On October 29th Quaker Oats celebrated National Oatmeal Day with the first-ever Quaker Oats-Mobile tour, an on-the-go food truck created to deliver a delicious super grain breakfast of Instant Quaker Oatmeal for free throughout Chicago. Quaker Coach and celebrity fitness expert Bob Harper rode shotgun as he helped dish out one of his favorite breakfasts to consumers and shared tips on how to get National Oatmeal Day – and every day – off to a great start. Those outside the Chicago were able to join in the celebration too by logging onto www.NationalOatmealDay.com to “get in line,” for the virtual Quaker Oats-Mobile and enter for a chance to win a year’s worth of Quaker Instant Oatmeal. Each super grain serving of Quaker oatmeal helps provide energy, fiber to fill you up and at least one serving of whole grains – a great first step towards meeting the recommended minimum of three daily servings of whole grains for overall good health. In addition to its many benefits, oatmeal contains soluble fiber that has been shown to help lower cholesterol when eaten daily as part of a heart-healthy diet.
Afterward Bob took a brief rest to fill me in on how we at Mamavation can benefit from eating oatmeal to sustain our work outs. He was so excited to share his tips and chat it up about Crossfit and his tattoos. We started out by talking about the last episode of The Biggest Loser when he came to Texas and rode the mechanical bull. I was complimenting him on his bull riding skills and his one word to describe it was, “OUCH!” I really wanted to interview Bob because every now and then I will catch him talking about Crossfit on Facebook and I was so tickled he was trying it! He told me, “I’m not trying Crossfit sweetheart, I’m doing it!” He loves it and finds it very challenging. Crossfit has now become one of his favorite things to do.
One of the main tips that Bob shared was how many people are in the situation of needing to lose weight, are on a budget and have time constraints. Breakfast is so important to starting your day because you need that fiber and a good source of complex carbohydrates and what is the number one choice? People are choosing oatmeal time and time again. Bob loves to eat the same thing all the time but says Quaker Oats is the perfect option for those people who get bored with eating the same thing. Quaker Oats offers a large variety of flavors. What about oatmeal after a work out? Bob thinks it’s excellent! When you have done those Crossfit classes and you have lost glycogen sources, you need to recover with protein and a complex carbohydrate like Quaker Oats oatmeal will only benefit your body.
If you are looking to find the perfect time of day to work out, guess what? Only you know what that time of day is because it’s best to work with your optimum level. If you are not a morning person then working out in the evenings may be your optimum time. You have to do what works for you. Bob loves a good morning work out! He starts out at 5:30am with a Crossfit work out before he goes off to work. You have to remember how good you feel after that work out to remember what keeps you going.
For you runners out there Bob is all about getting that complex carbohydrate a good 45 minutes before that race. For the longer runs keep your body hydrated and keep that sugar going such as eating orange slices. Stretching out after a good work out is very important. Be sure to use a foam roller and if you need to find out more information about proper techniques you can find out more and even purchase a foam roller from his website.
Let’s talk tattoos! His very first tattoo was a rose on his back with an Asian symbol that meant body and soul. He has since had it removed and it’s now covered by a sugar skull. None of his tattoos have significant meaning he just likes them. In fact he prefers the “old school” tattoos. However, he hates the way it feels when he gets them. He’ says he’s going to stick to his arms and his back only. He is so nice to talk to but I’m guessing it would be a whole lot different if you got to work out with him.
Bob and Quaker Oats didn’t want you to leave this post empty handed! In fact they would like you to share your comments about How you get a super start to your day?
Giveaways (2 winners):
- $20 Visa gift card
- Bob Harper’s Beginner’s Weight Loss Transformation DVD
- A box of Instant Quaker Oatmeal to get a super grain start to your day
- Quaker Oats Flip Flops
- 4 Coupons for to use toward Quaker Chewy Smashbars
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