Porridge is amazingly nutritious, as you will see for yourself in this article. Not only does it contain multiple vitamins and minerals – essential for optimising general health – it also has immediate short term benefits – my favourite is the fact that once eaten for breakfast, you feel full right up to lunch!
This is all due to the slow release of energy it provides to the body. In fact, oats have a very low Glycaemic Index – meaning that they are absorbed very slowly into the blood stream, keeping blood sugar levels stable.
Oats – One Nutritious Food
Take a look at what oats contain:
- Folic acid
- Vitamin E
- B5, B6
It also contains the highest protein content of any cereal. Interestingly enough, porridge can be eaten as part of a weight loss diet – here’s why...
- It is filling, so obviously you won’t feel like devouring any unhealthy snacks that come your way
- You don’t have to prepare an enormous bowl in the morning – 30 grams is enough
- To minimise calories further it can be cooked with just water or half water, half milk
- Don’t use sugar – a little honey will do – or even Agave Syrup mmmm...delicious!
- Oats have high fibre content, so in turn they lower cholesterol - And most importantly – it is delicious – even though many people tend to turn away at the mere mention of porridge for some odd reason!
The adults in our household (including me) prefer their oats raw, soaked overnight...recipes and suggestions for this kind of healthy breakfast coming soon on our website...
My son prefers his cooked so here is how it’s done…
- just place approximately 2 cups of milk into a saucepan (we love using unsweetened almond milk)
- Add about 4 tablespoons of porridge oats (we like using gluten-free organic jumbo oats – although it works well with any sort of oats – but NOT the quick cooking kind)
- Gently heat up to a slow simmer, stirring with a wooden spoon often, for about 10 minutes or until it is thick and creamy – there you are – a bowl of goodness...
- For added goodness and flavour we like to mash a banana or apple, or some other fruit and add it to the porridge, my son's favourite addition is strawberries – so whatever fruit your child chooses, be rest assured he/she is eating the best possible breakfast to start off the day.
Note: some of our favourite variations, whether raw or cooked are:
- A sprinkling of cinnamon together with a touch of ground almonds
- Pre-soaked raw almonds and/or raw walnuts (the protein from the nuts ensures a slow release of sugars from the fruit)
- A good teaspoon of coconut oil or honey
- Flaked coconut
- To ensure a good intake of omegas we add a mix of : sesame, sunflower, pumpkin and flaxseeds, which we grind freshly each morning in our little coffee grinder, inexpensive and a good investment