For many people, a good morning and a warm breakfast go hand in hand these days. For the most important meal of the day many decide to go with porridge. Porridge is a very healthy and popular breakfast option that currently exists in many different forms.
But what is the best way to prepare porridge? With which tasty toppings does it taste best and is healthiest? Among these are apples, nuts and chia seeds. Why? Find out in today’s blog post!
1. Apples – the classics among the fruits
The apple fits great as topping for our porridge, whether it is grated or cut. When purchasing apples, it is important to focus on buying local and organic ones. If that is not possible, we advise you to wash the fruits very carefully.
Most dietary fibre and vitamins can be found in the peel. This is why it is always better to not cut it off. Additionally, we all know the quote “An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away” – and there has to be some truth to it, right?
2. Berries – Healthy and good-looking
Here we summarize the benefits of all forms of delicious berries. Your porridge breakfast can be pimped with berries, from raspberries to blueberries or strawberries. The little fruits are perfect for a delicious porridge – either mashed on top or as a whole for the extra taste and bite.
Berries are not only super delicious, but are also super healthy. A bowl of berries per week reduces the risk of a heart attack by almost a third. The consumption of a bowl of berries not only reduces the risk of a heart attack, but also increases memory performance by up to 25 percent. If that’s not the best reasons for adding fruits to your porridge!
3. Nuts – the superfood
Nuts provide you with many important and healthy fats and contribute to a healthy and balanced diet. Furthermore, nuts are also good for the heart and circulation. Carbohydrates and fibre are also found rich in various nuts. Nuts are really a superfood!
4. Honey, cinnamon and cocoa – For an extraordinary porridge experience!
They may not necessarily be toppings in the classical sense. Honey, cinnamon and cocoa are rather foods that can be put in your porridge to make it even better. If you put those on top of your dish, they make it even more decorative.
Honey always works well with porridge. It is a natural sweetener, that is also healthy. Here, we recommend using wild honey – maybe even from the local beekeeper? With cinnamon and cocoa, it is important to just use a little bit. If these two are used too much, the porridge can easily change its taste. But if you take the right dosage, your porridge will be a really tasty experience.
5. Not just for the taste – kiwi, mango and passion fruit
Now we are turning to the more exotic fruits. Those who love exotic fruits, are best advised to add kiwi, mango or passion fruit to their breakfast. But it should be mentioned that one should not use these fruits every day – as always buying local tastes best and your ecological footprint can be kept to a minimum.
Nevertheless, once in a while it is perfectly fine to buy exotic fruits. Kiwis for example have many vitamins, especially vitamin c. Additionally, they are low in calories and good for your skin. What else is there to say?
6. Currants and pomegranates – Small but powerful
Actually, we could have mentioned the currants with the berries. However, we would like to put emphasize on this small berry. It comes in either red, white or black. What is special about it is that 35 individual currants already cover a person’s daily vitamin c requirements.
The pomegranate behaves similarly. The small berries of this fruit are very rich in vitamins and nutrients. A real superfood. But just like with other exotic fruits, one should be careful and consider how far a pomegranate has travelled to get to you.
7. Linseeds, chia seeds and hemp seeds – seeds that do good
What do linseeds, chia seeds and hemp seeds have in common? All three have a positive effect on our health and therefore are the perfect topping for our warm breakfast in the morning.
Linseeds, that are also known as flax seeds, are anti-inflammatory, good for the heart, are a magnesium supplier and can act as a natural laxative. The seeds have a particularly high fibre content and a high protein content.
Chia seeds are also considered as a superfood in our latitudes. Due to their swelling capacity, the small seeds act like dietary fibres and can thus develop a satiating sensation. They can prevent the ravenous appetite for sweets because they prolong the feeling of satiety after breakfast.
The hemp seeds, which grow on the hemp plant and are actually small nuts, which contain all essential amino acids, strengthen the immune system and promote regeneration. They are also a vegan source of protein and are known for their high content of various vitamins, magnesium, iron and healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
8. Pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds – real protein heroes
Pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds both have a high protein content and are therefore the ideal topping for your porridge to start the day full of energy.
Pumpkin seeds are rich in nutrients such as zinc, magnesium, iron and selenium. The green seeds can improve heart health and lower blood sugar levels. They also help to prevent sleep disorders and are perfect for cold days.
Sunflower seeds are also rich in magnesium and fibre. But are there any other health benefits? Yes, they protect the heart and blood vessels, strengthen bones and teeth and promote blood formation. And let’s face it, is there a dish sunflower seeds don’t taste good with?
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