How To Pimp Up Your Porridge
Not the most thrilling of breakfasts, but let’s face it, it’s one of the healthiest and energizing ways to start your day – Porridge!
Porridge is famous for being an excellent source of slow release energy, helping you maintain your energy levels throughout the day. Porridge is full of high soluble fibre and packed with protein. It also has great mineral content, however it is full of phytates. Phytates are indigestible to us which is no problem in itself. However they molecularly bond to other minerals like zinc, iron and calcium and therefore reducing the amount you can absorb every morning from your oats. So why not overpower those pesky phytates and nutritionally boost your porridge with those micronutrient rich superfoods like chia, pumpkin and hemp seed.
What’s more is that it is incredibly easy to micro-boost! I have written just three simple and effective micro-boost recipes for your porridge that work well together. But hey! Don’t let that stop you from experimenting.
First thing’s first: The porridge base…
Now there are probably hundreds of different recipes on how to make the perfect porridge. Should we soak the oats over night? Maybe add a pinch of salt? Is microwave OK, or should I do them on the hob?
Honestly I don’t think anyone can tell you what the best way is. Depending on your lifestyle and how much time you have to spend on making breakfast (and your tastes) I really think it’s up to you. For me, if I have time I will spend ten minutes over the hob and add a pinch of salt, but if not, I will smash a bowl in the microwave for two or three minutes.
One aspect of the porridge experience that you should take the time to play with is the balance of water to milk. As vegans we have a large inventory to select from when it comes to milks. Personally I like to use half soy and half water. It’s the right amount of creamy without it becoming to sickly and thick.
Banana Choc Chip (almost) – A classic combination of fruit and chocolate, with a bitter twist.
Slice a banana thinly and scatter a handful of cacao nibs on top. If you aren’t yet a huge fan of the cacao nib bitterness then adding a quick glug of maple syrup will help balance it out.
What’s boosted? – Magnesium, protein, iron, fibre.
Hemp & Pumpkin Seed – A more savoury start to the day.
If you like a little salt in your porridge then this one is perfect for you! If not, then the deep and rich sweetness of agave nectar is a pleasant addition. Just add a level tablespoon of each to your bowl, and you are done.
What’s boosted? – Vitamin E, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, protein, manganese, copper.
Blueberry Chia – A burst of freshness to add a little lightness to the meal.
Who doesn’t love blueberries? It’s a no brainer. With some chia seeds sprinkled on top this bowl is sure to give you a little lift.
What’s boosted? – Calcium, iron, magnesium, fibre, protein.
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