So where did it all start? Founder, Alex Hely-Hutchinson spent a year in Copenhagen and learned the word HYGGE. It doesn’t have a literal meaning in English, but represents being cosy, snuggling up during the winter and spending time with friends – and that’s what a bowl of porridge is all about.
Being inspired by the Scandinavian lifestyle, Alex set out to open her own shop and after braving the pop-up scene in coffee shops, foodie events and even Old Street Tube station for a while, Neal’s Yard welcomed a new neighbour, 26 Grains.
Most of the grains are found in the UK and Europe (with quinoa the exception coming from South America and Asia) and are all hand rolled in the 26 Grains kitchen ensuring that they are not processed or tampered with. Fruit and veg are sourced locally and bowls are topped off with traditional Nordic spices such as cardamom, ginger and cinnamon. From sweet Hazelnut & Butter porridge to savoury Egg & Kale, 26 Grains also serve muesli, smoothie bowls and specialty coffee from Workshop. And if that wasn’t enough porridge talk, it’s World Porridge Day on 10 October – so you have to get down to 26 Grains for a warm bowl of goodness.
But without further ado, here’s an exclusive Perfect Post Practice Porridge recipe for all you Framer’s and Framette’s out there who sweat sexy at every Rocket Yoga and BARRE class. You deserve love in a bowl.
Pop your soaked grains, with liquid, and nut milk into a pan and start to cook over a medium heat.
Add the salt as the oats start to thicken and then after 3-4 minutes your grains are done.
Top with banana, coconut yogurt, cacao nibs and date syrup. Enjoy!
We soak our oats overnight to remove the protective phytic acid layer that can cause all sorts of uncomfortable cramps and bloating. This also increases the vitamin and mineral availability that would otherwise be blocked by that very same coating, enabling longer slower releasing energy.
Bananas are a super source of carbs restoring your body after a workout and restoring your glycogen levels, great for recovering muscles.
Coconut yogurt good fat.
Cacao nibs, a super food similar to maca, great for helping the body recover.
Date syrup, a natural source of sugar for a post workout pick me up.