Monday, 11 December 2017

Oatmeal Porridge with Frozen Berries

I recently discovered the joys of frozen berries, yes life just got easier in that aspect at least. I've been so set in my 'fresh fruit and veg' ways that I never actually noticed frozen produce until a few months ago. Frozen fruit is not nutritionally compromised in any way, they are actually just as nutritious as fresh fruit so don't be afraid to use them. Frozen produce is usually cheaper and of course convenient, a great way to incorporate some fruit as well as vegetables into your diet. Time is not a factor as they are an easy alternative. Fruits and vegetables are beneficial to health which is why '5 a day' is the talk of the town. The Department of Health and the World Health Organisation recommend that we consume at least 5 portion of varied fruits and vegetables a day, equating to a third of our daily food intake (Bond, British Dietetic Association 2017). There is evidence to suggest that the risk of developing stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity is lowered by the consumption of a sufficient amount of fruit and vegetables. Have a I convinced you yet? The BDA has a great Food Fact Sheet on how you can meet your 5 a day, read it here. Health facts aside, a nice bowl of porridge is so warming, comforting and satisfying first thing in the morning. I don't know about you but I'm not exactly fond of the cold.


Oats are a great way to get in your dietary fibre which is now recommended at 30g/day (SACN 2015). They are convenient and super easy to make with either milk or water (I use water).  If you're not a fan of Oats, give them another try, top with fruits, peanut butter,  hint of syrup, there's so much you can do in one bowl. Have a look at my INSTAGRAM for some inspiration. So, why not give it a try? 


Have a wonderful week!
Nokhuthula xo 






References: 

Bond, H. (2017) Food Fact Sheet: Fruit and Vegetables - how to get 5-a-day. BDA. Available at: https://www.bda.uk.com/foodfacts/FruitVeg.pdf

SACN (2015) Carbohydrates and Health. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/445503/SACN_Carbohydrates_and_Health.pdf 
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