My favourite porridge
Although I tend to change with the seasons, I am happy to have much the same breakfast each day - this has been my favourite over winter. It includes the easy baked pears featured last week and is so good it is enough to get me out of bed on a cold winter’s morning. The bonus is that it gives me such a head start on nutrients for the day; fibre from oats, omega 3 fats from walnuts, antioxidants from blueberries (great for the brain and much needed!) , all the selenium I need in a day from the brazil nuts, ginger for digestion, calcium from the milk……. the list goes on! If you love porridge, you will love this “posh” version!
Time to make 10 minutes
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup trim or calcitrim milk
3/4 cup water
2 brazil nuts, chopped
2 large or 3 medium pieces of crystalline ginger, finely chopped
1/2 banana, chopped
1/2 baked pear (see separate recipe)
small handful of blueberries (frozen or fresh)
1. In a large bowl or jug put oats, milk, water, brazil nuts and ginger. Microwave for 4 minutes on high
2. Add banana and microwave for another 3 minutes on high. Pour into bowl and top with pears, blueberries and walnuts. Eat plain or with a dollop of yoghurt.
When you cook porridge with milk it takes longer to cook than with just water.
If you use wholegrain oats it takes even longer.
Healthy habits – apply to other breakfasts
- go for a high fibre, low fat and unsweetened cereal – oats are perfect!
- include low fat milk or yoghurt – gives a head start on your calcium requirements
- include 2 brazil nuts – gives you all the selenium you need in a day
- include fruit – vitamin C rich fruit like berries help the iron in the cereal to be absorbed
- top with walnuts – they are rich in valuable omega 3 nuts