Porridge or oatmeal has been around for centuries. However, the oat flakes from which the porridge is made have only become extremely popular in recent years. So what is it about porridge and is it really such a good, healthy breakfast?
Originally, oatmeal comes from Scotland. There it was eaten mainly in working class families for breakfast. In the meantime it has become not only Scottish, but even a national dish of the British. In Germany, the porridge made from cooked oatmeal is also known as gruel or porridge. It is also called oatmeal or simply oats.
In the past, porridge was served in hospitals for stomach issues. But today it is probably the most famous breakfast on Instagram. This is probably due to the many ways of preparing porridge. Porridge is not only good for breakfast, but has also proved to be a good snack for in-between meals or as a lunch.
The actually simple dish never gets boring, because you can garnish it with nuts, bananas, cinnamon or fresh fruits like blueberries. The savoury variations with broccoli or pumpkin tomato are also very popular. You can refine these porridge variations with a fried egg and a little chives and you’ll have a delicious dinner.
How healthy is porridge really?
A big advantage of oatmeal is that it keeps you full for a long time. Porridge contains a lot of protein, minerals, fibre and vitamins. Thanks to these nutrients, digestion is stimulated and a stable blood sugar level is ensured. This prevents ravenous appetite attacks. Oatmeal therefore enables you to work through the day concentrated from breakfast to lunch.
Porridge is also a great supplier of magnesium. 40 grams of porridge already cover half the daily magnesium requirement. A healthy breakfast is also very rich in iron and vitamin B6. These are necessary for our nervous system, oxygen transport and energy metabolism.
In addition, the porridge provides a good deal of vitamin B6, which is necessary for the nervous and blood system. The vital trace element iron is also abundant in porridge. Contrary to what many suspect, oatmeal even contains more iron than meat. In comparison: 100 grams of oatmeal contain 5.4 milligrams of iron, while roast beef has 2 milligrams.
Porridge to go – Overnight Oats
Breakfast is considered to be one of the most important meals and should ensure a good start to the day. However, most people do without this meal so that they can save time in the morning and sleep longer.
With a healthy breakfast with Overnight Oats you can save time and don’t have to get up earlier. Because these oats are prepared the evening before. So the practical Oatmeal can be eaten relaxed in your own kitchen, on the road or even in the office.
Overnight Oats are prepared in the evening so they can soak overnight. Leave the flakes cooled in a glass or tin in the fridge. The oat flakes can now soak for several hours. In the time until the next day, oat porridge is made without cooking. You can take it with you in the morning or enjoy it on the go.
Put the water, milk or plant-based alternative into a glass together with the oat flakes and stir well.
Put the mixture in the refrigerator overnight or for at least 2 hours.
Stir well once again and enjoy.
We recommend to sweeten the overnight oats with honey, agave syrup or maple syrup and to decorate them with fruits, nuts and seeds.
As liquids water, milk or yoghurt are very suitable. But you can also use milk alternatives such as almond milk, rice milk or coconut milk. As a rule of thumb, Overnight Oats should be prepared in a 1:2 ratio. This means that there are 200 millilitres of liquid for every 100 grams of oatmeal. Of course, you can adjust the ratio slightly so that the Overnight Oats have the consistency you prefer.
Porridge can be prepared in many ways. Scots traditionally cook it in a pot. To do this, put the oat flakes, a liquid of your choice and, if you like, another spoonful of honey or maple syrup for sweetening in a pot and bring it to boil. Afterwards, the porridge must be left to simmer for about three minutes at low heat to make it nice and creamy. Of course you must not forget to stir!
You can also prepare porridge quickly in the microwave. Just put the oatmeal mixed with a liquid in the microwave for 3 minutes. Then stir well, let the porridge stand for about 2 minutes and that’s it! The microwave is a quick alternative for a delicious and creamy porridge.
The Porridge variety from Verival
Verival offers countless possibilities for eating porridge. These include dozens of delicious flavours such as our Sour Cherry-Cocoa Oat Porridge, a Strawberry-Chia Porridge or the Coconut & Apricot Porridge. We at Verival create delicious combinations for you, which are lovingly handmade from the best organic ingredients.
Verival’s Porridge variety can be combined with all milk alternatives and is therefore ideal for vegans. Many blends are also gluten-free and have no added sugar.
These toppings are the perfect fit for you porridge to go
It’s the toppings of the oatmeal what makes the whole thing really interesting. The most popular is fruit. Whether bananas, raspberries or apples, any kind of fruit will spice up your porridge. Frozen fruits are also good in warm oatmeals, as the contrast between hot and cold gives a really great taste.
As you can either puree the fruit, chop it into small pieces or leave it whole, the preparation of delicious porridge never gets boring. If you don’t like fruits, coconut flakes, nuts of all kinds or even the healthy chia seeds are also suitable as toppings.
Especially in Overnight Oats, the healthy seeds absorb the chosen liquid well. To give your perfect oatmeal the finishing touch, you can season it with vanilla or cinnamon.
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