In England, it is very common to start the day with a delicious and energetic porridge of oats and, for a few years, this custom has become very popular all over the world. We tell you what benefits the famous porridge has for breakfast.
Although the recipe indeed comes from England, in our country it is known as porridge and has been consumed for decades in different traditional elaborations. The so-called porridge or porridge is a dish with a high nutritional value that helps control weight and provides more than enough energy to start the day. Take note of why you should start including porridge in your breakfasts.
What is porridge?
Surely you have seen on Instagram hundreds of healthy breakfast bowls based on fruits, nuts or seeds on a kind of porridge. Porridge is simply that, a kind of porridge based on oatmeal cooked in water or milk, either of animal or vegetable origin (oatmeal, coconut, rice, soy …). Traditionally it is oatmeal but it can also be made with other cereals such as quinoa or buckwheat.
They are very colorful and very healthy dishes that can vary every day simply by replacing one fruit with another, adding dark chocolate, cinnamon, different seeds … so each breakfast can be different but just as healthy.
In the case of porridge, you can choose between large or small flakes depending on personal preferences because the finish once cooked will be more or less soft depending on what you use.
Being a dish with slow-absorbed carbohydrates, blood glucose levels remain stable thus preventing insulin spikes that cause excess sugar to accumulate in the body as fat. In addition to being a very good option for effective weight control, energy levels are also maintained for a longer time so it is a great breakfast to drink before training.
To avoid an increase in caloric intake, moderate the number of nuts and avoid sweetening your porridge with refined sugar. You can add honey in moderation, agave syrup, panela or take advantage of the sweetness provided by foods such as cinnamon, banana or dates.
Porridge is a dish very rich in soluble fiber and beta-glucan. Improves intestinal transit and helps eliminate toxins and waste substances in the body reduce cholesterol thanks to the absorption of beta-glucan and are highly satiating. It is low in fat and a great source of vitamins of group B and E, and minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. Have you already convinced yourself that it is an ideal option for breakfast?
How to make porridge at home
Preparing porridge is very simple and we are sure that once you start taking it in the morning you will not imagine starting the day without it.
- 5 tablespoons oat flakes
- 1 cup of milk (the one you like)
- Fruit (a handful of red fruits, banana, kiwi, apple …)
- Nuts and seeds (nuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds …)
- Spices to taste (cinnamon, star anise …)
- Optional sweetener (agave syrup, date syrup, honey, panela …)
Preparation: Put the milk in a saucepan with the oat flakes and bring it to the fire. Leave it on medium heat, stirring the oatmeal to prevent sticking. When it starts to boil, lower the heat and let it cook for 5 minutes while stirring, you can add the sweetener you have chosen and the spices at this time. Pour your porridge in a bowl and add the fruit, nuts, and seeds of your choice above. Let temper and enjoy it!