Friday, 1 April 2011

Slow porridge for busy girls (and boys)

Mornings can be very stressful. It is in our home. A total mad house!

I want to make sure we all get a good breakfast, before getting us all out of the door.

We all know how important it is to eat breakfast, to set you up for the day.
You need good food to fuel your body, to keep blood sugar levels even trough out the day.
One of my sons has been diabetic since the age of two, so this is something very close to my heart.

Here is a brilliant way to preparer the breakfast the night before, to give you a calmer morning.
And all you have to do is, pop it on the stove the next morning.
This recipe has been pimped from Danish super cook Umahro Cadogan’s book “Kokken revolution pa hoje haele” only in Danish so fare.

This my Slow porridge for busy girls (and boys)

Soak in a pot the night before:

  • ½ cup of oat (for each person, depending on size)
  • Cover with water
  • Add cinnamon to your liking, a little bit of pure vanilla powder, ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar. (This helps to soften the oat)
Lid on and go to bed!

Next morning:

Turn on the stove.
You might want to add more water or milk of your choice (from a cow, soy, rice or almond) into the porridge.
Cook and stir. Keep an eye on it.
 Add honey, agave syrup or xylitol to sweeten. Don’t go mad!

When the porridge is velvety smooth, scoop it into bowls.

There are lot of nice toppings to put on your porridge. Here is a few we like:

  • Banana slices
  • Chopped up Almonds or other nuts of your choice.
  • Sliced up apples or pears. Vitamin -C
  • Apple puree
  • Blueberries. Antioxidants
  • Ground flax seeds with cinnamon
A few healthy facts about the ingredients :

Bananas rich in potassium and carbohydrates (the good ones). Good carbs has a nice relaxing effect on the body so it can produce neotransmitters in the brain – serotonin which gives you a sense of calm.

It is important that the carbohydrates you choose are high in fibre and the slow acting kind.

Blueberries rich in vitamin C and stuffed with antioxidants.

Apples and pears - vitamin C and fiber.

Nuts gives you Selenium and magnesium.

Oat – Full of healthy soluble fibres that lower the cholesterol. Oat is also loaded with phytochemicals which helps the digestive system and blood sugar levels, which have an adverse affect on stress.