We all know porridge for the warm and fuzzy feeling it gives us in our stomach but the benefits of this natural superfood go way beyond that. Not only is porridge a quick and convenient breakfast option that satisfies even the hungriest bears out there, it’s also an incredible source of energy for athletes and the ideal meal to increase brain power at the office and in the classroom. Here are just a few reasons why porridge remains Britain’s breakfast of choice.
Porridge - also known as oatmeal - has been around for centuries and if you’re a Brit, chances are you’ve been raised on it. It’s simply oats boiled in water or milk. The original dish comes from Scotland where it was eaten by farmers as a source of fuel for a long day in the fields. Back then it was cooked with water and a little salt, stirred with a wooden spoon and eaten standing up.
The porridge paste was cooled and stored in a “porridge drawer” and eaten over several days. When it cooled, it became thick and solid and was then cut into slices and eaten as a snack. Although we’ve spruced it up since then, adding ingredients and creating new flavours, not much has changed. Ok, maybe we don’t store it in a porridge drawer anymore but the core ingredients and preparation process remain the same and there’s a good reason for that - if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Forget all the fancy cereals you’ll see on the supermarket shelves, porridge is the original superfood. It’s vegan and a good source of carbs, fiber, protein and other important vitamins, minerals and antioxidant plant compounds that the body needs to stay energized.
Porridge is naturally low in sugar and fat and the fiber and complex-carbs also regulate appetite, which makes it the ideal low-calorie meal that will make you feel fuller for longer.
Porridge is pre-race nutritional rocket fuel. The wholegrain found in 3Bears porridge is a low-glycemic carb which provides long-lasting energy for endurance athletes.
Porridge is also a source of protein, iron, and B vitamins which all play an important role in muscle growth, function and recovery. That’s why strength-training athletes and bodybuilders love this stuff as a post-workout meal to kickstart the muscle recovery/growth process.
Porridge won’t just give your body energy in the morning, but also your brain. Vitamins B, E potassium and zinc help the brain to function to optimum levels, so whether you’ve got a busy day ahead of you in the office or your studying for your exams, a bowl of porridge for breakfast is likely to boost productivity, help you stay focused and stop you feeling stressed.
It’s also an easily digestible nutritional food for all ages, especially young kids. It’s strong nutritional profile aids in baby’s and young children’s growth and development and the smooth and comforting texture will satisfy even the fussiest eaters. It’s also a great breakfast for fueling that first day at school and keeping kids energized in the playground.
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