Porridge – otherwise known as Oats…
Ohh God but it’s bland.. Yes it is supposed to be the perfect breakfast – Fibre, cholesterol lowering, long lasting slow release energy Blah, blah, blah… But that so doesn’t make it exciting! I mean, really – Look at this stuff. Grey unappealing mush! No wonder children and adults alike have resisted eating it…
In an effort to get us to eat more of the stuff over the last few years all the big boys in the cereal industry have been trying to jazz it up to make it more palatable … modern favoured oats are loaded with sugar and all sorts of other stuff in an effort to make it taste less like wood shavings and more like fruit loops. While all this industrial food tinkering does make it taste much more delightful .. all that extra sugar and other stuff isn’t doing our waistlines or blood sugar levels any favours… No matter how many Heart Foundation ticks you cover the box with…
The other problem is that Oats don’t contain a great deal of protein.. and protein is part of what helps us to feel full for longer, so that’s why after a sachet of tasty honey and brown sugar oats at 8.30am, you are ravenous by 9.45am and looking to chew your desk leg off just to cure the hunger pangs.
Bringing out the best in Breakfast
I have a long history with eating oats for “breakfast” (My breakfast time is whenever I feel hungry) and after a lot of playing with my food I have found a way to make this soggy cardboard-like stuff taste great and keep me full for an impressively long time AND you don’t need a sack of sugar to do it…
Strawberry Shortcake Breakfast Porridge
1/3 cup of quick oats (Plain, Unflavoured)
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
1/2 a punnet of strawberries – chopped
Sprinkle of cinnamon
Water and/or milk
To make up I boil the jug and pour enough hot water over the oats that they are just soaked and not much. Stir the oats into the water until well mixed then put in the microwave on high for 30 seconds. Take out and stir and check that they are not dry, add more water (or milk) and stir again, put back in the nuke for another 30 secs. When you take the oats out this time they should be kind of a gluey to sloppy consistency… sprinkle on the cinnamon and your protein powder and stir it all in adding a little more milk or water if the mixture becomes to stiff/dry. Now just Put your strawberries on the top and you are good to go.
The vanilla protein powder adds flavour and sweetness as does the cinnamon and the strawberries add sweetness and freshness. This is a seriously healthy breakfast and it takes about the same time as using a sachet or burning some toast… Give it a crack.
Variation: Use grated apple and raisins instead of strawberries and you have breakfast apple crumble .. Oh God YUM!!!!