Even if you don’t subscribe to the popular maxim hailing it as the most important meal of the day, it’s always a fine idea to eat a good breakfast. Whereas the wrong breakfast will see you smash your daily sugar allowance before you’ve started work and raid the snack drawer by 11am, the right one provides the energy and nutrition you need to knock the first half of the day out of the park.
Porridge is the right kind of breakfast. Those wholegrain oats are packed with vitamins, minerals and fibre, and provides slow-release energy that will see you chugging through to lunch. Plus, the milk gives you a decent protein hit. But it’s hardly the most inspiring meal and its high carb content means that it can cause a spike in your blood sugar levels. Thankfully, there’s a simple solution that will help to regulate your blood sugar while also making the dish more delicious. Adding cinnamon to a carb-based meal can prevent blood sugar spikes, according to a study in the journal Nutrition And Metabolism. Even better, add half a scoop of protein powder to your porridge mix along with a handful of blueberries for an antioxidant boost and you’ve got a quick, tasty muscle-building meal.
Ginger Spice Porridge
Ingredients (serves three to four)
- 1 cup (240g) buckwheat flakes
- 1 cup (240g) oats
- 3 cups (480g) almond milk
- ½ cup (120g) water
- Pinch of ground cardamom
- Pinch of salt
- Orange zest
- Splash of maple syrup
- 1tsp turmeric
- 1tsp ginger
- Pinch of black pepper
- Pinch of cinnamon
- 1tsp coconut oil
- In a pan, gently heat the coconut oil with the turmeric, ginger and pepper.
- Add the almond milk, buckwheat, oat flakes and salt. Heat gently, stirring occasionally until it is all well mixed.
- I like adding more spices such as cardamom and cinnamon at the end, but this is entirely up to your tastes.
- Divide the porridge into bowls then top it off with the orange zest and maple syrup. You can also add some coconut yogurt, pistachios, berries or seasonal fruits.
Energy-Boosting Porridge Recipe
- 50g porridge oats
- 200ml milk. Milk is packed with muscle-building protein and calcium, which helps your body to metabolise fat efficiently.
- 1tbsp manuka honey. Manuka honey contains methylglyoxal, an antibacterial agent that helps the body to fight infection.
- 2tbsp pecan nuts, halved. Pecan nuts are high in heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, as well as providing another hit of protein.
- Handful of blueberries. Blueberries offer pterostilbene, a compound that helps the body break down fat and lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.
Put the milk and oats in a pan. Cook over a medium heat for eight to ten minutes, stirring occasionally. Top with the remaining ingredients and serve immediately.