My Ode To Porridge and The Best Protein Porridge Recipe

I’ve got a few favourite meals/food such as sweet potatoes, kale, spinach and salmon but there is a very special place for one item in my ‘heart’, porridge. Yeah, I’ve got a little thing for it going on… Porridge is definitely on the top of my food triangle and if I could I would live on it for 24/7. Holla over to Mark, a guy who in 2013, ate porridge every morning and after that decided to do so forever. God Bless You My Brother!

Let me put it out there…If you don’t like porridge there is seriously something wrong with you!!!

On top of being cheap, easy-to-prepare and packed with full of benefits (see below), porridge/oats/oatmeal is such a versatile ingredient and you could easily prepare a 3 course meal with it – YES I’ve already tried! Although I must admit… I haven’t tried porridge with kale YET but it’s on my culinary to-cook list.

My Porridge – My Fuel – #MyGoal

Bowl of porridge happiness is the ultimate pre-race food for me. I don’t think I’ve ever had something else before a race. It keeps me fuelled for a good bag of miles. If I travel places I always buy these little magic sachets – total life-savers!

Why Porridge

Okay so why the hell you should have a bowl of porridge every morning… Well folks over at Harvard University discovered that whole grains such as oats may be the key to living longer as they could protect the heart against disease. And to back it up with some numbers;

people who ate a diet rich in whole-grains were about 15% less likely to die from heart disease (source)

I won’t bother you with all the healthy benefits as you can simply Google them but if you’re too lazy you must check this article and first reason (scroll down – the benefits are below the image) 😉

Here are some of my reasons why I eat porridge and you should too;

  • It’s cheap!!! £0.69 for 500g is a bargain
  • You can cook/make it anywhere and the only thing you need it how water – not even boiled! Yes, I tried it when I was in Moscow! You know, the luxury of having a kettle in the room was nowhere to be seen so I had to improvise and it worked. Just let it soak for a bit longer.
  • You won’t snack on bad stuff
  • 2 minute dinner! When I can’t be bothered to cook in the evening I turn to porridge
  • Super-versatile – make it sweet or savoury with cheese, etc. you won’t ever regret it
  • It’s food of rich and famous – I couldn’t care less but I thought I would put it out here… So Bear Grills, Nelson Mandela, Bill Gates,Kate Moss, Obama and many more are all copy cats of my morning porridge bfast! Check the full list here

And some crazy stuff you didn’t know about porridge;

  • When making porridge you’re not supposed to stir the pot widdershins, or anti-clockwise – it invites the Devil and brings bad luck. Instead you stir sunwise, or clockwise, and with the right hand (LOOOL)
  • Porridge can literally stop you feeling sad. It helps the brain produce serotonin, a feel-good hormone which can keep our spirits up and appetites down.
  • Porridge oats were found in the stomachs of 5,000-year-old bodies preserved in bogs in central Europe and Scandinavia
  • Each morning, the Queen’s breakfast table is laid out with cornflakes and porridge oats

 

The Return of THE Porridge Cafe

Let me tell you one thing…porridge can be as damn delicious as any breakfast out there. Porridge is a very personal business, guess you can tell since I’ve gone on about it for the better part of a few hundred words so when guys over the Porridge Cafe opened their first pop-up in London I had to go. Here’s what they seduced me with…

My favourite meal - porridge - this one is from Porridge Cafe London

My ultimate food – porridge – I could live on it 24/7. I had this one at the London’s Porridge Cafe

Obviously, I was very sad when their pop-up ended and hoped they would return. So I waited and waited and waited again….And they’re BACK with new menu! So if you’re in for some porridge cafe trip shout.

Porridge Cafe London Opens on 14 May 2015 next to Victoria station

So with breakfast being my favourite meal of the day and porridge my favourite food there is no chance I will ever skip morning bowl of my ‘porridgy happiness’

Okay, okay I will stop now… here’s the recipe…

The Best Protein Porridge Recipe

Ingredients
  • 48g of oats (half cup)
  • 40g of Black Forest Fruit mix (I use this one)
  • 1 tbsp of clear honey
  • 1 scoop of protein (36g) – I use MaxiNutrition ProMax Lean – both Strawberry and Chocolate flavour are very tasty

The Best Protein Porridge Recipe - ingredients

Nutritional info: 364Kcal

The Best Protein Porridge recipe - Nutritional Info

How-to

This is a super easy process and I’m sure you’re already a porridge master chef so long story short;

  1. You know the routine – get your saucepan ready, add oats and water/milk
  2. Cook and stir until you reach a thick consistency (don’t burn)
  3. Pour the porridge into a bowl and add the scoop of protein and mix it together until you manage to blend it in
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and voila!
  5. Now cook, eat and repeat!

Tip 1: I always add a pinch of salt to my porridge. I guess it’s the same as with baking – you always add salt.

Tip 2: Replace fruit with shredded carrot – it tastes good!

The Best Protein Porridge Recipe

Any other porridge addicts here? How do you make your bowl of happiness? 

Lenka Istvanova

5 Comments

  1. I mostly really like porridge but I have to admit that i sometimes find the texture hard first thing in the morning.

    On typical mornings (today included!) I make it with water and put frozen berries in whilst I cook; then top it with banana (see my IG for how this ends up- tasty). If its a special weekend treat I make the porridge itself with hazelnut milk and mix 1square dark chocolate in whilst its heating- super chocolatey and YUM.

    I also like it with honey and so on

    • I had the same bfast this morning although without the banana – I added egg white instead. Try Nutella instead of the Dark Choco – treat yourself! 😉
      I’m going to try cooking some savoury porridge, you know for a change. Have you tried any? I quite like a cheesy one…

  2. Porridge is the best way to start the day! I often top mine with a forest fruits mix as well, but I heat the berries a bit so that it becomes like a hot sauce. Whenever I’ve tried adding protein powder to hot porridge though it’s gone really lumpy… Do you have any tips to prevent this happening?

    • Hi Step, thanks for reading! YES, I’m totally with you on that, porridge is the best ‘starter of the day’ 😉
      Two tricks I use for the protein – 1 – add it when you finish cooking it so the porridge is not boiling anymore – basically just before you put in into a bowl. 2 – add the protein to your bottle (you know the bottles meant for proteins) mix it up with water and then cook your porridge in it.
      Hope that helps! Let me know how it goes 😉

  3. I bloody love porridge! I usually have it for second breakfast after a smoothie, or often have it as a lazy dinner! I like adding chia seeds, protein powder, and some nut butter 🙂

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