Porridge, or oatmeal, is a great go-to breakfast as it’s super convenient, cheap and will keep you full for a good few hours thanks to the slow-release of energy from the oats. However, plain porridge is one of the most bland meals you’ll ever have, I know when I was younger I would sprinkle it with sugar just to get some flavour! Although I still don’t enjoy ordinary porridge, I have now discovered healthier ways of making this morning staple more exciting.
- Top with a warmed berry compote: Simply heat around 50g of your chosen berry (e.g. blueberries/raspberries/strawberries) in a frying pan for a few minutes until they melt and start to form a sauce. Then drizzle over your pre-cooked porridge.
2. Add nut butter: Not only are nuts a source of healthy fats, but they are also rich in protein, making this is a particularly great choice for vegetarians or vegans. One thing to watch out for though is the added sugar that’s in a lot of store bought varieties. I would always try to go as natural as possible, using brands with the fewest ingredients, such as meridian, which do peanut butter as well as almond, cashew, hazelnut, macadamia, brazil nut, pecan; basically any nut you could ever want in a butter form.
3. Add one scoop of protein powder: Adding this whilst cooking your oats is not only the most delicious way to get a source of protein into your morning meal, but it also means that you’ll be fuller for longer. My current favourite protein powder is salted caramel whey from quest nutrition, which you can order here.