Whether prepared from millet, maize, oats or cassava flour, there is no doubt that for centuries civilisations have thrived on the potent power of good old porridge. This however may be lost to many toddlers and teens alike because, let’s face it; porridge is not exactly the most exciting or versatile food in the world. If you are the adventurous type or simply lost on how to get your kids to down this nutritious drink, then here are a few tricks that may help push things along.
Got milk? Known for its bone building properties because it is rich in calcium, magnesium and protein nutrient, adding milk to porridge is the deluxe version of porridge preparation! Its rich, refined, buttery flavour will add life to any regular bowl of porridge.
While some people find it easy to add at the end of the preparation, the runny nature of milk may interfere with the porridge’s overall texture turning it runny as well. The best time to add it is at the very beginning of the cooking process. For vegans or those who are lactose intolerant, there are different types of milk to choose from such as almond, coconut and soya milk. For the more weight conscious, a cup of fat free yoghurt is another good alternative to try out.
Fruity mix: For those who enjoy a good bite, adding a selection of fruits not only serves to give the porridge a crunchy feel, but is also a good alternative to sugar while still packing on a variety of nutrients. Apples, peaches and pears are a good way to go. If you want to kick it up a notch, toss some fruits into the oven or pan and sauté them for a few minutes for a caramelised finish and add them to the porridge. For a creamier or softer touch, use mashed bananas or berries or mix it up for a burst of flavours.
Sweet and savoury: So, you probably never thought a time would come when porridge would make it to the food treat list? But it is possible. All it takes is a dose of creativity and in a healthy way! Consider sweeteners such as honey. Not only is it a healthier alternative to refined sugar, but it is also converted into energy at a much slower rate hence long-lasting energy levels. Other alternatives you can add to the porridge include dried fruits such as sultanas, dates and raisins.
Published in September 2016