PERFECT POWERFUL PORRIDGE

This is a simple porridge recipe taken to new heights of flavour and nutrition. I love using sprouted oats which is now easily obtainable in most supermarkets to help make the oats super easy to digest. If you can’t get hold of sprouted oats then use normal porridge oats and soak them overnight in water or your favourite plant-based milk. The sprouted oats in the recipe are from Rude Health. You can use any topping you like and change them based on what is available to you. My kids love the paleo granola from Planet Organic sprinkled on top of chopped bananas. The porridge is also super delicious with a serving of homemade blueberry jam. We used homemade cashew milk in this recipe but for lots of ideas of making your own plant-based, dairy free milk please take a look our Ultimate Guide to the Best Dairy-Free Milk.

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THE SCIENCE BIT

Oats are a wonder food especially when they have been sprouted to make them super easy to digest. Oats are packed with fibre and contain a particular type of soluble fibre called beta-glucan, which has been shown to support heart health and protect against insulin resistance. About 20% of the total energy (kilojoules) from oats comes from fat. But this is almost entirely healthy, unsaturated fat. The fat found in oats carries the fat-soluble vitamin E, which is a key player in the team of disease-fighting anti-oxidants. Oats have a low to moderate GI, depending on their form, so they will fill you up and keep your glucose levels stable, avoiding too many highs and lows. About 12% of the energy from oats is protein, making oats a truly valuable grain for vegetarians. Oats provide a host of micronutrients such as potassium, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, vitamin B1 and zinc.