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We’re now in the thick of winter and there’s nothing like a hot bowl of nourishing porridge to warm you up from the inside out after an icy morning surf.
Oats are a wholefood unlike man-made cereals like Nutri Grain, that have a tonne of sugar, preservatives and junk in it. Refined foods like that actually leech out nutrients in your body to help break them down, leaving you feeling tired and crappy. Oats are literally just 100% oats. They are still just like they were when they were growing in nature.
Oats leave you feeling fuller for longer so you won’t be reaching for something sweet a couple of hours later. They also help to lower cholesterol levels, are super high in magnesium (great to get rid of cramps), tryptophan (makes you feel happy) and B vitamins to give you heaps of energy.
Oats actually have what’s called a thermogenic effect on the body which means they keep you warm! When you microwave oats (or anything!) the nutritional value is lost. You may as well eat the box they came in.
1. Add half a cup of rolled oats (or brown rice flakes if you’re coeliac) to a small saucepan, cover the oats with water and turn the heat onto the lowest possible setting. In a perfect world we would soak them overnight in water which “pre-digests” them, making them easier for your body to break down and absorb.
2. After a few minutes the oats will soak up the water. The cover the oats with whatever milk you use and stir Place the saucepan on the stove and add ½ a cup of water and ½ a cup of milk and simmer on a low heat until creamy and tender. Add extra milk if you want it creamier.
Pour the porridge into your bowl and add a few little nutrient boosters and you’re good to go!
My porridge toppings generally look something like this:
2 teaspoons of chia seeds, 2 teaspoons of coconut oil, half a banana, shredded coconut, a few almonds, some ground cinnamon, a dollop of Greek yoghurt and a drizzle of honey
Try to buy organic rolled oats, not flavoured “quick oats” that have had their goodness steamed out of them and have artificial flavours, preservatives and added sugar. Add your own sweetness and flavour with fresh fruit.
Emma the Naturopath xx
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Emma Locandro BHSc (Nutritional Medicine), Adv Dip (Naturopathy)
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