If you know me well you know will know that I absolutely love a good bowl of steaming hot porridge. I was brought up on the stuff and I think for a period in my life it was breakfast lunch and dinner.
I love that porridge, is simple to make, cheap, nourishing, readily accessible and you can literally top it with so many ingredients. I love to work my porridges in with the season. A while back I did a tasty peach and fig porridge, as well as a poached cinnamon pear one, rhubarb one, apple one. The possibilities are literally endless.
My new one is because it is strawberry season and when fruits or veggies are in season, they are really at their best and most nutritious, which also means your body will reap the benefits so much more than if they are flown in from a distant country.
Strawberry compot is ridiculously simple to make, all you need is a small sauce pan with a lid, half a lemon and something to sweeten (I used raw honey) but you can use coconut or maple syrup if vegan. Make your porridge oats how you normally do and then add this compot on top. A great idea for mixing up your breakkie routine.
Why is this breakkie good for you:
Strawberries are a lovely dose of vitamin C in their raw state, which is great for our immunity over winter and general cell health. These little chaps also act as antioxidants within our bodies, this means that they help control and destroy oxidising free radicals, which can cause many illnesses and diseases. Strawberries contain the mineral potassium which is essential for fluid and electrolyte balance in our body. Full of fibre which is great in aiding and helping our process of digestion.
Oats are brilliant slow release energy boosters, they are a great kick start your day. Containing a form of good soluble dietary fibre which can have beneficial effects (according to this book) on your cholesterol, blood pressure, blood glucose, satiety and your digestion.
Nuts and seeds are some of the best forms of vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant on the body, it helps protect our cell membranes and can improve our immunity. Nuts also contain a dose of magnesium which really helps our body relax, it aids repair of our muscles and can also help us sleep well. A good dose of potassium for fluid and electrolyte balance. Containing calcium for your bones, teeth formation, heart beat and muscle function. A handful of raw nuts can help fend off mid-morning or afternoon sugar cravings, opt for these instead of that choccie bar!
Lemon adds that extra boost of vitamin C for your immunity and helps to stimulate digestion.
Almond Milk is a great alternative lactose free version to dairy and goes so beautifully with porridge. There are some great ones on the markets and these guys seem to top the rest. Almonds have a great source of vitamin E which is hugely beneficial as an antioxidant in our body. The dose of magnesium will help your body repair and recover.
Enjoy trying this one, it is simple, warming and nourishing.