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I maintain a relatively low caloric intake, this helps me stay lean when my workouts become sporatic. As I start to ramp up my warm months aerobic activity I find myself low on fuel. I'm thinking of adding in oats for breakfast. I dont mean the instant oatmeal with the shitload of sugar.

I'm looking for suggestions here. I want the long lasting fuel of oats, as much nutrition from unprocessed products as possible, but also ease of preparation is high on my want list. Suggestions on products and why?

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Quaker Oats (non-instant/non-quick oats) with Wheat Germ are on my daily breakfast card.

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Oats are oats. Steel-cut, rolled, whatever - as long as OATS are the main ingredient. I like the store brand, generic "old fashioned" oats (not the instant stuff).

Adding things like wheat germ or dried fruit can't hurt.

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I know you said you're not crazy about the instant stuff, but I'm absolutely in love with the Quaker Weight Control instant oatmeal. It's lower in sugar, has added protein and this product is higher in fiber than their other instant oatmeals. One pack really fills you up too, and keeps you full longer (like the product is designed to do). I love it!
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Quaker is about the worst-tasting stuff you can find. +1 on Whole Foods. Try several different brands there, some of them are not bad. IIRC, Mother Nature is good, but I'm not sure.

There's also a non-obvious and probably hard to do way (depending on where you live). Find a European/Russian store selling Russian food. I found that some brands of Russian and Polish oatmeal there usually taste 10x better than the stuff you can find in Jewel/Dominics.

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I maintain a relatively low caloric intake, this helps me stay lean when my workouts become sporatic. As I start to ramp up my warm months aerobic activity I find myself low on fuel. I'm thinking of adding in oats for breakfast. I dont mean the instant oatmeal with the shitload of sugar.

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What is low caloric for you? I'm just curious ~how much you're intaking... what kinda foods and what your carb/protein ratio is?

Im trying to #1 lose weight #2 build/maintain muscle. Just comparing my diets to others.

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I heard Bob's Red Mill is good stuff. Just trying to figure out which product is best for me. I want easy prep with maximum nutrition. I dont care about added flavors, I like it plain. At most I'd add some raisins or pecans.

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Yea oats are pretty much oats. Avoiding the sugar is nice in the store brands. Find an organic health food store with some bulk dry foods. The one I worked at used to order a lot of stuff in bulk and then bag it right in the store. That's really your best bet. If you can't find any small health food stores in your area that bag them ( I suggest them because the price is usually very cheap ), then you may wanna try places like Whole Foods.
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What is low caloric for you? I'm just curious ~how much you're intaking... what kinda foods and what your carb/protein ratio is?

Im trying to #1 lose weight #2 build/maintain muscle. Just comparing my diets to others.
Monday - Friday I'm probably 1800, max. Weekends I don't keep track at all. But when I burn 1000 calories during a workout we have a problem houston.

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Oh yea and it's of course going to boil down to personal preference in taste. One brand might have 2 or 3 grams more in protein added, but if it tastes like crap then you won't eat it...so pick a few that have little or no additives and then decide from there.
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Monday - Friday I'm probably 1800, max. Weekends I don't keep track at all. But when I burn 1000 calories during a workout we have a problem houston.
Watering the lawn doesnt burn 1000 calories.

I prefer 3-4oz of the Old Fashioned Quaker Oats for my morning ritual. I make it in a coffee cup with hot water. Cover it and let it sit for 5 mins. Adds some sliced almonds or raisins for flavor.
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Blend them in a protein shake and chug. Quick, fast and easy.
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Blend them in a protein shake and chug. Quick, fast and easy.
this is a possibility I suppose. you just use the instant oats for this I suppose? I'd think anything else would be too chewie?


Speaking of protein shakes and blending, if you dont already have a blender bottle I highly recommend it. I've used shaker bottles in the past and they usually suck ass and I end up breaking out the real blender for the best results. I must say the blender bottle has changed that, best invention ever.

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You may also want to consider taking a weight gain formula. Not to gain weight but because it can help provide some simple and complex carbs for more sustained energy. I rarely suggest using supplements...the only people I do are generally those that have some discipline in their workouts and diet which is like 1 out of 10. So for you, adding something in the times of need might not be a bad idea along the lines of MetRX or something similar.
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Do oats really provide more fuel then other breakfast items? I usually just have a bowl of cereal in the morning.

I could use more energy, especially right around the time I go to the gym. Usually around 6 pm when I get off of work. I find myself lacking sometimes. I eat every 3 hours but right before my workout I get hungry and sometimes don't have the energy to maintain my regular workout routine. Do any of you eat right before a big cardio/lifting session?

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this is a possibility I suppose. you just use the instant oats for this I suppose? I'd think anything else would be too chewie?
Actually I use the whole oats. The instant/rolled oats break down faster. You'll get a longer release of energy with the whole oats.
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Do oats really provide more fuel then other breakfast items? I usually just have a bowl of cereal in the morning.

I could use more energy, especially right around the time I go to the gym. Usually around 6 pm when I get off of work. I find myself lacking sometimes. I eat every 3 hours but right before my workout I get hungry and sometimes don't have the energy to maintain my regular workout routine. Do any of you eat right before a big cardio/lifting session?
Well not necessarily more, but how it's used. Simple carbs vs complex carbs allow your body to burn the fuel off quickly or over time. Eat a candy bar, spike your energy for a short while and then crash. Eat some pasta a day before a race and you're loading up on complex carbs which provide a more sustained energy.
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As far as taste goes a bit of brown sugar or REAL maple syrup does it for me.

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As far as taste goes a bit of brown sugar or REAL maple syrup does it for me.
A tiny touch of molasses will also go a long way on flavor too. (providing you like the taste of molasses). Honey too is a nice sweet touch.

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Honey too is a nice sweet touch.
Yup, that's what I use to sweeten my oats. But, I use the instant stuff; got it at Trader Joes. Have to use instant cause I keep it at work for breakfast after my morning workout...

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You should probably just have Chipotle for breakfast. That's what I do.
Ah yes, nothing quite like 1,600 calories all in one burrito for breakfast

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A friend of mines has me hooked on this and she got this from her personal trainer. Put the oats (not the flavored instant ones but the raw ones-instant or original) in a cup of milk and eat it like cold cereal! It taste pretty good and isn't loaded with a bunch of sugar and is super easy.

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