Eating a bowl of microwave porridge oats in the morning is a really healthy way to start your day. Because it is rich in fibre, porridge oats fills you up without overloading you with calories or making you feel bloated. This is good if you’re trying to lose some weight as it will keep you from snacking all the way until lunchtime. Porridge oats aids digestion and unlike bran, oats are gentle on the stomach.
A diet rich in fibre has been implicated in preventing heart disease. Many studies have found that those people who eat a lot of fibre rich foods are less likely to suffer from heart disease than those who eat very little. Soluble fibre which is found in fruit, vegetables, peas, beans and of course, oats, helps reduce blood cholesterol. It’s a complex process but, put simply, think of rolled oats as tiny sponges in your body that soak up cholesterol.
Microwave porridge oats boosts your protein intake. Of all the cereals, porridge oats has the highest protein content. This is excellent for brain development and growth in kids and of course good for muscle development if you’re working out.
Porridge stabilises blood sugar levels and eating porridge oats on a regular basis can help reduce the risk of Type 2 (Adult onset) diabetes.
Eating porridge helps the brain to produce serotonin. Serotonin is a brain transmitter that helps keep our spirits up and our appetites down. Levels of serotonin dip when sunlight is low – i.e. during the winter months and can frequently lead to Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Considering all of the health benefits this food brings, the recipe for microwave porridge oats is really, really easy. Just follow the instructions below.
- 1 breakfast bowl
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1 cup milk or water
Select your microwave oven's power to get the correct timing
Total Cooking Time = 2 mins, 0 secs
- Put the oats into the bowl
- Pour in the milk or water and stir
- Place the oats into the microwave
- Cook on full power for 2 minutes
- Stand for 1 minute before eating
To Serve Microwave Porridge Oats
Stir the cooked porridge and add a little sugar or salt to suit your taste.
Microwave Porridge Oats Tips
The porridge can be cooked with additional ingredients such as raisins, blueberries, healthy seeds and nuts. To sweeten your microwave porridge breakfast instead of sugar you can try maple syrup or as I prefer, Golden Syrup.