Winter warmer – Porridge

Right I know I'm probably late to the party with this suggestion but the other week someone told me a new way to cook porridge and it's DELICIOUS.

Porridge Oats.
Porridge Oats.
It tastes like it has been made with cream and not semi-skimmed milk. All you need to do is soak the porridge overnight. I put a cup of porridge oats, 1 cup of water and 1 cup of milk in a bowl and place in the fridge before I go to bed. In the morning I put said bowl in the microwave for 4:30mins (stir at 3minutes). It comes out rich and creamy. I also happen to add frozen fruit or seeds or (if you are my 5 year old) honey and a handful of blueberries but it really is nice enough to eat plain.

Porridge is a low glycaemic index food which means that the porridge releases its energy into our bloodstreams in a slow and steady way therefore you should be able to get to lunch time without feeling hungry. Porridge also contains a considerable amount of fibre, both soluble and insoluble. One component of the soluble fibre in the oats is beta-glucans, which has proven effective in lowering blood cholesterol.

However not everyone is created the same and despite what I have written not everyone will find that porridge keeps you full until lunchtime. If this is the case but you love porridge then here are some suggestions that may help.

1) Increase portion size (there is no point gasping about calories ingested at breakfast if your hunger at 11am means you snack on whatever is to hand)

2) Make sure you are not using instant in packet porridge oats. As you cook them the same way as ordinary porridge I don't really understand using them. Instant porridge oats do not tend to be as low GI.

3) Add some protein to your breakfast such as a boiled egg.

If you need some more reasons to try porridge for your breakfast then have a look at this blog post:

Twenty Reasons Porridge is the Ultimate Health Food.

Hope you all having a good week.

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