Wednesday 20 September 2017

Ten healthiest porridge toppings

Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

Ensure you get the most out of your oats by combining with superfoods, fruits, nuts or seeds.

You don’t have to be a nutritionist, personal trainer, or Goldilocks to know that porridge is one of the healthiest breakfast options around.

Simply put, oats are a nutritional powerhouse, thanks to their combination of filling fibre, protein and B vitamins.

Oats are also low on the glycemic index (GI) scale, thus helping to regulate your blood sugar.

Therefore, it is imperative that you do not undermine a healthy  breakfast by adding high sugar or processed toppings.

Instead, stock your cupboards with the following ingredients, and reap the benefits of a delicious and nutritious start to your day.

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1. Manuka Honey

Many store-bought honey varieties contain a significant amount of sugar and additives. On the other hand, its more expensive counterpart Manuka honey aids digestion, boosts the immune system and is an excellent source of short-term energy.

2. Banana

While bananas are a high GI fruit (i.e. they release sugar quickly into the body) they also contain potassium, which replenishes energy and provides nutrition to the muscles after a workout.

3. Figs

Offering even more potassium than bananas, figs are also high in iron and fibre,  help fight cancer and reduce cholesterol.

4. Pomegranate Seeds

These small jewel-like seeds contain plenty of antioxidants, fibre, Vitamin C and folate.

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5. Raw Cacao

Move over Coco Pops, believe it or not- raw cacao is one of the healthiest foods on the planet, containing essential minerals such as calcium and zinc, B vitamins, fibre, protein and heart healthy fats.

6. Goji Berries

A celebrity favourite, goji berries are fat free,  and  pack and pack an impressive nutritional punch. Improved eyesight, healthier skin,  enhanced immune system and boosted circulation are just some of the benefits associated with goji berries.

7. Bee Pollen

Protein-rich bee pollen is often cited as nature’s energiser. It also helps treat allergies, aids digestion, inhibits cravings and helps to improve circulation.

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8. Seeds

Tiny seeds should not be overlooked, as they offer a wide  array of benefits:

Sesame seeds contain iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc.

Flax seeds are a great source of Omega-3s, protein, fibre,and iron.

Chia seeds are high fibre, high protein and help aid weight loss.

9. Berries

Berries, particularly blueberries, are packed full of antioxidants, substances which counteract the damaging effects of oxidation in the body.

Berries also keep memory sharp, regulate the digestive system, and are a great source of vitamins, and minerals.

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10. Nuts

Though they are high in calories, nuts provide healthy fats and protein, and benefit everything from hair and nails to skin and teeth.

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