Confession: whilst I was training to be a nutritionist, I started to think that porridge was a bad choice for breakfast. 🤦🏻♀️
The main reason is the glucose hit – when you break it down to the bare bones, a bowl of porridge made with water, topped with banana and honey = glucose on glucose on glucose. This is not an ideal situation for the body; we should be aiming for more of a balanced meal with some fats and proteins involved. Whats more many of us ONLY have porridge for breakfast. We need variety folks! .
But it’s certainly worth knowing that oats have many more benefits that just being a carb hit – they’re a fab source of a particular fibre – beta glucan – which is great for our microbiome and can actually reduce blood sugar and insulin response. They also contain more protein and fat than most grains and are loaded with important vitamins, minerals and antioxidant plant compounds including manganese, iron and zinc .
The trick to make porridge more nutritious and balanced is to pimp it up! Here’s how I do it;
🥕add some veg! It’s hard to get your 8-10 a day without including some for breakfast. I include grated carrot (tastes like carrot cake) grated courgette (can’t even taste it) or puréed pumpkin.
🥥Use a nut milk – I actually use half nut milk half water. Not only does it make it creamy delish, it gives you a little protein and fat too.
🌰Use nut butter, seeds, flax or crushed nuts to give you those lovely healthy fats that are so important.
💪Try adding a protein powder – you know me, I love @nuzest_europe. .
🥣 Use herbs and spices – this is a game changer! Adding cinnamon, turmeric, cacao, fresh grated ginger – whatever floats your boat – really boosts the nutrition here. Spices are packed with phytochemicals needed throughout our body
🥝Top with a fruit of your choice – go wild, use frozen berries and let them melt, chop up apples into sticks – use fruit as your sweetener
🍯 Get weird with your topping – my favourite is tahini, miso & maple. OUT OF THIS WORLD
What’s your porridge passion?!