Add Some OOMPH To Your Oats For National Porridge Week!
Porridge is a brilliant (and delicious) idea when it comes to finding breakfasts which will provide you with slow-releasing energy that will keep you going until lunchtime.
Not only can porridge help manage cholesterol levels, support gut health and boost your immune system… it is also extremely adaptable! With a sprinkle of seeds here and a fistful of fruits there, you can create an infinite variety of nutritious meals which your body and mind will be grateful for.
Crazy for cranberries?
Cranberries are rich in nutrients and antioxidants which provide a number of health benefits once consumed. For example, improving/maintaining your cardio-vascular health and reducing the risk of kidney stones.
So why not add some to your breakfast! They are delicious and make for the perfect porridge topper. As this recipe suggests, you can also mix in some white chocolate to create the perfect equilibrium for any sweet tooth. If you are looking for some additional texture, you can even sprinkle some ground almonds on top. Adding nuts wherever possible is a great way to maintain healthy blood pressure levels and improve your digestive health!
Walnuts for the win!
Take a look at this recipe for Walnut, Cinnamon and Apple Porridge. Adding some chunks of apple, a teaspoon of cinnamon and some crushed walnuts to your porridge can create the perfect seasonal snack. Walnuts are proven to help reduce blood cholesterol levels as well as slow cognitive decline as we get older (is that why they look like small brains?).
If you are looking to spice up this recipe, you could try adding some of our Crystallised Fiery Ginger. This will definitely help warm you up on those cold autumn mornings.
Get funky with figs.
As this next recipe suggests, dried figs make for a fabulous topper when deciding what to add to your porridge! Whilst they may not be the prettiest of the dried fruits, they are rich in calcium, helping to support bone health and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. One quarter cup of dried figs also provides 3.65 grams of fibre, assisting you in maintaining a healthy digestive system.
Hopefully these ideas for porridge toppers weren’t too oat-rageous and will inspire you to widen your breakfast repertoire. Our article, How to add dried fruits, nuts and seeds to your breakfasts, also provides some great options for breakfast recipes to fuel your mornings.