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This is where it all began for me. Making time to have a simple healthy breakfast. I didn’t realise what an impact it could have on eating habits for the rest of the day, on energy levels and on mood.
It’s a very simple breakfast, which people are probably fed up of hearing about, but it is such a healthy start to the day, it is worth giving it a go. I’m going to take you through the easiest way of making it.
Difficulty to prepare: Easy
1 cup milk
1/2 cup oats
Put the ingredients in a small saucepan, bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 4-5 minutes while stirring, until it reaches your preferred consistency.
Pour into a bowl and add your favourite toppings. These are endless! My favourite mix is blueberries, crushed flaxseed, cinnamon and goji berries. If I need a little extra energy, I’ll add some banana.
Milk – there are so many varieties of milk available. All provide an excellent source of nutrition and have very different tastes. Almond is high in calcium, coconut is high in essential fatty acids, brown rice milk, quinoa and hemp milk are all high in protein. I recommend products made by Rude Health or Ecomil. Be patient until you find the one for you.
Oats – buy organic if you can. There are many different types of oats including gluten free. Buy the best quality to suit your budget, it does make a difference. These are the ones I like to use.
Oats are high in fibre, cholesterol lowering and fantastic for blood sugar balancing. For an easy to digest porridge, soak your oats the night before and rinse before cooking, you can also soak nuts/seeds and goji berries.
For sweetness, add either maple syrup or raw honey.
Personalise Your Porridge
Choose from almonds, dried apricots (dark), bananas, brazil nuts, cinnamon, coconut, damsons, figs, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, cranberries, raisins, sultanas, dates, flaxseed, cacao powder, blueberries, raspberries, kiwi, mango, strawberries, apple, maca powder, nut butters, pecans, walnuts, or prunes.
You can actually tailor your porridge to suit your health needs, then it becomes a really powerful start to your day… food for thought!