A lot of triathletes I know eat oatmeal for breakfast, myself included. While oatmeal is a great source of carbs to get your day started, eating the same plain oatmeal every day gets boring, to say the least. Try these oatmeal recipe varieties that are packed with protein and carbs as well as a bunch of other nutrients that will get your day started right! The best part, you make it the night before and it’s ready straight out of the fridge in the morning!

Banana Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

2/3 cup rolled oats
2 tablespoons peanut butter
4 teaspoons chia seeds
2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 scoop Chocolate or Vanilla Protein Powder
1 banana, sliced

Combine everything in a bowl. Divide among two mason jars. Let sit in the fridge overnight. Recipe makes 2 servings.

Heat for 1-2 minutes in the morning if you prefer it warm.

Nutrition (per serving, may vary slightly depending on type/brand of protein powder): Calories: 352; Total Fat: 14 g; Saturated Fat: 2 g; Monosaturated Fat: 1 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 235 mg; Carbohydrates: 45 g; Dietary Fiber: 10 g; Sugar: 14 g; Protein: 17 g

Other varieties:
Not a fan of peanut butter or bananas? Swap the bananas for your favorite fresh berries (1/2 cup). Try almond butter instead of peanut butter or use chopped walnuts, pecans, or mixed nuts (2 tablespoons).

Coach Jenni Plane is a US Masters Swim Coach, Ironman Certified Coach and former pro triathlete.  Jenni eats peanut butter daily and coaches triathletes from across the country, out of Sacramento, California. Reach out to Jenni for more great recipe ideas for athletes here.