Up-healthing Your Porridge
Porridge for breakfast is such a staple in the cooler months and is a great healthy alternative to a lot of the high sugary processed cereals that are on the super market shelves.
So, if you are going to eat porridge, do you know there are a few tricks to make it even healthier?
Soaking your oats overnight before cooking them can be beneficial as this helps breakdown the phytic acid (which is present in all grains, nuts, seeds, beans etc) and can be irritating to our gut. Just pour water over the oats and let them soak in it overnight, then just cook as usual in the morning, adding more water if necessary. Cooking in a saucepan on the stovetop is healthier than the microwave option.
Type of Oats
Going for plain oats is the best option. Avoiding oats that are flavoured is best, as these usually contain added sugar, flavours, additives and preservatives. Go for the plain oats (wholegrain and organic is best) and add your own flavourings.
This is where you can get creative. Add in:
- Nuts & seeds
- LSA (linseed, sunflower seeds, almonds all pre-ground up)
- Fruit (go for fresh instead of canned) – berries, banana, stewed apple
- Yoghurt or coconut yoghurt on top
- Buckwheat groats or quinoa flakes (added before cooking)
- Cinnamon or nutmeg
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