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How to make the perfect porridge

Porridge has long been a breakfast staple and for good reason; it is a great source of slow-release energy, B vitamins and fibre. Porridge oats contain a specific type of soluble fibre called beta-glucan, which has been shown to help lower cholesterol.

Here we show you the essential steps to creating creamy porridge every time, as well as topping ideas to provide you with a balanced, nutrient-dense breakfast to keep you going up until lunchtime.

A step-by-step guide to making porridge

  1. Add porridge oats to a saucepan. How much you need will vary depending on your individual circumstances but a serving of 30-60g is usually enough for most people.
  2. Top the oats with your choice of liquid until covered.
  3. Cook on a low heat, stirring regularly, until creamy and thick. Be sure not to let it boil, as this breaks down the proteins in the porridge and can make the end result watery.
  4. To serve, top with a source of protein (such as peanut or almond butter, seeds or yoghurt) and at least one portion of fruit or vegetables (berries, bananas, apples, grated carrot, dates, avocado and plums all make good options).

Top tip; try mixing up your usual milk to create new flavours. Great options include oat milk, coconut milk, fruit juice, or for a savoury porridge dish, try vegetable stock! Adding herbs and spices can completely revitalise the humble porridge – experiment with flavours to find your new favourite.

Thanks to our placement Nutritionist Shelley for creating these videos and blog posts.

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