Porridge Inspiration

We all know that porridge is good for us. Its a wholegrain, and we’re advised to eat 3 portions 19805888_sof wholegrains a day, so porridge in the morning is one ticked off the list! I’d go so far as to say its a superbreakfast! Its a great source of slow releasing energy, it can help lower our cholesterol, maintain blood sugar levels and decrease blood pressure to name but a few health benefits. It also keeps us fuller for longer, compared to several other breakfast cereals so, a great tool if you’re trying to watch your waistline.

The only thing is……………………….. it can be SO BORING!

You’ve all probably seen the porridge pots and sachets that are available. The plain / original ones are fantastic and convenient but, the flavored ones tend to be high in sugar. Its much better to flavour them yourself. So, I thought I’d get some ideas together to transform your porridge and inspire you to try something different!

Fruit

Basically, any fruit tends to go well with porridge, but, don’t restrict yourself to the predictable banana and berries. Keep in mind that frozen, tinned (in its own juice), stewed or dried fruit is a great option, it doesn’t have to be fresh.

  • Pineapple – its a great source of vitamin C and gives us a zesty zing to porridge

  • Figs – naturally very sweet. Full of fibre, potassium and iron

  • Mandarins – adds lovely texture and vitamins A & C

  • Pomegranate – I love pomegranate and its so simple to use now that you can buy the seeds in a container

  • Passion fruit – gives you a crunch and a zing

  • Coconut – I use desiccated for ease!

  • Grated apple

  • Dried cranberries (Christmas themed!)

Vegetables (yes, you did read it right!)

I know it sounds strange but don’t knock it before you’ve tried it! I was a cynic until I gave it a chance!

  • Shredded carrots – packed with vitamins and naturally sweet

Nuts & Seeds

Any nuts or seeds can be used to give a lovely crunchy texture but don’t buy the salted ones! Its also worth remembering that nuts are high in calories so not a good idea to have every day if you’re trying to lose weight.

  • Almonds

  • Macadamia

  • Cashew

  • Brazils

  • Walnuts

  • Sunflower seeds

  • Pumpkin seeds

  • Peanut butter

Flavours

  • Vanilla extract

  • Mint leaves

  • Cinnamon

  • Nutmeg

  • Ground cardamon

  • Ginger

  • Mixed spice

  • Ground coriander seeds

  • Compote or jam

  • Chocolate chips / shavings

  • Nutella (if you’re indulging)

  • Honeycomb (if you’re not watching your waistline!)

You can even make porridge with water, half water and milk, creme fraiche or natural yoghurt. the other great option is ‘overnight oats’ – check out my recipe page for a delicious take on this.

Why not try a combination of a few of these ideas, one of my favourite combinations are raisins, pecans and shredded carrot! I also like dark chocolate shavings and cherries – the combinations are endless!