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)
- 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
- 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
- Spices – cinnamon 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)
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;-
- Flapjacks (recipe in http://nutritionbyanna.com/2016/01/beautiful-bananas/#sthash.iuSGQTXT.dpbs)
- Granola ( I like Elsa Jones no sugar recipe in http://www.elsajonesnutrition.ie/index.php/goodbye-sugar/goodbye-sugar-recipes/)
- Healthy snacks such as Protein balls or bars, plenty of recipes online. See ‘Deliciously Ella’ in Favourites.
Oat bread: I made this delicious Banana and Blueberry Oat Bread by Daniel Davey for SuperValu and can recommend it, great for pre or post training.
So happy porridge mornings!