When we think about exciting breakfasts, porridge isn't one of the first dishes that spring to mind. At first glance, you'd be forgiven for thinking porridge is a boring meal. After all, it usually just looks like white mush in a bowl. But it's about time that changed because porridge is by far one of the most superior morning meals out there and if you get it from somewhere that knows what they're doing, you're onto a winner. Here, we've found four perfect porridges that will get you through any morning.
1. There are so many different varieties
Once you do a little more research you'll be surprised at how much variety there is. There are sweet and savoury porridges, overnight oats, vegetarian and vegan porridges and even different kinds of porridge inspired by countries all around the world. Take Cantonese congee, for example, a rice porridge that is often eaten with many savoury foodstuffs - including chicken. At Crystal Jade Kitchen they even serve it with scallops, egg, seafood, beef or shredded duck. The porridge possibilities are endless!
2. Porridge gives you enough energy to get you through the day
When it comes to breakfasts that keep you fuller for longer, few can compete with porridge. In just one cup of oatmeal, there's almost 30 grams of carbohydrates, offering a burst of energy that lingers until well into the afternoon. Adding extras into your porridge - such as fruits and seeds - will make this energy last even longer. Perhaps this is why breakfast café Kitchen by Food Rebel have created a special Buckwheat and Cashew Butter Porridge, a gluten-free and vegan breakfast that releases energy slowly to make sure you have enough energy to get through the morning without snacking.
3. Porridge is low in calories
If you're looking to lose weight, then swapping one of your usual meals for a bowl of porridge could really help. Though most porridges are thick and creamy, they are actually incredibly low in calories, as well as low in fat. One cup of cooked oatmeal has a total of just 159 calories and, sure to keep you full for longer, will stop you from snacking too. And why not add extra healthiness to your morning muesli, like they have at Wild Honey? Their Swiss breakfast of homemade bircher muesli and oats contains sour cream, almonds, apples, raisins and raspberries for a delicious yet diet-friendly morning meal.
4. Porridge is packed full of nutrients
In addition to carbohydrates, healthy fats and a low calorie count, porridge is also filled with nutrients. Most porridge recipes contain a significant amount of phosphorus, which your body uses to fortify your bones. There's also iron in most porridges, as well as a generous heaping of B-complex vitamins. These nutrients help to support your metabolism and keep your red blood cells in tip-top shape. At Haakon Superfoods & Juice you can have your oats on-the-go in the form of smoothies. The Breakfast Smoothie is just brimming with almond butter, soy, whey protein and banana, so treat your body!
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