Porridge, why is it so good though?!
Oats are a great carbohydrate source. Known as a ‘slow burner’ oats are a low GI food, which in simple terms means that energy is released at a slower rate to keep you full and energised for longer.
Oats are also a good source of protein, however only really beneficial if combined with other plant based protein foods such as nuts and seeds so you have a ‘complete protein’ – (this is a whole other topic about protein & plant based foods).
Porridge is definitely my favourite go to breakfast and it’s so easy to make. A lot of people just buy the sachets or tubs of porridge which you just add hot water to, but actually these can be full of sugars and other unnecessary added stuff. There are however some healthier go to brands for porridge on the go, just make sure you check the labels. I like Moma.
Once you know how to make porridge the fun part then is experimenting with toppings and flavours. Below I share a simply porridge recipe which I use as the base for every porridge recipe I make, plus two of my favourite go to toppings.
How to make porridge:
1 cup/250ml oats
1 cup/250ml milk
1 cup/250ml water
Put all of this into a pan at a medium to low heat, stir occasionally until the porridge is to the consistency of how you like it. Feel free to use any milk you like – I use rice milk or a nut milk such as almond.
Two of my favourite go to toppings!…
Blueberry & maple porridge
What you will need:
Handful of fresh blueberries
Mixed seeds & nuts
- When your porridge starts bubbling and gets a little thicker add in a handful of blueberries
- Whilst stirring occasionally like mentioned above you should notice the blueberries turning a deeper purple colour
- Once the blueberries start bursting and the porridge is at the right consistency for you turn the heat off
- Pour the porridge into a bowl
- Sprinkle some mix seeds and nuts on top then drizzle with maple syrup
- Tip – play around with the timing of adding in the blueberries, the sooner you add them in the more purple the porridge will be! Each to their own with this one.
Banana & peanut butter porridge
What you will need:
1 Banana sliced
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp peanut butter or another nut butter of your choice
Honey or brown rice syrup
- When your porridge starts bubbling and gets a little thicker add in half the sliced banana and cinnamon
- Mix well and just like above stir occasionally until the porridge is at the right consistency for you
- Take off the heat and pour into a bowl
- On top add the rest of the sliced banana, the peanut butter and then drizzle on some honey or brown rice syrup
- Tip – when buying nut butters always make sure you read the ingredients as some of the cheaper brands contain added salt and oils. My favourite is Meridian, however I have started to use this new range Tesco have, affordable and 100% nuts used. Click here to have a look!