Oh porridge, let me count the ways I love thee… sorry I ‘borrowed’ that quote from some Victorian poet and believe me, when I was little and had to eat porridge every morning I never thought I would say that fast forward into my future.

But I am possibly addicted – I don’t get withdrawal symptoms from not having it whilst away on holiday – but I sure miss it.   Cold winter mornings, dreary disappointing weather summer mornings,  sunny summer mornings – all of them and only two people make porridge the way I like it … (one of them being me)

Benefits

  • Oats contain a soluble fibre called beta-glucan proven to lower cholesterol
  • Soluble fibre – good for heart and digestive system
  • Porridge is a filling breakfast (see next point)
  • Helps to balance blood sugars (Low glycaemic load)
  • Immune stimulating properties ¹
  • Weight management
  • Contain B vitamins
  • Warming on those grey and cold winter/spring mornings
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Toppings:

  • Berries  (in summer and autumn we are spoiled for choice with blueberries, raspberries,  strawberries -not a big fan of strawberries in porridge unless chopped up and in smaller amounts, in winter I use frozen blueberries as they are out of season and not as readily available, these when melted into the simmering porridge gives a berry coulis look, goji berries)
  • Nuts  – flaked or chopped whole almonds, walnuts
  • Seeds –  pumpkin seeds,  sunflower seeds, chia seeds
  • Spicescinnamon every time and lately.. cardamon (powder, small amount)
  • Flaxseed oil – for omega 3 (according to taste, 1 teaspoon – 1 dessertspoon  but up to 1 tablespoon for maximum Omega 3 benefits.  Start small as acquired taste!  Available in most local supermarkets and health stores, I use an Irish brand called Adora.)
  • Bee pollen  http://nutritionbyanna.com/2015/07/benefits-of-bee-pollen/#sthash.8AnVCSCd.dpbs
  • Natural yogurt (a  dollop of soya yogurt or coconut yogurt as a treat are my personal preferences)

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I know this is a post about porridge but as it’s made from oats I have to mention the other way to get some more oats into your diet;-

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Oat bread:  I made this delicious Banana and Blueberry Oat Bread by Daniel Davey for SuperValu and can recommend 016 it, great for pre or post training.

https://supervalu.ie/real-food/recipes/banana-and-blueberry-oat-bread

 

 

 

 

 

 

So happy porridge mornings!

¹ http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1541-4337.2012.00189.x/full
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25267248