Editor’s Note: During the Amgen Tour of California, VeloNews.com will present The Feed Zone Service Course, the official daily race menu of Levi Leipheimer’s Omega Pharma-Quick Step team, courtesy of Dr. Allen Lim, chef Biju Thomas and Skratch Labs.
Stage 1 — Sunday May 13
Biju’s Oatmeal with Toasted Nut Mix
Pasta and Eggs
Mixed Berries and Fruit with Yogurt
Soft Scrambled Eggs with Fresh Herbs
Servings > 2
Time > 10-15 minutes
Rice or pasta are common pre-race breakfast staples for professional cyclists, but at the 2011 Tour of California Chris Horner and the RadioShack team proved that oatmeal can be the breakfast of champions. Levi Leipheimer has mastered our recipe, and we hope it will become your favorite standby food too.
1 cup water
dash of salt
1 cup “old-fashioned” rolled oats
1–2 cups milk, depending on desired thickness
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon molasses
1 banana, chopped
¼ cup raisins
Use any kind of milk — dairy, soy, almond. Start with 1 cup and add more to achieve your desired consistency.
1. In a medium saucepan, bring the water and salt to a low boil. Add oats and cook, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes.
2. Add milk and brown sugar, and return the mixture to a low boil. Add molasses, banana, and raisins, continuing to stir until oatmeal reaches desired thickness. Remove pan from heat. Let rest for 10–15 minutes if you have the time.
Finish with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon and a splash of milk.
PER SERVING> Energy 490 cal • Fat 6 g • Sodium 181 mg • Carbs 102 g • Fiber 10 g • Protein 19 g
WATCH A VIDEO: Chef Biju Thomas demonstrates how to make his oatmeal, a pre-race favorite.
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