With winter well and truly here, porridge is the perfect diet breakfast!
Jane Plan is focusing on warming, hearty breakfasts due to the recent cold snap. Porridge has always been a firm favourite here as it really is one of the best ways to start your day.
IT'S FULL OF GOODIES
It's high in fibre which can help lower cholesterol and stabilises your sugar levels, which can help boost your mood! PLUS because it is high in complex carbs, which release energy slowly, it is perfect when you are on a diet as it really does keep you feeling full!
Don’t just have it in the winter, mix with summer fruits, nuts and even dried fruits and enjoy all year round. Here are 3 of my favourite ways of making porridge, but feel free to experiment and add your own fruits. As long as you stick to the portions below, you can’t go far wrong on the calorie front.
Don’t forget, if you like to keep it simple, you don’t need to add anything to porridge – it’s perfect on its own.
VERY BERRY PORRIDGE
40g (a ramekin size serving) of pure porridge
200 ml of skimmed milk
1 teaspoon of honey
A handful (80g) of mixed berries – raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries
Put the porridge oats in a bowl. Cover with 180 ml milk. Pop in the microwave and cook for 1 minute. Stir, then cook for another minute or until creamy, but keep checking - it sometimes needs less time depending on the quality of your porridge oats and the strength of your microwave (alternatively, cook in the traditional way in a pan on the hob. Bring the mixture gently to boil, then simmer for 5-10 mins). Once cooked, add a little more milk and stir in honey and top with scattered berries.
MAGNIFICENT MANGO PORRIDGE
Follow the instructions above to cook your porridge but no need to add the honey – mango is sweet and juicy enough on its own. Add half a cubed mango and gently stir into your porridge.
NUTRITIOUS NUT PORRIDGE
Follow the instructions above to cook your porridge and keep the honey in. Then take 8 roughly chopped almonds and sprinkle on top. A proper protein boost!
If you want to know more, watch Jane's guide to the perfect porridge!