Pre-Sparring Meal of Champions

Posted: April 6, 2012 in Class, Food

…or favorite pre-sparring meal for me, anyways.

As practitioners of Krav Maga we are often faced with the question, “what should I eat before my instructors abuse me?”  You want something light, optimally, and quick, with minimal cleanup.

Now, I’m no nutritionist but intuition tells me this is pretty healthy.  I love having this a few hours before a workout. Doesn’t weigh me down, cause gas, or make me want to barf two minutes into class.


What we have here is:

  • A mound of old-fashioned oats (not instant or quickcook oats)
  • Handful of fresh blueberries
  • Handful of walnuts
  • Some dried fruit (papaya, pineapple, raisins, coconut, etc.)
  • Half a sliced banana
  • Some brown sugar
  • Real maple syrup
  • Low fat milk to cover

I let it sit for 10 minutes to soften the oats but I don’t cook them.  Then chow time.

Give it a try sometime.  Your options are limitless.

For more info on this kind of thing check out my other post Pre-Training Meal of Champions

  1. Looks great, all ingredients are very healthy. Will try it soon once:)

    • Thanks for the comment. The beauty of it, apart from the other things mentioned, is that you can do so many different variations on the theme. I have been having this for most of my breakfasts for about a year and I’m still fine with it. I vary the milk from cow’s milk too, often using soy milk, almond milk, or coconut milk. I vary the sweetener too, sometimes going with honey instead of maple syrup or brown sugar. I never use refined white sugar though. I also dust wheat germ over the top for something different and more fiber.

      The inspiration for this idea came from one of Mark Bittman’s blog posts. Being a long-time hot oatmeal fan I remember being intrigued by the idea of having oats uncooked and cold. Now I’m a huge fan. Hope it works out for you too.

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  3. […] I’ve mentioned in the past, I like hitting up one of my special oatmeal concoctions a few hours prior to training or sparring. There are a lot of other great choices to be had as well, […]

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