12-Jan

A recent article in the Metro highlighted that the number of children turning up to school hungry having not eaten breakfast, has increased over the past year. The survey conducted by Kellogg’s indicates that children are struggling to learn, as a result.

This blog post provides exciting and different variations to the well-known porridge breakfast; a perfect start to the morning which will warm you up in this cold weather we are currently experiencing! Porridge is also a huge energy provider – oats are full of nutrition, they are full of fibre, protein and B vitamins. It is also worth noting that oats are listed low on the glycemic index (GI) scale, which helps to regulate blood sugar.

The kids are sure to be excited by the different alternative flavours of porridge – providing great excitement each morning!

Start with the basic recipe…

Standard Porridge Recipe

160 g rolled oats
600 ml milk, soya milk or water
pinch of salt

Stir together the oats and milk / water in a pan over a medium heat with a wooden spoon until the desired consistency has been reached.

…THEN…

Just take a look at how different toppings can be added to change the flavour of your porridge – taking it to a whole new level!

Blackberry & Apple

Grate an apple and stir through the oat mixture with 3 tablespoons of honey.

Squish a few blackberries and combine with the porridge, leaving a few for decoration on the top if you wish.

Banana, almond and cinnamon

Toast 30g flaked almonds on a non-stick frying pan for 3-4 minutes.

Stir half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon and 3 tablespoons of maple syrup into the porridge mix.

Peel and slice 2 bananas and place on top with the flaked almonds.

Yummy!

Lazy Lamington

Near the end of cooking the basic porridge recipe, stir in one teaspoon of cocoa powder, a teaspoon of honey, and one tablespoon of shredded coconut.

Other ideas for toppings / ingredients to stir into the porridge: nuts, figs, seeds, peanut butter, nutella (for those with a sweet tooth!), raisins, a selection of different berries also works well.

To read the Metro article, follow the link here > http://bit.ly/1AvWVJu