A healthy breakfast is essential for feeling good and having a productive day. Well, porridge is one of the healthiest carb sources and it’s the perfect choice for the first meal in the day. Porridge is slow-digesting and as such gives you a sustained energy boost without spiking your blood sugar – and rich in protein and filling fiber. And while oats are an undoubtedly excellent breakfast option, they’re also an ideal pre-exercise snack.
To supercharge your porridge and make it more delicious, add some of the following foods.
BANANAS: Stressful job? Potassium will stabilize your blood sugar levels and lower your blood pressure.
STRAWBERRIES: They regulate insulin and add sweetness without causing your body to store fat.
BLUEBERRIES: Antioxidant-rich berries give your oats a tart kick and help your body fight fat.
APRICOTS: Having trouble with dawn bleariness? This dried fruit contains plenty of eyesight-improving carotenoids.
CRANBERRIES: Relieve your morning-after gym aches with a handful of anti-inflammatory flavonoids.
FIGS: Add some figs to enhance sweetness while also to help lower blood pressure.
CASHEWS: These tropical seeds offer a hefty hit of copper, which helps to regulate cholesterol levels.
HAZELNUTS: Adding a handful to your bowl will contribute over a quarter of your manganese RDA, which is essential for maintaining strong bones.
WALNUTS: Rich in omega-3 and polyphenols, walnuts will help protect your heart and give your porridge a delicately crunchy texture.
HONEY: This natural sweetener is rich in energy-enhancing iron and immunity-boosting phytonutrients (especially if you buy the organic stuff).
GREEK YOGURT: This protein-rich yogurt adds some creaminess and probiotics for your gut health.
PEANUT BUTTER: Give your porridge a buttery sheen – or a tasty crunch – and your heart a boost with a dose of monounsaturated fats.