More Porridge Please!

Get adventurouswithporridge!

More Porridge Please!

Get adventurouswithporridge!

Yes, I have an addiction and it involves my favourite meal of the day! It’s the meal that gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling knowing that I am about to get my big fix of pure satisfaction and get my day off to an amazing start. You see I have a massive soft spot for breakfast and more specifically, porridge!

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I can picture a few people gesturing their fingers towards their throats in disgust at the mere thought of this gluggy little grain stuck to the inside of their gut. This minority however would only be the ill-informed and slightly unadventurous!

Seriously, porridge is the ultimate breakfast cereal to have some fun with. The combinations of fruit, nuts, seeds , often topped off with a dash of maple syrup or brown sugar is positively endless!

While everyone else is chowing down on their instant, ‘tastes like the box it came in’ breakfast cereals, I delight in creating my porridge into flavour filled masterpieces.

Flavour filled porridge!

Porridge with apple & pear compote

Feel good porridge!

Anyway, if the flavour argument doesn’t get you in, how about these awesome nutritional/feel good powers of porridge?

  1. Helps concentration and energy levels well into the morning. Rolled oats have a low GI (glycaemic index) rating which means glucose is released slowly into the body, helping you to feel fuller for longer.
  1. Provides heart –protective benefits and helps to lower blood pressure. Soluble fibre in porridge called beta-glucan absorbs and eliminates cholesterol from the body. Recent studies have shown that oats also contain antioxidant compounds that help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
  1. Decreased risk of type 2 diabetes through slow release complex carbohydrates that regulate blood sugar levels in the body.
  1. Improves bowel function and helps prevent constipation. Insoluble fibre in oats helps improve digestive system health.
  1. High in vitamin B6 that boosts serotonin levels in the brain. As serotonin levels decrease in winter with less sunlight, a warm gooey bowl of porridge could be just the ticket to feeling well and relaxed.
  1. A good source of folic acid, essential during pregnancy.

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Porridge Add-On’s!

Health benefits aside – I have come up with a list of ingredients (by no means exhaustive) to add to this old-fashioned little bowl of oaty goodness:

Nuts: Almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios

Seeds: linseeds, pumpkin, sunflower, chia seeds

Fruit: Fresh or dried, goji berries. Make up a compote of whatever is in the fruit bowl.

Spice: cinnamon, nutmeg, mixed spice

Sweetness: vanilla extract, maple syrup, brown sugar

Topping: plain, greek style yoghurt, extra milk, light cream.

My all time favourite_Porridge with Chia

Seriously, porridge is the ultimate breakfast cereal to have some fun with. The combinations of fruit, nuts, seeds , often topped off with a dash of maple syrup or brown sugar is positively endless!

Quinoa, chia & blueberry porridge-

While trendy ‘superfoods’ such as quinoa provide a yummy alternative for porridge, rolled oats are cheaper and just as nutritious and so get my vote as the ‘go to’ breakfast on a daily basis.

With winter coming on I am excited to know that everyday I will wake up to my steaming hot bowl of porridge that gets me pumped for the day ahead.

Love this stuff and the best part is, I get to do it all again tomorrow!

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