The Porridge Series- 1 (Summer Fruits)

Welcome to the porridge series episode 1, porridge is something we eat on a regular basis (okay almost every day). It is so versatile and there are so many different toppings you can add to keep it interesting. You don’t even have to add sugar/syrup or honey to make your porridge taste delicious.Stayed tuned and let us know if you try any of our recipes.

Strawberry Porridge

British strawberries means summer has finally arrived here in the UK. Bet you didn’t think you would enjoy anything more than fresh strawberries and cream this summer but wait until you try our fresh strawberry porridge.

Strawberries are only around in Britain during the summer months (June to August to be more precise). Strawberries from a local provider are by far the best, lots of people in the UK visit strawberry farms and pick their own (PYO). The flavour is incomparable to shop bought strawberries and think of all the delicious creations you can make with your handpicked strawberries.

Make sure you are gentle when washing your strawberries to avoid bruising and it is important to know you should remove the green hull after washing.

Healthy Facts- Did you know 5 strawberries contain more vitamin C than an entire orange. They also contain significant levels of antioxidants which help to fight disease.

Recipe
50G Porridge Oats

250ml Almond Milk/ Milk or water

6 Medium sized strawberries (other berries can also be added)

Method

Place the Porridge oats in a bowl

Pour your choice of liquid on top of the oats

Place in the oats in the microwave for 2-3 minutes (you might want to keep an eye on it as it sometimes has the tendency to bubble over the edge).

Once your porridge is cooked remove bowl from the microwave.

Remove the hull from your strawberries and put them in a clean bowl.

Stew the strawberries for 1 minute in the microwave

Pour your steaming hot strawberries on top of the porridge

Mix well and enjoy

Is breakfast the most important meal of the day? 

Breakfast you either love it or you hate it! I used to hate breakfast now I cannot live without it. My mum would buy my sister and me anything just to try and get us to eat before school. The favourite was ready made chocolate crepes but even then I would trade mine with my sister so she would let me watch my favourite cartoon ‘As Told by Ginger’ (great show!).

When I started secondary schools things got even worse, I was waking up earlier and the thought of eating made me feel so sick. I would wake up at 7AM and sometimes not eat anything until 1oclock at school. I honestly do not know how I concentrated in class I must have been starving.

Waking up late at university meant that I usually did eat breakfast but it certainly wasn’t at the usual breakfast time more brunch than breakfast. At least I was getting into a routine of actually eating breakfast though we all have to start somewhere.

Finishing University and starting work was when I finally started to love breakfast. Waking up at 6 o’clock meant that by 9 I was absolutely starving. The restaurant at work was amazing and there were so many options it was like breakfast heaven.

Breakfast/ brunch has almost become more ‘popular’ in the last few years. Breakfast has become a social event just like going for dinner with your friends has always been. Living in London there are so many cafes and restaurants that have a bigger breakfast menu than they do lunch and dinner. If you love brunch this is great, but sometimes the price tag isn’t so great. You can end up going for breakfast/brunch and spending over £20 eating poached eggs on toast.

I have met so many people that also hate breakfast due to feeling sick so early in the morning. I definitely think it is something you almost have to train your body to cope with (bit extreme). Is breakfast the most important meal of the day? This is something that we are told time and time again, obviously all meals are important but breakfast is definitely the one that kick starts your day.

So what do you think is breakfast the most important meal of the day?

Coffee or no coffee? 

The smell of coffee is enough to make many people not just want but need a coffee. Okay so maybe we are slightly exaggerating but there is definitely something about the smell that immediately makes you want that caffeine fix.

There are so many different types of coffee available now days it’s almost impossible to know which one to order. Americano, flat white, cappuccino, lattes, filter, mocha, iced coffee etc etc. Once you have eventually chosen your coffee the next question is any syrup with that? Skimmed milk or full fat? This is when you can start to add those unwanted calories into your drink without even realising.

A fairly low calorific drink can suddenly turn into a sugar packed high calorie drink. Your standard coffee has now turned into a coffee with this that and the other added in and is now more like eating a dessert, which does of course taste delicious but you know what they say a moment on the lips a lifetime on the hips.

Monday morning, the morning that most people dread and often cannot get through without copious amounts of coffee or at least this is what they have learnt to tell themselves. We are massively guilty of this as well, the first thing we do at work is grab a coffee because of course we cannot function without one.

Is this really true though? Most nights we get over 8 hours sleeps which is far more than most. We live a healthy and balance lifestyle the majority of the time, so is this caffeine addiction just a really bad habit?