Healthspan February 01, 2018

If there’s any breakfast we want you to make a regular part of your diet, it’s porridge. Not only does it gift you the health benefits of oats, it’s easy and can be personalised for the whole family.

Is porridge healthy?

Oats are everywhere and we're very happy about it. This breakfast friendly ingredient is a rich source of magnesium and contains B vitamins and iron, too. Oats also contain a particular type of fibre known as beta-glucan that contributes to the maintenance of normal cholesterol levels.  Plus, if you make your porridge with milk you’ll be getting an extra dose of calcium and protein along with it.

So yes, porridge is healthy.

Que 10 porridge toppings that will brighten up your morning

There’s porridge toppings all over the web so we’ve put together ten of the best. No complicated recipes – just simple, tried and tested toppings that will have you jumping out of bed in anticipation (or is that just us?).

Looking to add more protein into your diet? Protein porridge is an easy way to do just that. Add in a scoop of your favourite protein powder, or try out this HiLo protein porridge recipe.

1. Grated dark chocolate, raspberries and yoghurt

2. Peanut butter and strawberries

3. Apple, dates and toasted pecans

4. Blood orange and honey

5. Chocolate and banana

6. Banana, toasted almonds and cinnamon with maple syrup

7. Blueberries, yoghurt, honey and toasted pumpkin seeds

3 weekend treat toppings

We’re not saying these are the healthiest of toppings but sometimes, you’ve got to have a treat. When eaten in moderation all of our weekend toppings fit seamlessly into a healthy, balanced diet. It’s Sunday so go on…you deserve it.

8. Strawberries and cream

9. Nutella, raspberries and toasted, crumbled pecans

10. Golden syrup with roasted hazelnuts

If you’re lacking time in the morning overnight oats are a great way to start your day with oats, too. How about some luxurious chocolate overnight oats or orange and cranberry overnight oats?

Try out these epic protein pancakes, stuffed with oats, a Milk Chocolate and Caramel Crunch Hilo Bar and ladled with fresh berries, yoghurt and maple syrup, these are the best kind of start to your day.

Nothing beats a healthy, balanced diet to provide all the nutrients we need. But when this isn’t possible supplements can help. This article isn’t intended to replace medical advice. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying supplements or herbal medicines.

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