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5 ways to pimp your winter porridge to help you lose weight


winter porridge

Nothing beats a bowl of porridge for brekkie. Stat. But consuming the same old porridge every single morning can get boring AF. It’s also made extremely difficult when you specifically want a porridge that suits your diet…without sacrificing taste.

But behold, because your mornings are sorted for the rest of the year with these five bowls of pure goodness. There’s a recipe for our good ol’ vegans, one for the gluten intolerant, a recipe to help lower cholesterol levels, one packed with protein and low in carbs, and because we couldn’t resist…one especially for dessert (or a sweet breakfast). Hey, breakfast might be the most important part of the day, but dessert is the most important way to end a day.

Vegan Porridge

This ‘break the fast’ meal is a bit of a lifesaver for a vegan in the winter months. There are many different ways of making this porridge, but grain-free is a great way to go if you want to lighten the load on your body’s immune system and inflammatory processes. This porridge is high in minerals, fats, soft fibre and antioxidants, making it a lovely start to the day, while also ensuring good support for the nervous, muscular skeletal and digestive systems.

Grain free porridge

By Charlotte Williams, Naturopath at Bondi Junction Healthy Life

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of filtered water
  • 1 tsp good quality vanilla extract or half a vanilla bean
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2-3 tbsp almond meal
  • 1 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 cup frozen organic mixed berries
  • A small cinnamon stick
  • Half a sliced banana
  • 1 tbsp chopped pistachios (or any nut will do)
  • 1 tbsp dried currants (any dried fruit will do)
  • 1 tsp tahini (black, hulled or unhulled, or any other seed/nut butter)
  • Cinnamon to serve

Method

1. In a pot, heat up the frozen berries with a little bit of water if needed, and a small cinnamon stick, until the berries form a nice thick liquid. Set aside.

2. Measure out all the seeds and meals, and put them in a small bowl for easy administering.

3. Put water and the vanilla in a small pot on low to medium heat, and bring to a simmer. Add the seeds and meals and stir regularly until the liquid has absorbed and a porridge has formed. This should only take a minute or so.

4. Add a pinch of salt, stir and take the porridge off the heat, and with a lid on leave the porridge to rest whilst prepping the fruit and nuts.

5. In a serving bowl, add the porridge first, then add your choice of milk or use the berry liquid on its own, add the rest of the garnish and finish off with some cinnamon to taste.

Low LDL Porridge

A warming bowl of goodness that is sure to be a favourite in the cooler months, this is a delicious breakfast using oats that is also heart healthy. Oats are a natural superfood that contain stacks of vitamins and minerals as well as one of the richest sources of rich beta-glucan, which can help lower cholesterol reabsorption. The spices provide an exotic taste while warming and rejuvenating with their anti-inflammatory properties, while the chia seeds add a kick of fibre, iron, and calcium as well as omega-3 fatty acids.

Oats & Chia with Poached Spiced Pears

By The Chia Co

Ingredients

  • 2-3 pears, peeled & halved lengthways
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2cm knob of ginger, sliced
  • 1 vanilla pod, halved lengthways
  • 3 star anise
  • 4 cloves
  • Peel of one orange
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 114g (one sachet) Oats + Chia Cacao + Coconut, or an equal amount of regular oats and chia
  • Shredded coconut to serve

Ingredients

1. Place all ingredients (except shredded coconut) in a medium sized pot.

2. Cover with water and bring to the boil. Once it has reached boiling point, simmer for 15 minutes or until pears are just tender.

3. Prepare Oats + Chia, Cacao + Coconut, divide between mugs, place a pear in each and serve with shredded coconut. Enjoy warm.

Gluten-free porridge

This recipe uses activated buckwheat which isn’t wheat as the name might suggest. It helps to alkalise the body and is easily digested. With a combination of nuts, fruit and seeds, this breakfast bowl provides long lasting energy that is warming and comforting for the tummy.

Nutty Buckwheat Porridge

By Natalie Santalucia, Nutritionist at Healthy Life Liverpool

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Loving Earth Activated Buckinis
  • 1 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp macadamia nuts, chopped
  • 1 tbsp dried cranberries
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 cup heated unsweetened almond or coconut milk
  • Love Organic Raw Honey and cinnamon to serve

Method

1. Mix all ingredients (except honey and cinnamon) together into a bowl.

2. Heat on the stove in a saucepan or microwave for 2 mins. Let sit for another minute, then stir through.

3. Top with honey and cinnamon if desired.

Protein porridge

Only legalised in Australia last November, hemp seeds are one of nature’s best sources of plant-based protein. Hemp contains the nine “essential” amino acids your body can’t produce on its own, and contains the ideal balance of omega 3, 6 and 9 essential fatty acids, magnesium, iron, zinc, vitamin E and vitamin B1. It also has more protein per gram than beef. It’s even written that in the years before the Buddha reached nirvana, his diet consisted only of hemp foods so to breakfast like Buddha, try these hemp puddings.

Brown Rice and Hemple Heart Pudding Pots

By Hemple

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup cooked brown rice
  • 400ml coconut milk
  • ½ cup water or water as needed
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 cup of Hemple Hearts
  • 2 very ripe Bananas {broken into pieces}
  • ¾ tbsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tbsp. manuka honey
  • ¼ cup pepitas

Method

1. In a medium size saucepan add the brown rice, Hemple Hearts, coconut milk, bananas, salt and cook on a low heat. If you find that the mixture is too thick, add a little of the water to make it more into a porridge like consistency.

2. As the mixture warms, stir in the cinnamon, honey, and pepitas. The sugar in the bananas should start to caramelise a bit with the heat and you should be able to now taste them through the pudding. Again if the mixture becomes too thick, add a little more water to keep it at a pudding/ porridge like consistency.

3. Remove the saucepan from the heat and spoon the pudding mixture into cute little pots or jars. You can add some extra Hemple Hearts and pepitas to the top if you like for extra pizazz.

4. Now pop them in the fridge, or don’t. They are yummy warm or chilled.

Dessert porridge

An indulgent breakfast for one, sweeten a bowl of warm buckwheat porridge with the potassium power of bananas and a cheeky dose of caramel to create banoffee porridge heaven. Activated organic buckwheat is a rich source of protein, has all the essential amino acids, and is packed with nourishing minerals like zinc, iron, copper, manganese and B vitamins.

Banoffee Buckwheat Porridge

By Ellie Bullen for Loving Earth

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Loving Earth Plain Buckinis (activated buckwheat)
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp mesquite powder (optional)
  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 2 tbsp coconut chips
  • 2 tbsp Loving Earth Plain Buckinis
  • 1 banana (sliced)
  • 4 tbsp coconut yoghurt
  • 6 squares Loving Earth Salted Caramel Chocolate

Method

1. Cook the buckwheat in a pot with the water over high heat, stirring occasionally for 10-15 minutes (or until buckwheat has softened). Reduce heat to medium, add almond milk and cook for a further 5 minutes.

2. Remove from stove, stir in mesquite powder (if using).

3. Transfer to two bowls, top with sliced banana, cacao nibs, coconut flakes, raw buckwheat, coconut yoghurt, and place the salted caramel chocolate pieces over the top, give them a minute or two to begin to melt, and eat.

To pimp your porridge, find your nearest Healthy Life store or shop online at healthylife.com.au

For more healthy winter warmers, try this immune boosting porridge recipe. Plus these are 3 healthy brekkies that cost less than $3.

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