Consistently eating a good breakfast for cycling will help you keep energized for longer and improve your power to weight ratio if accompanied by a progressive cycling training plan.

We continue our Cycling Nutrition Tips series with thanks to Team Sky Head Chef Søren Kristiansen and Nigel Mitchell, Head of Nutrition at Team Sky who talk us through a perfect breakfast for cycling:

Breakfast for Cycling: Team Sky Porridge Recipe

Breakfast for Cycling: Porridge served with banana purée, crushed seeds, goji berries and fresh strawberries and blueberries


Serves 1


  • 350ml of water and milk (or rice milk)
  • 4 tablespoons oat porridge flakes
  • 1 table spoon quinoa

Porridge flavouring:

  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ground ginger
  • Fresh vanilla pod
  • Lemon zest
  • Fresh strawberries and blueberries
  • Crushed seeds and goji berries
Banana Purée:
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons of low fat crème fraîche, yoghurt or milk

Cooking Method

  1. Bring the water and milk to the boil
  2. Add the flavoring and then add the porridge oat flakes and quinoa
  3. Simmer for 4-5 minutes stirring frequently whilst preparing the banana purée
  4. Boil the banana in water with 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  5. Drain the water then mash the banana into a purée with crème fraîche or yoghurt
  6. Serve a dollop of the banana purée on the porridge and sprinkle with fresh strawberries and blueberries, crushed seeds and goji berries

Nutritional Benefits


  • Porridge has a Low Glycemic Index (GI) so your body will digest it slowly and release energy into your bloodstream for longer
  • Porridge is a great source of soluble fibre which may help digestion, reduce high blood cholesterol and help prevent heart disease
  • Porridge contains the essential nutrients zinc, iron, magnesium, antioxidants, vitamin B and vitamin E


  • Like porridge, quinoa has a low GI and is a great source of protein too
  • Quinoa is a “complete” protein containing all nine amino acids
  • Quinoa is a good source of iron which helps keep our oxygen carrying red blood cells healthy
Bananas, Berries and Seeds:
  • Bananas are high in potassium, which is vital for muscle contraction one banana delivers your 4mg of potassium that you need every day
  • Blueberries, strawberries and blackberries are high in antioxidants that keep us health by fighting disease-inducing free radicals in our body
  • Seeds are high in fiber, vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, protein, iron ,folic acid and zinc
  • Goji berries contain all essential amino acids, have the highest concentration of protein of any fruit and are loaded with vitamin C, calcium, zinc, selenium and a whopping 15 times the amount of iron found in spinach

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