This is actually not a recipe but it is a tip, how to have a delicious and incredibly nutritious breakfast, that is easy to make and always on hand. We all hate those mornings when hunger strikes and we have nothing to eat. No bread or spread, and we are too hungry or lazy to go to the store first. I don’t know about you but on a lazy Sunday morning, I would rather bake a fresh bread loaf from scratch, than get my self to go to the store. I actually do that sometimes and I have come up with an incredible recipe for a buckwheat bread that takes less than an hour from “make to bake”. Anyways, for the mornings when you don’t feel like baking bread but you want something warm and nourishing, porridge is just perfect.
What is porridge?
Porridge is a food commonly eaten as a breakfast cereal dish, made by boiling ground, crushed or chopped starchy plants—typically grain—in water or milk.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porridge
Thanks, Wikipedia, your food articles are so unappealing, you are giving us food bloggers a fair chance. So everything we need is some kind of grain to cook in water or milk. The most common type of grain used in porridge is oat. This kind of porridge is also called oatmeal.
What do I need to make porridge?
I would suggest you always keep a package of rolled oats in your pantry. Rolled oats are also very useful for baking, making patties, homemade plant milk, etc. They are so versatile and they will also make your porridge. I always cook my porridge in water for up to 10 minutes. I use two parts of water for one part of oats, but you can make your porridge as thick or thin as you like. You can also use plant-based milk instead of water if you really want to. However, I think it’s a waste because it doesn’t do much for the taste, which we will take care of next.
How to make it taste good?
Let’s be honest, plain porridge doesn’t taste like much. Some people even say it tastes like sawdust. So now I’m going to share with you what are my top tips on making it taste good. The most basic thing you can and should add to your porridge is fruit. I always keep a bag of frozen forest fruits in my freezer and I mix them into the porridge at the end of cooking to thaw. Second, mix in some fresh fruits like diced apple or grapes. Fresh fruit gives it a little bit of bite and freshness.
How to make it sweet?
If you have come to this blog, I suppose you won’t just use table sugar to sweeten your porridge, although raw cane sugar is not such a bad choice. When people try to use less sugar, they tend to buy things like maple or agave syrup. These things can be quite expensive and processed. My go-to sweetener, the most healthy, simple and affordable are the good old fresh or dried dates. You can make your homemade date paste in no time, just follow this silly simple recipe here. Just stir some of the date paste into the porridge and don’t worry, you won’t taste the dates if you’re not a huge fan. You can also use diced dates or other dried fruit of your choice.
How to make it too good to be a porridge?
Did you think to yourself, Zana, I can see this is not just fruit and dates on your porridge? You’re right. I love to add a tablespoon of natural soy yogurt on top of my porridge to make it even fresher and to give it a tang. I then finish it off with a few nuts or seeds, to give it a crunch. Slivered almonds are perfect for this job. And there is a tablespoon of fruit jam also hiding on top. It’s totally optional, but I like the kind of sweet and sour taste of it. I also have a recipe for a homemade 100% fruit jam made in 10 minutes.
Can I make it even more nutritious?
I must admit, porridge is actually lunch for me. I don’t eat early in the morning, but when I get hungry I make myself something that will keep me full until well into the afternoon. So technically this qualifies as breakfast. That is why I also like to add a tablespoon full of ground flaxseed, to take care of those omega 3’s early in the day. And this is how one simple porridge, becomes an ultimate meal, taking care of a huge chunk of your daily needs, ticking off quite a few boxes in Dr. Greger’s Daily Dosen list.
Breakfast is not a time
Don’t forget that eating is not something with a schedule and the socially agreed times to eat don’t need to be the same for everyone. Always eat when you’re hungry. Don’t eat just because it’s time to. I eat breakfast at noon, so what. Realizing that has saved me a lot of time, money and has helped me lose weight.
When do you eat your breakfast? What do you eat for breakfast?
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