...with a bowl of porridge!
Wikipedia describes porridge as “a dish made by boiling ground, crushed, or chopped cereal in water, milk, or both, with optional flavourings.
Maybe I’ve been watching too much Masterchef because for me, porridge is a blank canvas on which to create a colourful, tasty, warm, and nutritious treat for the eyes, tastebuds, and tummy.
Satisfy the senses with a choice of grains like rolled oats or spelt, or quinoa or rice flakes (for a gluten free option). Add fresh, dried or stewed fruit for colour and sweetness; nuts & seeds for texture and more complex flavour; and cook with milk or top with yoghurt for an even creamier taste.
Then tuck in guilt free knowing the grains, fruits and nuts are providing a great mix of fibre, vitamins, and minerals. The nuts and any dairy combined with the grains also improves the protein content helping you feel full on a cold winter morning.
The combinations seem limitless so I thought I’d share a some of my favourites below:
1. Dice dried apricots and throw them in with the grains (they plump up while cooking). Top with pepitas, walnuts, and ground cinnamon & nutmeg.
2. Cook the grains in a cup of chai tea, while lightly stewing a few strawberries in water with a dash of rosewater and a cardamon pod. Top with pistachio kernels, yoghurt, and black chia seeds (drizzle with honey to double for dessert).
3. Oops! Too tasty to wait for a picture.
How about you? What’s your favourite porridge recipe?
Want to warm up this winter without hunching over the heater or fireplace? Then head outside for a walk.
Walking is a great activity for all ages and fitness levels, and winter is the perfect time for it when the midday UV factor is too low to worry about.
Walking is great for mind, body, and spirit. Mentally it’s been shown decrease stress levels and improve mental acuity. Taking a stroll outdoors provides a rest from sensory overload and allows us time to reflect or think about other things.
Physically it’s the perfect activity for us. You can walk off a meal, or work up an appetite for the next one. It gets the blood flowing, is low impact so easy on the joints, and is what our whole musculoskeletal system evolved to do.
Spiritually we feel more connected to life being in nature, which also sharpens our senses. Walking in nature also provides an opportunity for the universe to give us guidance on what’s going on in our lives. Pay attention to the animals that cross your path while you walk then look up their symbolic meaning for a very personal life lesson.
So go on, grab that new beanie or scarf you’ve been wanting to wear and get out in nature.