Five protein-packed porridge toppers for healthy breakfast starts
Is there anything more delicious, satisfying and heart-warming than a steaming bowl of creamy porridge on a cold morning? With winter starting to creep in, I’ve been indulging in some good old oats and experimenting with my porridge toppings to keep breakfast interesting and help me feel fuller for longer.
The top two porridge toppers that come to mind are honey and brown sugar, but there are so many other things to try that deliver better nutritional value! Five porridge toppings that I’ve been loving lately are listed below. Not only are they healthy, low-sugar, high-protein options, but they are utterly delicious (if I do say so myself)!
Porridge with Chia Seeds and Berries
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
1/2 cup fresh or frozen mixed berries
Add chia seeds to oats and cook as normal.
Top with berries. (Try adding one to two chocolate coconut cubes… Chocolate for breakfast? Yes!)
Porridge with figs, cinnamon and LSA mix
1 fig, quartered (this fruit has a limited growing season so take advantage of it when you can!)
Small handful of pecans, crushed
3 teaspoons of LSA mix (ground linseed, sunflower seed and almonds)
Cook porridge as normal. Top porridge with LSA, fig and pecans.
Porridge with cinnamon, pear and pecans
1/2 pear, grated
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
Small handful of pecans (walnuts are also a good alternative)
Cook porridge as normal.
Stir through cinnamon then grated pear.
Pour into a bowl and top with pecans.
Porridge with banana, cacao, hazelnuts and coconut
1/2 teaspoon raw cacao powder
1/2 banana, mashed
6 hazelnuts, crushed
pinch of coconut flakes
Add cacao powder to oats and cook porridge as normal. Stir through mashed banana.
Pour into bowl and top with hazelnuts and coconut flakes.
Porridge with stewed rhubarb, pear and vanilla
1 – 2 tablespoons of stewed rhubarb, pear and vanilla (recipe to come)
Cook porridge as normal. Pour into bowl and top with stewed rhubarb, pear and vanilla.