereal, oatmeal or granola and see how that does for you!

UGH this is the BEST STUFF.

UGH this is the BEST STUFF.