This cherry chia porridge is a healthy way to start the day - full of protein, good fats and flavour.
Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, and I never skip it. From avocado on toast with chilli flakes and lime juice, to carrot and cinnamon overnight oats, I love making breakfast special.
This cherry chia pudding with almonds is a nourishing way to keep you full all morning. It's really easy to put together in a few minutes and is full of goodness. You can easily make it vegan with a few simple swaps.
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The project is a collaboration between The National Lottery and the country’s top sports nutritionists from the English Institute of Sport (EIS) who work with many of Great Britain’s leading Olympic and Paralympic athletes. From gymnastics, boxing and swimming to triathlon, cycling and athletics, top National Lottery funded athletes and former champions share their recipes and nutritional tips for sporting success on The Food Champions.
Charlie's Cheeky Chia Porridge
The recipe for this healthy chia porridge with cherries and almonds comes from Olympic athlete Charlie Grice, a middle distance runner from Brighton and the current British outdoor 1500m champion. In 2014, when he was 20, Charlie won his first senior national title at 1500m - and becoming the youngest person to do so. After that, he made both finals at the Commonwealth Games and the European Championships. Last year, Charlie retained his British senior 1500m title and at the World Championships in Beijing he finished 9th. Follow Charlie on Instagram and be sure to cheer him when he's in Rio!
The body needs carbohydrates and fats to provide energy for middle distance running. This chia porridge is a great source of slow release, low glycaemic index (GI) carbohydrates. Over night, glycogen stores (carbohydrate storage in the muscle and liver) become lowered, so this chia porridge provides fuel to help maintain performance during training. By adding almonds and chia seeds to the porridge, healthy fats are added. The Greek yogurt adds protein, calcium and vitamin D, supporting muscle and bone health.
Chia Porridge with Cherries
- 80 g oats
- 360 ml milk or dairy-free milk
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp almonds
- 1 banana sliced
- 2 tbsp. Greek yogurt or dairy-free yogurt
- 50 g fresh pitted cherries
- Warm the oats, chia seeds and milk together in a pan over a low heat, stirring regularly, to make a thick porridge / oatmeal.
- Pour the porridge into two bowls, then top with the almonds, sliced banana, yogurt and cherries.
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