Friday, 10 June 2011

The Super Porridge

This is a secret recipe, so please, handle it with care.  It's something you can learn to love because, yes, it is slightly grey and strange, but it's a morning punch in the face full of good fats, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, fibre and only about 260 calories!  This idea or recipe was passed onto me by a clever colleague, who at the ripe age of 55, swears by this morning meal and by looking at his healthy face, I really believe him.  Here it is and really, it's porridge, but it's amazing.

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You will need for 1 serving:

*measurements are all approximations, measured as best as I could achieve

  • 25g of organic oats (approx. 3 tablespoons)
  • 1 tsp of ground black sesame
  • 1 tsp of ground almonds
  • 1 tsp of ground rye flakes
  • 1 tsp ground linseed/flaxseed
  • 1 tsp of ground walnuts
  • 150ml of water
  • 40ml of Oatly Organic Milk (optional, you can use other milks but bare in mind of calorie content)
  • 26 grams of natural dates (not sweetened, approx. 4pcs)
  • 10g of goji berries
  • 1 tbs of maple syrup

 

  1. Add all dry ingredients together in a saucepan, then add in water.
  2. Allow to cook on medium heat until oats are soft and mixture is creamy.  If you add the dates and goji berries earlier with the dry ingredients you'll find you'll add in less maple syrup as the natural sugars fuse in with the porridge!
  3. Add in maple syrup at the end and stir, then serve.

The reason why this combination is so great in the morning is because it's low calorie but really filling.  If you find this isn't enough, you can even have toast with this, or fruit or even a yoghurt. 

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Black sesame is extremely high in calcium and I've found by eating this five out of the seven days in the week, my nails have become really shiny and smooth, as if I've buffed them with a nail buffer! 
The linseeds are high in omega-3s (higher than those found in nasty fish oils), fatty acids, and antioxidants. 
The goji berries are extremely high in vitamin A which really helps with our eye sight.  Where I come from, goji berries are frequently featured in our dinners and it's only now that I've come to use them myself at breakfast! 

There are so many goodies in this porridge and you can really mix this up, but this is what I eat and I guess it's subject to change!
Other things you might want to think about changing up or adding, would be ground brazil nuts for selenium, raisins instead of dates, soya milk if you want it creamier and to add in more protein and omega, and/or natural raw cocoa powder for a delicious antioxidant hum. 

Again, I know it's just porridge, but if you want to change up your high calorie and boring porridge to something skinny and nutritionally dazzling then give this a try!

Tell me how it goes for you, and good luck!

Helen

3 comments:

  1. Yum, this looks so delicious!! I only have porridge with a few humble banana slices and maple syrup. Alas, not the bounty of goodness you have in your porridge!

    PS: In aid to your eating well plan, I thought I might suggest 'Graze'. They send you packages of healthy foods to your workplace so you dont snack, first one is free as well!

    MrMogable

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  2. Thanks for reading! And also, I get my graze box every Thursday too :P!!! xxx

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  3. I'm a bit stalkery sorry, ahha! I get mine too but I defy the point of graze: I always choose the unhealthy sutff, flapjacks...
    Jia Yo!

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