Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Bicycle Commuting in Winter: Fuel Up!


Breakfast to get you there and back

For the winter commute, and by "winter" I mean when the temperature drops below 50F in Phoenix, I like a hot breakfast. My current favorite is my version of "super oats": Coach's Oats with mixed unsalted nuts and dried fruit, sometimes a spoon of peanut butter or Nutella, and a splash of milk or vanilla soy milk. Coach's Oats are a great find, as they are very similar to steel cut or Irish oats, except they cook in microwave in 2.5 minutes. This is fuel for my commute. What's yours?

 

11 comments:

  1. I have to take some medicine every morning that has to sit on an empty stomach for an hour before I eat, so I end up eating at work everyday. I usually eat plain yogurt with some sweetener. But oatmeal is nice this time of year. I've had good luck making a big batch of steel cut oats on the weekend, and then reheating every day through the week.

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  2. I bicycle to work and then get offered a nice free breakfast by my doting and solicitous employer. I always choose the vegan steel cut oats and I add flax seed, walnuts, dried apricots and some honey.

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  3. Before I retired I would always have a cup of coffee and a large bowl of porridge with a sliced banana in it before setting off on my cycling commute...

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  4. Nuts and a slice or two of lunch meat.

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  5. john my commute this morning was minus ten celsius - there's a long way to go before it gets "cold". the coldest commute i did was thirty below celsius. the gears froze and wouldn't change. i coudn't feel my feet, my fingers, my face. my lips didn't work that well for a little while but it's a great story!!! fuel - coffee, bagels or crumpets, and a dr. pepper on arrival!!! ha! steven

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  6. You know when I look at your bowl of oats, it looks really good, but I've never been a fan of cooked oats or oatmeal, or anything of that consistency. I stick with egg and ham on a tortilla shell with yogurt and milk as my daily commute fuel.

    I also find that my stomach seems to rebel if I eat before working out and riding in the morning, so I take mine to work and eat it as I settle in.

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  7. springfieldcyclist.com and Steve A, I like a full protein caveman Paleo diet breakfast as much as the next carnivore, but in terms of ease of preparation as well as heartwarming goodness, super-oats are hard for me to beat. I was eating cold leftover chicken breasts and fresh fruit for a long time, this is better, IMHO.

    chafed, are there any openings at your employer?

    steven, I think if I were commuting in that cold a temperature, I would be eating...well, know, commuting would imply that I lived somewhere like that, and I've decided not to do that again. If it's cold enough to freeze gears, it's too cold for me.

    Trevor, porridge, hmmm. Like the 3 Bears ate? I'll have to g00gl3 that.

    cycler, my sister once prepared a breakfast fit for a king from homemade kefir, granola, and fresh blueberries. I would have that every morning and be happy.

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  8. whoa, "know" instead of "no", that's a crazy typo. I don't no. Know reason to change it. I no I need more coffee, however.

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  9. 2 or 3 bananas, almonds, 1/2 bar of dark chocolate, a bowl of cereals with soy milk and a spoon of sesame seeds. That's when it gets really cold here in the mountains.

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  10. seb I tried to alter my formula this morning to make a smaller bowl. I looked away long enough to read your comment, then it all ended in tears: oatmeal volcano, microwave all gooped up. So now trying a half shredded wheat, half oatmeal combo with what's left.

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