Posted by Corine
Getting out of the door on time in the morning is a real struggle for me… and I am sure for many of you too! You see, I love my sleep and I can happily snooze for 10 hours every single night so when the alarm goes off in the morning I press the reset button over and over again… when I finally manage to make it to the bathroom, shower, get dressed and I am done with tarting myself up… then I am already late and there is no time left for breakfast whatsoever! Of course I end up feeling terrible all morning and my only option to function until lunchtime is to eat nasty sugary biscuits on the tube or at my desk…Well that’s how I used to be until my skin started breaking out like mad! It was the wake-up call I needed to make time for breakfast as I had to cut down on sugar. Remembering my parents telling me as a kid that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, I managed to get out of bed on time and it was well worth the effort : less pimples, massive boost of energy and generally more healthy all year around!
Indeed Carole and I thought it would be a good idea to share every month our quick (time is always of the essence!) and healthy breakfasts with you. I am starting this first one with a true British breakfast favourite: porridge! A warm bowl of porridge is a great way to start your day as it is packed with nutrients that will keep you going all morning and it also contains beta-glucan and antioxidants which can help lower blood sugar, cholesterol levels, help digestion and prevent skin irritation. However its thickness and blandness are not to everyone’s liking and I must admit that I struggled a little when I first tried it. However by following a few simple tricks, porridge is now one of my favourite brekkie!
1 – Find your porridge! There are many different brands out there so try to shop around a little to see which one you like the best. It took me and my husband a few months to elect our ‘household porridge’… and the winner is the very basic and cheap Scott’s Porage Oats Original. It has a really light texture once cooked and a 1KG box lasts us a while!
2 – Ditch the dairy as there is no need to cook your porridge with cow milk! So keep it low-fat and avoid an upset hyper-sensitive tummy by replacing cow milk with unsweetened coconut, almond or cashew milk. They will all add a great flavour to your porridge and also give it a light creamy texture!
3 – Balance the bland taste with berries! Unless you want to make that heavy duty porridge even more thick and plain (and boring), please do not add a freaking banana to it! Instead generously sprinkle blueberries and raspberries. The acidity of the fruits will make your gluey porridge much more bearable, especially at 7:00 in the morning!
4 – Add crunchiness! By simply adding a few walnuts, hazelnuts or almonds to the mixture, it will feel like you are eating an adult meal… and not baby food!
5 – Keep your sweet tooth under control and do not pour gallons of syrup or honey on your porridge! A small spoon of Manuka honey can be added now and then to boost your immunity but try not to overdo it as your bowl of porridge is already packed with nutrients and some sugars if you have it with fruits. Instead try adding a pinch of cinnamon for a sweet flavour without any sugar!
Did you know? Instant porridge is fine as long as you stay well away from the flavoured and sweetened options – they are packed with nasty and unnecessary added sugars. Of course they are convenient for a quick fix but please remember that it is absolutely fine to microwave your regular porridge to save time or if you do not have a stove at hand. If you invest in a £4.99 Sistema Microwave Noodle Bowl (with lid) you can poor some porridge, coconut milk, fruits and nuts before you rush through the door in the morning, get to work, microwave it and you can enjoy a nice healthy brekkie at your desk… and you will be ready to rock the day!
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