Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Fruity Swirl Porridge Oats

Hello Beauties,
Looking for the perfect start to your day? Find yourself trying to come up with new porridge ideas? My whole reason for beginning these healthy food posts is to really inspire people on how easy it is to incorporate nutritious and feel good food into your lifestyle.

I absolutely love starting my day with a delicious bowl of porridge/oats. I find myself thinking of new flavour ideas and new topping ideas regularly. Starting my morning with a warm bowl of porridge/oats sets me up for the day as it is highly nutritious and will give you a great amount of energy with its high protein content and whole grain source of carbohydrates. Whole grains are absorbed by the body slower than starch based carbs such as bread and pasta. Porridge oats will leave you feeling fuller for longer and give you that boost of energy for a longer period of time instead of a drastic energy boost and dip.

Oats are a great source of fibre which of course is great for your digestive system. They also contain beta-glucan which is a type of fibre which when consumed regularly has been found to lower cholesterol levels.

Nutrient levels can be easily heightened by adding a variety of different toppings. Try to stay away from pre-flavoured oats as they are packed full of unnatural and un-nutritious ingredients. My favourite topping staples would have to be whole chia seeds, cacao powder, cacao nibs, nuts, dried fruit and of course fresh fruit(Aldi Finest). It's completely up to your own preference and taste but it should be noted that adding flavour to your regular porridge isn't as difficult as one may think.

1/2 Cup Oats
1 1/2 Cups Water/ Milk( of your choice)
2 Tbsp The Chia Co Chia Seeds
2 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon
White Chocolate Skinny Syrup
Heated frozen Raspberry
1/2 Kiwi
1/2 Plum
Iswari Exotica Cacao Nibs
Sprinkle Shamrock Desiccated Coconut 

1.    Add half cup of oats to saucepan on medium heat and add 1 cup of water. As it begins to thicken I like to add 1/2 cup more of water to really expand the volume of oats.
2.    While the oats are beginning to heat up I add a few frozen raspberries in a small bowl and add 2-3 tbsp of boiling water and mash them into a raspberry sauce/ compote consistency.
3.    Add chia seeds to oats in saucepan , after a few minutes on heat you will see them begin to thicken up the porridge quite easily. I then add two tbsp of cinnamon and a splash of the white chocolate syrup. Once satisfied with consistency I add it straight into a bowl.
4.    Add raspberry sauce to porridge and swirl around with spoon for that swirl design. Slice a kiwi and a plum and layer on top of porridge, finish with a few frozen raspberries and a sprinkle of cacao nibs.

It all depends on your own preference and what flavours, toppings you like. I love coming up with different ideas and to really experiment with different flavour combinations. Porridge doesn't need to be stodgy or boring, get creative, share your porridge bowl creations online. My inspiration definitely comes from The Happy Pears morning snapchats so make sure to follow them @thehappypear.

Hope you enjoyed this recipe post, make sure to tag me in your re-creations!

Love Rouxella x

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