Oats, oatmeal, porridge, whatever you want to call it, has been a staple breakfast for centuries.
Now it is very fashionable, with all eateries selling their version of it and the internet is stuffed with oat recipes but this hasn't always been the case. In the 18th century, it was considered to be “poor peoples’ food”, particularly in rural areas. Porridge was not only eaten hot but when cooled it was stored in wooden porridge drawers. (for real) Because it solidifies during cooling and becomes thick and firm, it could be eaten for several days – sliced, fried or stirred back into porridge.... I bet you didn't know that!!
Here is a brilliant example of using cold porridge as a portable meal from Eatnaturally.
There are many good reasons for eating up your porridge in the morning:
Oats are a good source of fibre, to keep you regular, are a good source of carbs and contain more protein and fat than most grains.
They are loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidant plant compounds which may help to reduce blood pressure amongst other benefits.
Eating oats can help reduce your cholesterol and blood sugar levels. They can help promote healthy gut bacteria and help make you feel full up for longer so that you are less tempted to have biscuits with your elevensies.
Whilst pure oats are gluten-free and safe for most people with gluten intolerance, they are often contaminated with gluten because they may be processed in the same place as wheat, rye, and barley, which contain gluten - so check the label.
Don't just eat your oats, you can slather them all over your face - they can help treat dry, itchy skin and various skin conditions, including eczema. They can treat acne and help mop up excess oil on your skin and act as a natural exfoliator. Head over to SIO for some great recipes for facemasks.
You don't even have to cook your oats - prepare them the night before and in the morning, boom, your breakfast is ready, put them in little sealed jars and you can even take them with you. Head over to Chocolate Covered Katie (that would be messy) for a whole week's worth of ideas.
I personally do not keep my porridge in my drawers - (titter, titter,) however, I am sure a large baking tray would work and would be much more hygenic!!!.
more soon xx