Rise and shine, it’s breakfast time! I absolutely love breakfast, it really is my favourite meal of the day. Half the reason I love sleep so much is because it is like a time machine to breakfast! It probably helps that I am such a morning person! So I like to mix up what I have to eat in the morning, but I always make sure I have the essentials… Things like protein to give me energy, vitamins and antioxidants, the healthy fats that you find in nuts and seeds (you can see my nuts and seeds nutrition post here) and of course fibre. So a breakfast meal I am going to share with you today is porridge.
Firstly, you need to make sure you buy healthy and organic porridge that doesn’t contain any added sugar. Steel cut oats are the least processed of cereals and contain the most nutrients. Here the important health benefits the porridge oats provide us with:
Porridge oats are packed with high amounts of vitamins, minerals and fibre. Oats contain both soluble and insoluble fibre– both daily essentials when it comes to a healthy diet. Fibre is key to maintaining a healthy digestive system, lowering blood cholesterol and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Porridge is a complex carbohydrate, meaning it releases energy into the body slowly, helping maintain healthy balanced blood sugar levels (great fuel for a workout!). There are also studies to suggest that eating oats daily can reduce the risk of heart disease in later life.
So when I have porridge for breakfast, I make mine with water, and I like to mix in some added nutrition… I like to add nuts and/or seeds, almonds are my favourite; and I ALWAYS make sure to eat fruit with breakfast- it’s nutritious and it makes breakfast so much sweeter! So with my porridge today, I mashed up a handful of raspberries (which are just packed with antioxidants!) and dolloped it on top and mixed it in for a fruity twist- so tasty!
However, you can also enjoy porridge with strawberries, blueberries or sliced banana- all plant-based and healthy. Additionally, you can use almond, soya or coconut milk instead of water- depends what you’re in the mood for! They are all super healthy options so mix it up a bit!