My husband introduced me to so many bad foods. Fast food, pastries, cakes, biscuits and much more but to his credit he also introduced me to porridge. Porridge is something he used to make occasionally but since he started his new regime to lower his cholesterol he’s been making it for all the family almost every morning. His sister Donna told him it was a good food for lowering cholesterol so now every night he soaks his porridge and every morning he eats it. Somebody once told his Dad that whiskey lowers cholesterol and now his whiskey is treated with the same regularity as Thomas’ porridge habit, though he has no dealings with whiskey in the morning in fairness.
When Thomas got his Cholesterol results we didn’t know too much about the nutritional side of food. It was his high cholesterol result that started us on the path to discovering good nutrition and healthy living. It’s an ill wind that blows no good, as they say. His high cholesterol result has motivated him to start looking after himself. Honestly I love that man more today, yes I love him more because he is taking care of his health. He was committed. Surely a good way to start living better is to start each day with a healthy breakfast, no? Today the whole family enjoys eating porridge with banana, different seeds with a hint of cinnamon. My 3 and 4 year old even know the names of the seeds. Makes me proud.
Starting a family breakfast routine is not something that will happen on its own, not if you have a house full of kids. We had to make it happen and it’s working out great for us as a family. Everybody eats the same breakfast from small to big people (hmm… well there is my teenager, she’s a work in progress). Porridge costs less than cereal, it fills you better, tastes better, it’s hot in your belly and it’s super healthy. Do you need any other reason? It lowers high blood pressure, reduces bad cholesterol, is packed with vitamins and minerals, it’s a slow-releasing energy food packed with wholegrain goodness. Perfect for an hour before exercise to provide enough energy and ensure blood sugar levels remain steady through the workout.
A few things to consider when planning to make porridge for breakfast:
The variety: depends on the texture you prefer. Porridge oats are less chunky in texture compared to rolled oats.
The liquid to use : water, soya or other nut milk or cows milk or 1/2 water 1/2 milk
Cooking method : I would suggest cooking it slowly on the hob to obtain a creamier texture but some cook it in the slow cooker, rice cooker or the microwave
Flavorings : Use any flavour of choice like cinnamon, cardamon, coconut or a touch of jam
Sweetener or NO Sweetener : We use no sugar whatsoever but a year ago we used to add it. If you are thinking of removing sugar from your diet then you could try a drizzle of honey, maple syrup or agave until you are ready to get rid of the sweeteners completely. They are just different type of sugars after all!
Toppings : Top your porridge with some fresh fruits to increase the flavour and nutritional benefits. Banana, apple, blueberries and strawberries work well. We have it with banana every single morning.
Nutritional Boosters : Nutrient packed seeds will bring a nice crunch to your porridge bowl. We add a mixture of seeds like: flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower and chia seeds.
What’s your everyday breakfast?
Healthy Breakfast Porridge
Total Time: 15 minutes
Number of servings: 5
500ml Porridge Oats
Handful of Currents
Pinch of Salt
Pinch of Cinnamon
- Put your porridge oats in the pot along with the currents, cinnamon, milk, water and salt and cover. Leave to soak over night.
- In the morning put the pot on the heat and stir. Stir occasionally until it starts to simmer then stir constantly until the porridge boils. Take it off the heat and serve straight away. Make sure the currents are well mixed in when serving.
- Slice the bananas into the bowls. Add the seeds and serve.
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Happy New Year, Happy New You!