A Complete Guide To Your Daily Porridge

US version: Simply replace ‘porridge’ with ‘oatmeal’ and you’re good to go.

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Hello there MDRC (My Dear Reader Chum), how is life going? Treating you well? Hope so!

If you already spy an uplifted mood in between the lines, then link it with the topic and you’ve learned something new about me.

But anyway, let’s not talk about me. Let’s talk serious. Let’s talk the essential. Let’s talk… porridge.

Porridge. Much has been said – or hasn’t? Depends on where you’re living and eating, but for a while let’s assume not, let’s assume you’re a complete novice in porridging just as I am in blogging (hello, empathy).

Friends, I am very excited to announce The Time has come. The time to contemplate and dig into the wonderful topic of this popular breakfast.

So let’s imagine the following situation; you have just decided to start eating healthy, trendy, and ultimately instagram-friendly, and you’ve figured out the easiest way to do so is the road most travelled: i.e. porridge. Plus at least you know what oats are without any further examination; yes, those unpronounceable, cold acai bowls are making you feel too perplexed the first thing in the morning.

Okay, so you bought and cooked your oats, you used your greatest willpower to ignore the collective gaze of your housemates/ family members, you even pretended laughing at the oats are for horse joke your dad still repeats with hope and now you’re more than ready to get your reward: the ultimate porridge experience.

But as with everything in life, you encounter a problem quite soon. Even though you try your hardest, you aren’t really 100% convinced by the taste, I mean, if you’re genuinely true to yourself, it’s more like 20%? Those oats seem so bland on their own though nobody warned you. You feel a bit betrayed. You’ve put loads of honey on top, but still, it’s sweet and BLAND. I’m sorry about that, honey.

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But don’t you worry, child. See, heaven’s got a plan for you. It’s right here.

A List Of 34 Things You Can And Should Put On Your Porridge To Make You Crave It Again

I usually put around 10 of these at once (or more, no judge), so I recommend doing the same. Or go mix and match every day to save your cravings for variety. Since I quit eating bread almost 2yrs ago, I eat porridge every single day while at home and still with a smile on my face saying: Boredom? What’s boredom?

  • Cinnamon (This has become so automatic that when I want to spice things up I omit it and here we go. Wanna read about the benefits of cinnamon on your sugar levels? Ok, some other time.)
  • Vanilla extract
  • Shredded apple (I know it requires effort to peel and shred but believe me it’s worth it).
  • Banana (Sweeter when frozen or ripe)
  • Frozen/fresh berries
  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Plums
  • Cranberries
  • Sultanas
  • Ground flaxseed
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Hemp seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Shredded coconut
  • Coconut oil (If you will and believe it’s the solution)
  • Milk of choice (I prefer to add it later and not cook my oats in milk but as you like it really)
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Cashews
  • Pecans
  • Okay, any kinds of nuts, ground or whole!
  • Peanut butter
  • Almond butter
  • Poppyseed
  • Cacao nibs
  • Cocoa powder
  • Protein powder

If to “Sugar?” you always answer “Yes, please!” (and start singing Maroon 5 uncontrollably), then go on and add a sweetener, options are plentiful again:

  • Honey
  • Maple Syrup
  • Date Syrup
  • Rice Malt Syrup
  • Stevia
  • Agave 
  • Molasses
  • Caramel
  • Melted chocolate (for YOLO purposes)

Okay, I’m gonna finish here if you don’t mind. It’s almost midnight as I’m typing and I have to fall asleep and wake up again until I have my porridge so I better rush it…

 

Bon Appétit!

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The smaller jar is actually maple butter! Yum and let’s go to Canada again.

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