Porridge is one of the best breakfasts to enjoy over winter because it’s filling, fuelling and, most importantly, warming. Oats are high in fibre, protein, manganese (nearly twice the recommended daily intake!) and a number of other vitamins and nutrients. They’re also rich in antioxidants and are a powerful brain food, so eating them in the mornings is great for cognitive function throughout the day. Once you’ve whipped up your standard bowl of porridge (using oats and either water or your favourite kind of milk), then how about trying some of these topping ideas?
Bananas are a great addition to breakfast because of their slow-release carbs, meaning they’ll keep you fuller for longer. Add in a small chopped up banana and a handful of your favourite berries (strawberries, raspberries and blackberries are all good choices). Finish with a sprinkling of shaved coconut for some added sweetness without the processed sugar.
Peach, Blueberry & Cardamom
Blueberries are an excellent addition to any meal as they’re so rich in antioxidants and good for your brain. We added an extra depth of flavour with cardamom (great for any spice lovers) and then a little sweetness with some sliced peaches (you could use fresh or tinned).
If you’re trying to be healthy then the chances are that cake isn’t often on the menu. However, you can enjoy all the taste of your favourite cakes but without all the calories. Top your porridge with some grated carrot, raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg and chopped walnuts. Not only will you slip in some extra veggies, but a spiced recipe is a lovely one for this time of year.
Sometimes, the simplest of things are the best and you don’t need to pack your porridge with everything in your cupboard in order to spruce it up a little. Simply add in some vanilla essence or extract for a little sweetness and then add flaked and chopped almonds for texture and for healthy fats.
Chocolate Peanut Butter
If you’re a chocoholic and can’t go a day without your favourite food group then you can work it in to your porridge! Add a dollop of peanut butter and a couple of squares of dark chocolate when it’s piping hot so that they both start to go all melty and gooey. Add in some blueberries if you like, for some added vitamins.
There’s nothing better for this time of year than apple so a spiced porridge take on an apple pie is warming and perfectly seasonal. And you know what they say, an apple a day keeps the doctor away! Add some finely sliced apple, chopped pecans, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar to your bowl of porridge for a tasty winter warmer.