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Porridge in summer? Yes, absolutely!

June 30, 2020
  • Breakfast
  • Nutrition

Porridge has been enjoying increasing popularity for a few years now. Not only in the fitness sector has it become one of the most important energy providers, but also in normal everyday life more and more people are reaching for the healthy porridge.

And for all those who still believe that porridge is simply boring oatmeal, we have a few tips in store today – because porridge is and can be so much more! With the right toppings and flavours, porridge for breakfast becomes a real energy kick!

How healthy is porridge really?

This question has been answered by many people before us. Science is pretty much unanimous on this. Porridge is very healthy. Oats are the most valuable cereal of all. The nutrients in porridge contain lots of fibre, vitamins, protein and minerals.

This combination of nutrients makes porridge a real energy bomb and extremely healthy. Because the flakes are also low in calories, they are also popular with particularly figure-conscious people, as they are still very filling and provide strength.

Porridge with gluten intolerance – yes or no?

If you are gluten-intolerant or gluten-sensitive and therefore fear that porridge will not do you good, we can reassure you: Basically, oats are low in gluten.

Only if it comes into contact with other cereals containing gluten during cultivation and processing, it can become a problem. When buying oatmeal, always look for the gluten-free seal – then you can be sure that you will tolerate it well.

Naturally healthier – with porridge

Porridge really is a superfood. So the regional cereal product really scores on the full. Not only does porridge have lots of nutrients at the ready – it can also help to improve health problems. Porridge can lower your blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

You are also at lower risk of cardiovascular disease if you eat porridge regularly. But porridge is not just a hot dish – overnight oats have something to say about that.

Overnight Oats – the porridge for summer

Ideal for all morning grouches: overnight oats. As the name suggests, they are prepared overnight – but more on that later! But how healthy are they really and what is the difference to classic porridge?

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Whether you’re going to work, to the park or for breakfast on the go – Overnight Oats are perfect to take with you.

How healthy are overnight oats?

Basically, overnight oats and porridge are very similar – the only difference is that porridge is prepared and eaten warm and overnight oats cold. However, in terms of taste and also their positive effect on the body, the two delicious breakfast dishes are very similar.

Overnight oats also stimulate your digestion and give you – supplemented with the right toppings – a large portion of vegetable protein. They also prevent cravings and contain lots of fibre. All in all, a quick and healthy power breakfast!

How do I make overnight oats?

The preparation is very simple. The name says it all. You take your favourite flakes and soak them overnight in milk, yoghurt or vegan alternatives. Spices like cinnamon or turmeric add a special flavour.

In the morning, simply add toppings of your choice – such as seeds or nuts, or fresh fruit for an extra dose of vitamins – and you have the perfect start to the day on your breakfast table.

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Basic recipe: Overnight Oats

The basic recipe for Overnight Oats is super simple – you only need 2 ingredients.
Prep Time2 mins
Total Time2 mins
Servings: 1
Calories: 150kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp oat flakes (approx. 45g)
  • 80 ml water, milk or a plant-based alternative

Instructions

  • 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. 

Notes

We recommend to sweeten the overnight oats with honey, agave syrup or maple syrup and to decorate them with fruits, nuts and seeds.

Nutrition

Calories: 150kcal

Did you know that all our porridges and mueslis are also perfect as a base for overnight oats?

Is a hot breakfast healthy even in summer?

As soon as it gets hot outside, the desire for a hot breakfast fades – maybe you’d rather enjoy a cold smoothie or yoghurt with muesli and at least feel like you’re cooling down for a moment? This may sound tempting to you, but it can actually be an additional strain on your body, especially in warm temperatures.

It needs a lot of energy to compensate for the difference in temperature. So the best start to the day is a warm one – even in summer! In general, a warm breakfast is really healthy. A cup of tea or a bowl of porridge will help you do just that.

What toppings can I use for porridge in summer?

Especially for summer, you want to have light and fresh food. What is always perfect for porridge? Fruit! As an organic company, we are of course always fans of regional fruit.

Whether berries, apricots, cherries, nectarines or peaches – the choice is huge in summer! To give your breakfast that extra kick, you can refine your oatmeal with chia seeds and coconut flakes.

There are no limits to your imagination. And if you’re already in the mood, we have a delicious fruity porridge recipe for you:

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Porridge with berry sauce

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Total Time8 mins
Calories: 377kcal

Equipment

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Ingredients

  • 50 g oat flakes
  • 250 ml milk or a plan-based alternative
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp agave syrup
  • 150 g berries (fresh or freeze-dried)

Instructions

  • First, put the oat flakes in a pot with a pinch of salt and the milk or plant-based drink and let it boil up briefly. Stir briefly again and again.
  • Then remove the pot from the oven and add the teaspoon of agave syrup.
  • Then let the porridge steep for about 2-3 minutes.
  • In the meantime, wash the berries well and then put them in a bowl and mix them with a hand blender or a normal blender.
  • Then put the oatmeal in a bowl and add half of the pureed berries and stir well. Then pour the remaining berries over the porridge.

Nutrition

Calories: 377kcal
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