Runners Breakfasts: Polenta

After an early morning run I often return home feeling seriously hungry, I’ve been determined to find the best breakfasts for runners, especially for after those early morning runs. The first I tried this week was Polenta – very high in carbohydrate, low in saturated fat and low in sugar. This is a great way to recover from a morning run, it’s not something I’ve ever seen in the UK and it’s really easy to make:

The receipe: Basic Runners Polenta


100 grams of yellow cornmeal

750ml water

25 grams of butter



  1. Bring your water to a boil in your kettle and whack it into a saucepan on the stove, turn the heat up high. (Add a pinch of salt if you are using unsalted butter).
  2. Now slowly pour in and whisk the cornmeal. 
  3. Lower the heat  and cook until the mixture thickens you’ll need to keep stirring so that it doesn’t stick, this should take 15 minutes. 
  4. Take it off the heat now and add the butter, stir it in well. 

You’ll be left with a nice thick and creamy porridge. I added a little golden syrup and a spot of almond milk (because that was the only milk we had in the fridge). It went down a treat.

You can also use this as a replacement for pasta or rice, which is a very handy option to have.


Another runners breakfast recipe next week.

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