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!
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…
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.
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
- 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
Nutritional info: 364Kcal
This is a super easy process and I’m sure you’re already a porridge master chef so long story short;
- You know the routine – get your saucepan ready, add oats and water/milk
- Cook and stir until you reach a thick consistency (don’t burn)
- Pour the porridge into a bowl and add the scoop of protein and mix it together until you manage to blend it in
- Add the rest of the ingredients and voila!
- 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!
Any other porridge addicts here? How do you make your bowl of happiness?