The power of porridge!
Porridge is a valuable weapon in your weight loss battle. Porridge really helps you reduce your calorie intake.
What is porridge?
Porridge is a mixture of whole rolled oats and milk (or water) cooked together to make a hot thick cereal based meal. It has a thick consistency and can be sweetened and flavoured to taste. Sugar, brown sugar, golden syrup are just a few flavourings that are commonly added.
It is traditionally served at breakfast and originates in Scotland. The Scots often add a pinch of salt to bring out the flavour.
In the USA oatmeal and grits are served – they are not quite the same (oatmeal has had the bran removed from the oats) but they are still great for your diet. If you are reading this from the States then seek out some real porridge oats if you can – the texture and taste of real porridge is the best!
Why is porridge so great for your diet?
- It takes just 30g of porridge oats to make a bowl of porridge.
- You can make it with water, skimmed milk or a mixture of both – keeping the calories down.
- A bowl of porridge, made 50/50 with skimmed milk and water, with a little sugar, contains 160 calories
- Porridge is VERY filling
- Porridge oats are a slow release carbohydrate, which means you’ll feel full for a long time after eating them
- Porridge is a fibre-rich food that is really good for your heart and helps lower cholesterol.
- Porridge is incredibly easy to make – you can even make it in the microwave in just 2 minutes.
- Porridge is delicious!
1 Seek out ‘Oat-So-Simple’ or equivalent pre-packaged brands. These are great because your 30g portion is already measured, the sachet they come in doubles up as a milk/water measurer, the microwaving instructions are on the box, as are the calories per portion. Also they come in some great flavours – personally I love the Oat-So-Simple golden syrup flavour!
2 Try to avoid eating the oats raw. You can make a lovely muesli-style cereal by mixing the raw oats with milk – however when they are not cooked they are nowhere near as filling! Yet the calories are the same! So, in order to help your diet, make sure you cook them!
3 Be careful about your extras. Using whole milk, or adding whole milk (or cream) naturally defeats the object. So does adding big spoonfuls of sugar, honey, golden syrup etc. Go easy on the extras. Count your calories.
Bear in mind you can save money by buying your own oats and measuring out your own portions. However, this starts to become a chore!
Porridge is a wonderful food, and is a true friend to your diet so be careful of anything that may discourage you from preparing it – like fiddling with kitchen scales and measuring jugs for example.
So, for my first ever post :), I offer you a valuable weapon for your weight loss battle – porridge!
By David Hart
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