Porridge – not just for Scottish people..
Not this stuff Oliver, PROPER Porridge! We’ll show you how!
Porridge is a great way to start the day for many reasons but not least because it is packed with energy. And that energy is released slowly so it doesn’t turn to Body Fat but instead helps you get through the morning. Porridge is full of fibre too, which is great for digestive health and leaves you feeling fuller for longer. Studies show that porridge can play a role in lowering Cholesterol (the stuff that can clog your arteries and lead to heart disease).
The best way to eat porridge, in my not so humble opinion, is with lots of fruit and a squirt of honey. You can also add nuts and seeds to give it a little bit more bite and to add some healthy fats too. I sometimes add a little protein powder but not too much as it can make the porridge less palatable.
Here are some of my favourite Porridge Recipes:
Add about half a cup of oats and a cup of milk to a saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil and then simmer for 2 minutes or so. That’s it! Now all you add the other bits to increase the goodness and yum factor:
Blueberry and Banana Porridge with Maple Syrup.
Add a quarter cup of Blueberries and a whole chopped banana then drizzle with a small amount of Maple Syrup to sweeten.
Blackberry, Cashew and Pumpkin Seed Porridge.
This is a great tasting breakfast – the Blackberries add a beautiful and fragrant taste to contrast with the crunch and flavour of Cashews and Pumpkin Seeds. Add some Honey to sweeten if needed.
Porridge with Tinned Peach Slices.
A quick and easy bowl of goodness. I’d always recommend fresh fruit where possible but tinned peaches are so easy and keep for ever. Make sure you have a couple of tins in your cupboard and you’ll never be without something to liven up your Porridge. Throw in some raisins to sweeten if needed, or use a (small!) sprinkle of Brown Sugar.
Let me know your favourite Porridge dishes! Email them to me: Felix@LemonBody.com
Captain Felix Deer joined the Army in 1985 and served in a number of Training Officer roles, qualifying as a Unit Fitness Officer in 1986. Since leaving the Army in 1994, Felix has sold property, built houses and flown airliners for a living, but has always maintained his keen interest in Fitness.