>Oatmeal, My Secret Weapon on the Tennis Court

>When I moved to Ohio, not knowing a soul, I turned to tennis to make friends. Through the competition and camaraderie of the traveling tennis team, I got to know my new home and dealt with the stress of moving. I  also pushed my body athletically more than I had since running track in the early years of high school. I learned quickly that a proper breakfast was no longer a luxury. A small bowl of cereal or a quick slice of toast would leave me drained and slow after forty minutes of play, not a great way to endear myself to my new teammates.

I quickly found that starting out the morning with a bowl of hot oatmeal was the key to shining on the court. A serving of traditional Quaker oats took five minutes to cook on the stovetop. I then tossed it with some fresh fruit, brown sugar, and a drizzle of milk and fueled myself powerfully for the morning. It’s amazing how much of a difference eating oatmeal made. It became a little joke on the team, and other players would say, “Watch out! Vanessa’s had her oatmeal today!”

I’d always seen the heart healthy symbol on the Quaker Oats box, but it took kicking up my tennis to a new level to fully appreciate the benefit my body drew from a comforting bowl of oatmeal, packed with whole grain goodness. I’m lucky not to have cholesterol problems, but my husband does so I encourage him to eat oatmeal as well for his heart health.

Heart disease is so prevalent in America, according to the American Heart Association, one in three Americans suffer from it and many are not even aware they are at risk. Quaker and a number of local supermarkets have partnered to offer free cholesterol screenings to customers who purchase 3 or more Quaker products in one visit so that you can evaluate your heart health risk. In the Chicago area, the screenings are available through March 27 at Jewel-Osco supermarkets. You can check the Quaker Power in Numbers website to see who administers the screenings in your area. don’t have cholesterol problems

This post is part of a sponsored partnership between myself and Quaker Oats. I compensated for my time and writing but my opinions are my own.

Quick and Easy Oatmeal to Fuel your Day
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Ingredients:
3/4 cups of Traditional Quaker Oats
1 cup of water
1/4 cup of milk
2 tablespoons of brown sugar (more or less depending on your personal preference)
Fresh fruit such as bananas, raspberries, blueberries, apples, pears, and even pineapple
Other fun optional toppings: coconut, raisins, dried cranberries and cherries, chocolate chips.

  1. In a small stockpot, combine the oatmeal and water. Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Pour into a bowl. Drizzle milk and toppings on top. Stir, eat and enjoy. And get ready to rule the tennis court and your day!

4 Responses to >Oatmeal, My Secret Weapon on the Tennis Court

  1. >As someone who has lived all over the world and had to make friends, I too, have found tennis brilliant for making friends. I agree about the bowl of porridge for breakfast with lashings of fruit and honey. It keeps you going for hours and stops the dreaded weight gain as one gets older.

  2. >Thank so much for this. I love and play tennis as well, and have made many wonderful friends through the game. I am not much of a breakfast person (2 cups of coffee) and I never know what to eat before practice or a match. I sometimes resort to one of those energy cookies that are sold at my tennis club. But usually I just play on an empty stomach, not a good idea. I like oatmeal, especially when made with milk and with dried cherries stirred in. But I don't often take the time to make it. I needed this nudge. Cheers

  3. >I love oatmeal too but don't eat it as often as I would like (I'm not a big fan of the instant packets). Someone told me you could cook a big batch of plain oatmeal and use it up as needed throughout a week – just take out a serving and heat up and add whatever goodies you want. I think I will have to give that a try for my son and I this coming week.

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