Want Better Breakfast? Go For Porridge!

We all know the importance of eating a good breakfast. It sets you up for the day, helps to stabilise your blood sugar and prevents you from overeating later in the morning. However, this is only the case if you choose a good breakfast. This means something balanced with the right mix of carbs, protein and healthy fat. Something with fibre to prevent blood sugar spikes and keep you full, and something that's not going to add empty calories. And one breakfast that fits the bill is porridge- here's why it's worth grabbing oats in 
the morning

It's a nutritious option
Oats are a rich source of fibre, specifically soluble fibre which can help lower cholesterol levels. They contain important vitamins and minerals, such as magnesium, zinc, phosphorus and B vitamins. They are a low-fat, low-calorie food, making them a good option for weight management. Oats have a low glycemic index, which means they are slowly digested and absorbed, providing sustained energy.
And finally, they contain antioxidants, which can help protect against cellular damage and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

It's versatile
Oats alone are full of great benefits but you can also add so many different things to them- this can boost the nutrition as well as the flavour. Consider fresh or dried fruit, nuts, seeds, dark chocolate chips and various health supplements and powders from maca root to herbs and spices such as cinnamon and ginger. You get calcium and protein from adding things like various milks or yoghurt. Oats can be made into a typical porridge for a warm breakfast, or made as overnight oats for a chilled option. You could bake them into bars to take on the go, or turn them into homemade granola. 

Its filling
The last thing you want is a breakfast that has you reaching for a snack in an hour. Oats are satiating and will keep you full right until lunch. Not only is this convenient but perfect if you're trying to consume less calories and generally eat less during the day. 

It's low in fat and calories
Oats themselves are a good option for those watching their weight. Adding extras such as fruit and low calorie milk options again keeps down the amount of calories down, avoid adding sugar which will bump up the calories and instead go for fresh fruit or fruit purees which are a healthier option for sweetening.