In true Scots fashion I love starting the day with porridge. It’s easy and no faff to make, but what if I told you that on its own it might not as healthy as you think?
I know you are asking yourself: "What are you saying that porridge isn’t the healthiest food on the planet" - how blasphemous!!
I know, but I have a tendency to bust nutritional myths over at Super Naturally Healthy.
First there is good stuff about porridge, its whole grain and tends to have very little crap in it if we make it from scratch. Plus its 100 per cent natural, so, of course, those are positive factors.
The down side is it often contains gluten which causes lots of bloating and digestive issues, is made by most people with only water or skimmed milk topped with golden syrup which means we are not getting fat or protein just lots of carbohydrate which equals a morning sugar rush and a hungry belly by 10am!
I used to eat porridge all the time and I was always hungry an hour or so later, even after a massive bowl!
So whats missing?
That would be fat.
So, here is my Super Naturally Healthy take on a Scottish classic, think of it as super charged porridge, or super hero porridge that will keep you full for ages, help reduce inflammation and give you lasting energy that we all want. Here is why:
Coconut is a great source of fats, specifically MCT’s - multi chain tryglyercide’s - which have been shown to help boost you metabolism, help heal your body and keep you energised without the espresso (although I feel like espresso porridge might be quite tasty?)
The chia seeds are a full of omega 3 fatty acids which are amazing at hydrating the body, reducing inflammation, supporting joint health and helping you have strong happy skin to boot.
Plus the cinnamon helps stabilise blood sugar and oats give you those tasty carbs to fuel your day.
All in all - speedy and tasty.
And if your wondering why I have used the word ‘healthy’ and ‘fats’ so many time in this blog post then make sure you check out my 5 Myths About Fat.
• 100g gluten free oats
• 1 tbsp chia seeds
• 200ml coconut milk (or other milk)
• 1/8 tsp vanilla powder
• 1/2 tsp cinnamon
• a pinch salt
• topped with almond or peanut butter and berries/banana slices
Optional - the night before soak the oats and chia seeds in about 3-500ml water with a pinch of salt in it, drain water before cooking. this makes it more digestible and the nutrient more available.
When ready to eat place all the ingredients in a pan and heat up on medium heat for about 2-3 minutes.
Add more water or milk for a runnier porridge or things like honey to make it sweeter.