Porridge, the new Superfood?
Once upon a time, oats were ordinary. They were – to steal a phrase from Goldilocks - either too hot, too cold, or ‘just right.’ But today porridge has been elevated to ‘oat’ cuisine; even Pret now sells a ‘Five Grain Porridge’ with oats, quinoa, amaranth, flaxseeds and coconut water. So how do you get the most from your oats? Read on.
Sprinkled with bee pollen, made savoury with kale and egg or soaked overnight and eaten raw (#overnightoats) pictures of creamy oats are, inevitably, all over Instagram. And the benefits go beyond a pretty post.
Oats are low in sugar, high in protein and contain beta-glucans – powerful immune stimulants. Plus, eating porridge can also lift the libido in both men and women by balancing testosterone and oestrogen levels. Thanks to the high B6 content, oats can also help boost serotonin levels (that’s the happy neurotransmitter) and a Harvard study of more than 100,00 people found those who had a 28g helping of wholegrains daily, cut their risk of premature death
Here at Honestly Healthy we have been perfecting our porridge recipes. Check out these four wholesome variations.
Energy Boosting Porridge: Made with a superfood powder - containing maca, lucuma, cacao and hemp protein - this delicious bowl is perfect post gym.
Immune Boosting Porridge: This spicy warming porridge is ideal for an autumnal boost. Plus, the slow release energy from the oats - and cinnamon to stop sugar cravings - will keep you satiated until lunch.
Matcha Green Tea Porridge: Short for time? Have your morning brew in this green bowl of goodness. Matcha has 137 times more antioxidants than regular green tea.
Raw Buckwheat Porridge: By soaking and activating the buckwheat and linseeds, you are breaking down certain proteins, allowing the goodness to be more easily absorbed.