Sunday, 26 July 2015

Perfect porridge

Porridge is a perfect breakfast choice as oats are a complex carb which get digested at a slow pace, unlike simple carbs. Porridge therefore makes the ideal pre-workout breakfast, as a bowl of their slow-releasing, wholegrain goodness beforehand will ensure that blood sugar levels remain steady throughout a workout and keep energy levels high. Oats are also packed with essential vitamins and minerals that other sugary cereals do not provide. 

There are endless ways to enjoy porridge, with some of these delicious ideas you will never want to skip breakfast again! 

Baked oats
Mash one ripe banana and microwave for 1 minute or until mushy. Now combine with 30g of oats and 1/3 cup of almond milk. Bake in the oven at 180 degrees for 10 minutes, add a handful of your favourite fruit and bake for a further 5 minutes to allow the fruit to soften slightly. This recipe truly makes it feel like you’re having cake for breakfast!

Apple, sultanas and blueberry oats
Remove the core of an apple and chop into cubes. Sprinkle with a little cinnamon and microwave for 2 minutes. The apple should be soft, so using a fork mash it all together to make a sauce like texture. Add to 30g of oats and 1/3 of a cup of almond milk, along with a handful of raisins.  Microwave the mixture for 2 minutes and top with a sprinkle of blueberries and additional apple cubes.

Porridge and dried fruit 
Combine 30g of oats with 1/3 of a cup of almond milk and microwave for 2 minutes. If you want a more filling, creamier breakfast add in one mashed banana to the mixture too, then simply top with mixed dried fruit and nuts. 

Overnight oats
Mix Greek yogurt with oats and a splash of almond milk and layer with frozen fruit such as mixed berries in a mason jar and leave in the fridge overnight. The frozen berries melt to create a sweet berry sauce, which combines perfectly with the creamy oats, making for a delicious breakfast that is ideal to grab on the go as it is prepared the night before. 

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