Oat Bran with Cherries and Almonds

May 30, 2014, 3:25 p.m. (ET)
oat branKick-start your day with a healthy pre-workout breakfast or post-workout recovery snack. "Racing Weight Cookbook" classifies this oat bran recipe as Level 1, meaning it's easy to prepare, even for athletes who don't cook. Oat bran has about 50 percent higher fiber than whole rolled oats, along with more protein, calcium and iron.

Servings: 2
Prep time: 15 minutes

Ingredients
3 cups water
1 1/2 cups oat bran
Pinch of salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons sugar
2 cups fresh or frozen cherries
2 tablespoons (1/2 ounce) almonds, slivered
Milk (optional)

Directions
In a saucepan, bring water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add oat bran and cook uncovered until the mixture begins to thicken, 5-10 minutes. Stir periodically to keep oat bran from sticking to the pan.

While oat bran is cooking, cut each cherry in half and remove pit with a paring knife.

Season oat bran with salt, vanilla and sugar, and stir to blend. Remove from heat and divide between two bowls. Top with cherries and almonds and a splash of your favorite milk, if desired.

Per serving: 422 calories, 10 grams fat, 74 grams total carbohydrate, 13 grams dietary fiber, 15 grams protein

TIP

Save time by combining water, oat bran, salt, vanilla and sugar in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 90 seconds, stir, and microwave for an additional 90 seconds. Let rest a few minutes before topping and serving.

DQS COUNT (per serving): Fruits 1, whole grains 1, nuts and seeds 1

Republished with permission of VeloPress from “Racing Weight Cookbook.” Try more recipes at racingweightcookbook.com.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and not necessarily the practices of USA Triathlon. Before starting any new diet or exercise program, you should check with your physician and/or coach.