Monday 10th October is World Porridge Day.
A rich and delicious food that’s made from the most healthful of grains; Oats are warm and filling and are the breakfast choice of many all over the world.
Where did porridge day originally come from?
World Porridge Day celebrates the history and origin of this rich and delicious breakfast and all of the health benefits they bring to those who indulge.
Let’s take a look at the health benefits of oats and porridge:
Porridge can be a very healthy and beneficial meal for the body. It is especially great to eat in the morning, as the body loses a significant amount of nutrients overnight and porridge helps to replenish them.
Studies have shown that a diet that regularly includes porridge offers a variety of health benefits such as:
- Rich in Fibre – many adults don’t have enough fibre in their diets, so porridge is a great way to add this, and it is vital to keep the digestive system flowing.
- Vitamins and Minerals – Vitamins E and B, zinc, copper, manganese, magnesium, folate and iron are all present in porridge, making it super-healthy for everyone.
- Energy Release – The high fibre in porridge oats slows the release of energy, helping the body to absorb sugar instead of storing it away as fat.
- Antioxidant Rich – Whole oats are high in polyphenols and antioxidants, which help to clean out the cells, lower blood pressure and reduce inflammation.
Want to make your porridge more flavoursome? Why not add some toppings to make it taste even better?
Here are some ideas:
- Banana, raisins and a sprinkle of nutmeg
- Strawberries and blueberries
- Cherry and chia seeds
- Banana and cinnamon
- Flaked almonds and chopped dates
- Walnuts, pear slices and ginger
- Peaches and raspberries
- Stewed plums
- Blueberries, walnuts and sunflower seeds
- Chia seeds and tinned apricots
Why not try this simple Banana & Honey porridge recipe here?