Saturday, June 30, 2012

Traditional porridge...

"Oats are generally considered "healthful", or a health food, being touted commercially as nutritious. The discovery of the healthy cholesterol-lowering properties has led to wider appreciation of oats as human food. (..) Oat bran is the outer casing of the oat. Its consumption is believed to lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol, and possibly to reduce the risk of heart disease. (...) Oat protein is nearly equivalent in quality to soy protein, which World Health Organization research has shown is equal to meat, milk, and egg protein. The most recent research indicates that some cultivars of oat can be a safe part of a gluten-free diet, because different varieties of oat have different levels of toxicity." - by wikipedia.org


OK, so everone knows that oats (and porridge) is good for us, but not everyone eats or even likes porridge. Usually it reminds us about really bad food in hospitals etc. but it doesn't have to be that way! One thing I've found out is that you need to prepare your porridge on milk rather than water and you might actually like it that way :) Lil baby J (she's just over 2 years old now) eats porridge every morning for breakfast (and I realy mean every! morning). We've noticed that it keeps her full for longer, she's not so 'pekish' before lunch anymore and it helped her tummy and digestive system  working better as well. What I do for her is to blend the oats so they're smaller and the prorridge has smoother consistency, we also make her porridge sweet by using either honey or putting a spoon of strawberry jam in.

How to make it...

Ingredients:
- 3 cups of milk or water
- 1 cup of oat flakes
- pinch of salt
- sugar, honey or jam for topping the porridge


Put your milk (water), oats and salt into a saucepan and bring to the boiling point. Lower the heat and simmer your porridge until the right consistency - right consistency for you that is. I prefer mine a little bit thicker whereas baby J likes her runny. Serve hot and if you like, topping it with honey, jam or plain sugar.

Smacznego!

P.S. I like mine with honay or strawberry jam the best! What do you put on/in your porridge?

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