Oats (Avena sativa) are a type of grass that grows in panicles. Oats are mainly processed into flakes, flour or semolina. To produce oat flakes, the grain of the oat is processed.
The grains are cleaned and hulled. For coarse oat flakes, rolling after a steam bath is sufficient to produce large-sheet flakes. Finer oat flakes, small leaf flakes, on the other hand, are crushed before steaming.
Porridge is a warm oatmeal dish that is usually eaten for breakfast. It originated in Scotland and has become a popular hot breakfast in English-speaking countries.
For the simple preparation of a classic porridge you need: a portion of oat flakes or oat flour, milk or water and a pinch of salt. The mixture just needs to be brought to the boil.
If you would like to try an alternative to oatmeal, you can try spelt flakes, buckwheat flakes, rye flakes, millet flakes, chia seeds, quinoa, flax seeds, psyllium husks or coconut flour.
How healthy are oat flakes in Porridge?
Oats in themselves are not only great tasting, but also an outstanding source of nutrients of all kinds.
The biotin and zinc they contain have a positive effect on skin, hair and nails. 40 grams of oatmeal are enough to cover the daily biotin requirement.
Oat flakes naturally contain little gluten and can be called gluten-free. Thanks to soluble dietary fibres comparable to the contained beta glucan, the body achieves anti-inflammatory results.
Oats also contain vitamins such as vitamin B1 and B6. These vitamins help you sleep better and healthier and prevent dizziness and neurological disorders.
Other healthy benefits are that oats can lower cholesterol, there is a lower risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and oats are packed with unsaturated fatty acids.
The advantages of porridge
The dish can be prepared very quickly and with only a few ingredients. Three ingredients that you probably even already have at home. However, the warm porridge does not only have to be eaten for breakfast, but can be eaten at any time of the day as a full meal or snack in between.
Porridge is not only delicious, but also has many healthy aspects that support your physical well-being.
Another advantage of a warm porridge is the choice of numerous toppings to enhance it: spices such as cinnamon, fresh fruit, chia seeds, nuts, honey or chocolate drops.
Which porridge is the best?
The beauty of porridge is that it can be enhanced or refined with a variety of additional ingredients or toppings. Whether you prefer it sweet, fruity fresh, spicy or sour. You decide what you’re in the mood for.:
Here is a small selection of delicious options:
The Bircher Porridge from Verival is lactose-free, vegan and gluten-free, so it is also suitable for coeliacs. Based on the Bircher muesli, it contains apples, figs, almonds and dates for a natural sweetness.
The blueberry-apple porridge from Verival is also gluten-free, lactose-free and vegan. It contains: fruity blueberries, crunchy apples and almonds. In addition, Verival’s porridges have no added sugar.
The Strawberry Chia Porridge from Verival consists of gluten-free oat flakes and has been refined with sweet strawberries and the superfood chia seeds. With the selection and countless combinations, there is something for everyone.
Can porridge with oat flakes help you lose weight?
Oats have many healthy benefits and therefore contribute to a healthy diet and physical well-being. Healthy eating is one thing. However, oats have the added benefit of being particularly filling. Porridge is therefore recommended for weight loss.
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