5 WAYS TO UPGRADE YOUR PORRIDGE OATS.
When my alarm clock goes off at 5am, my first thought is… food!
But, at that time of the morning I can’t be bothered to faff around, so my breakfast must be quick and easy to make.
Sometimes I don’t get the chance to eat again until dinner time, so it’s got to be filling too.
That’s why oats are my breakfast of choice. They tick both of those boxes, and more!
They keep me satisfied throughout the morning.
They are quick and easy to make.
They are full of calcium to help maintain healthy bones.
They contain vitamin A which helps boost your immune system.
They give you carbohydrates for energy.
Are low in saturated fat, contain no sugar, cholesterol or salt.
The only downside to kick-starting every morning with a bowl of porridge is that, if you don’t mix it up with different flavourings/toppings, it can get very tedious very quickly.
So here are 5 ways to enjoy oats and have you craving more:
Perfect for the colder mornings. Add almonds and cinnamon to keep your heart healthy. Try this recipe…
50g wholegrain rolled oats
50g ground almonds
1 tsp cinnamon
250ml almond milk
Drizzle of maple syrup
Sprinkle of pumpkin seeds
Sprinkle of sunflower seeds
Large hand full of fresh strawberries (or whatever fruit is in season)
Dollop of Greek yogurt
Measure out the oats and almonds and tip both into a saucepan.
Add the cinnamon and milk, stir and cook over a medium/low heat, stirring regularly for about 10 minutes until nice and thick.
Pour cooked porridge into a bowl then add any or all of the optional toppings.
- OVERNIGHT OATS
My favourite, overnight oats take a few minutes to knock up and are ready to eat immediately the next morning. If your goal is to lose weight and burn fat then add yoghurt, blueberries and flaxseeds.
½ cup wholegrain rolled oats
⅔ cup water
½ cup greek yogurt
1 tablespoon flaxseed
blueberries and pecans for toppings
In an individual food storage container, add the ingredients in the order listed (except for toppings). Stir and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning, stir up the mixture again; and add the toppings
Smoothies are great for a pre workout meal. They are easy to digest and don’t feel too heavy on your stomach. Try this Oatmeal Cinnamon Raisin Cookie Smoothie for an energy boosting pre workout shake.
1 cup Silk unsweetened organic soymilk
1 large banana, sliced and frozen
3 tbsp wholegrain rolled oats
2 tbsp raisins
¾ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp vanilla extract
1 scoop protein powder
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until completely smooth and creamy.
- BREAKFAST BARS
These Oatmeal Superfood Breakfast Bars are loaded with healthy ingredients like oats, pumpkin seeds and blueberries.
2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup slivered almonds
4 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 scoop Vanilla Whey Protein
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup fresh organic blueberries
1/4 cup of almond milk
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350°.Line 9 x 9 baking pan with parchment paper, lightly grease with coconut oil.
Add all ingredients in to food processor until completely combined and wet, this may take several minutes.
Pour into prepared pan and smooth out with off set spatula until evenly spread.Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Combine ingredients in medium bowl and stir to combine.
Removing pan from oven, spread topping evenly over and lightly press down into base.
Bake an additional 15 minutes
- BREAKFAST MUFFINS
If you like muffins on a morning then you have to try these Raspberry Blender Muffins. They are so easy to make…
1 cup / 100g rolled oats
2 large ripe bananas
2 large eggs
1 cup greek yogurt
3 tbsp honey
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1 cup / 125g fresh or frozen raspberry
Preheat the oven to 390f / 180c. Line a muffin tray with muffin cases and spray them with a little spray oil.
Put all the ingredients except the raspberries into a blender or food processor and blitz until all combined. Stir in half the raspberries.
Pour the mixture into the muffin cases, filling 3/4 full. Top with the remaining raspberries.
Bake in the oven for between 15 – 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Remove from the muffin tins and allow to cool on a wire rack.