Updated: Apr 27, 2021
HUMP DAY HEALTH HACK WITH @amyfitnessandnutrition
What’s Wrong With My Normal Porridge?
Porridge is a brilliant breakfast for the winter months! It’s warming, both inside and out and a hearty bowl of porridge is considerably better for you than processed cereals. The problem with porridge? There isn’t one really, but the average bowl of porridge, often topped with honey or fruit or sugar, can contain up to 50 grams of carbohydrates. Although they are from unprocessed grains, this is the equivalent of around 10+ teaspoons of sugar hitting our bloodstream. If we are active this is absorbed straight back into replacing glycogen in our muscles. However, if we aren’t active and do a sedentary job, for example, these sugars in the bloodstream are sent to the liver to be stored as fat for later until we need them.
Look Out For Packaged Options
Like with many traditionally ‘healthy’ staples porridge has been somewhat hacked by the larger food companies to be ‘easy’ and ‘delicious’ in ‘ready to eat’ formats. Flavoured porridge usually contains sugar as the second ingredient…and sometimes even dried fruit or syrup after that. Most porridge sachets contain up to 5 teaspoons of added sugar so it’s something to look out for.
A Better Alternative?
If you absolutely love your porridge but want to consider an alternative breakfast with a little more nutritional value, this 5-Ingredient grain-free porridge recipe is worth a go. It is packed with protein and healthy fats with less than a teaspoon of sugar in the whole thing.
- 2 Eggs (or 4-5 Egg Whites)
- 1 Tbsp Almond Meal
- 1 Tbsp Ground Flaxseed
- 1 Tbsp Desiccated Coconut
- 1-2 Cups of Water/Milk Of Choice
- 1 Scoop Protein Powder/ Natural Sweetener (Optional)
Method (as you would normal porridge):
- Combine Ingredients
- Cook On The Stove & Stir Regularly
- Cook In The Microwave For 2-3 Minutes Stirring Half Way
- Cinnamon (Warming, Sweet & Delicious)
- Warmed Frozen Berries
- Your Favourite Fruit
- Local Honey
Will You Give It A Go?