Quick and easy, and full of good energy.
Here's a simple spin on the classic pre-run oatmeal. Don't get me wrong, I do love oats...I just also love variety...and buckwheat...
For this breakfast, do a little preparation and soak buckwheat groats over night in water: put one cup of dry buckwheat groats in a sauce pot or bowl with two cups of water.
In the morning, about 30 minutes before your run (or longer depending on your digestive system), scoop out some buckwheat groats, heat them up and add a little flavor.
1/2-1 cup soaked buckwheat groats (depends on how long your run is)
1/2-1 cup water (depends on how much buckwheat you're using; should be equal proportions)
(if desired) splash of coconut oil or butter
(if desired) dash of sea salt
(if desired) dash of cinnamon
Directions: heat all of this up on the stove top for 2-3 minutes.
Pour on top
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup water
Directions: combine these three ingredients in a small bowl, and let sit for 2-3 minutes while the buckwheat warms up. This should form a loosely-gelatinous mixture. If it's too thick or gelantinous, add more water (use at least room-temperature water or warm/hot water).
1/2 apple, grated
1-2 Tbsp cashew butter
Directions: grate the apple (use the whole apple if you like!) and put a couple dollops of cashew butter on top.
*Note: the use of cashew butter and coconut milk are intentional in this recipe. This is a pre-run food, so the ingredients are intended to be easily digested. The fats in cashews and coconut milk are short- and medium-length fats, which mean they cross into your blood stream (from your intestines) quickly, and without much effort. These types of fats are readily used for energy, thus making them a great type of fat to eat shortly before running.
Other fats, as would be found in walnuts, almonds, or olive oil, for example, are longer-chain and do not digest as quickly. Thus, they are not my first choice for fats to eat shortly before a run.