This is the ninth segment of my Getting Fit series. This series features my friend Crystal, a rockstar figure skater and fellow oatmeal lover. You can her blog, Confessions of Crystal, and check out her Instagram,@crystalchilcott.TOA: Hello, Crystal! I have been watching all of your travels throughout Colorado on Instagram, and it looks like you're having such a blast these days. You also share pictures of your "grocery finds" and meals from special restaurants.
I'm completing a 5k this fall. I know you have Collegiate Nationals next week (good luck!!), so I was wondering how you fuel yourself in the days leading up to your big competition.
Crystal: Hi Lauren! I've really enjoyed exploring more of Colorado before my year abroad!
Congratulations on your decision to complete a 5k! In the days leading up to an event, I usually stick to my usual diet. The changes usually happen on the day I travel to the competition and actually compete. Staying in a hotel room without a kitchen makes it hard to follow my usual diet so I have to adapt.
TOA: How do you do that? Do you bring your own food, or do you have to eat out?
Crystal: It's usually a mix of both. I always ask for a fridge in my hotel room and stock up on staples like fruit, carrots, and Greek yogurt. I do usually have to eat out for at least one meal though.
TOA: What do you typically eat for breakfast and/or lunch on the day of a competition?
Crystal: My stomach is always upset on days I compete so I try to stick to oatmeal and whole grain bread with nut butter and fruit. I also make sure to have some green tea.
TOA: I have a similar problem! Back in high school when I had vocal contest, I wouldn't be able to eat a thing all day until after my solo (at which point I went straight to the cafeteria and ordered one of everything, haha).
Do you practice the day before your competition, or rest?
Crystal: I have to force myself to eat something or else I won't have energy! I have a 20 minute warm up where I just go through everything a few times. It depends on what time I compete what I do the rest of the day.
TOA: If you could pick any oatmeal recipe to eat on the day of your competition, what would it be?
Crystal: I would have berry banana baked oatmeal topped with peanut butter!
TOA: Of course you would! Well, best of luck to you with your competition next week!!
Crystal: Thank you!
In honor of Crystal's favorite recipe (and her upcoming big competition), I've decided to round up some recipes. However, I'm going to do something a little different. Instead of sharing my own recipes with you, here are five recipes similar to my Berry Banana Baked Oatmeal (with peanut butter) from around the web! (Note that not all recipes are vegan.)