Gut Friendly Creamy Porridge

This is my go to breakfast at the moment and who would have thought a humble little porridge could be healthy on so many levels.

We know how important fibre is after my article on it here (it was also a preventative tip for my bowel cancer post on instagram recently) so pairing rolled oats with flaxseeds, walnuts and pomegranate is the ultimiate fibre hit. Oats are also a good source of beta-glucan to help lower raised cholesterol. Pomegranate itself is an amazing food being high in polyphenols and vitamin C (good for gut health, anti-ageing and reducing cholesterol). Walnuts and flaxseeds are great for omega-3 fatty acids (I personally eat them both daily).

To top it off I make the porridge extra creamy by adding kefir on top (I love The Culture Co). Kefir is a great source of probiotics but there's a tip to having it with porridge to maximise these probiotic benefits - don’t mix it in while the porridge is cooking! Heat can kill off the beneficial bacteria so it’s best to cook your porridge low and slow and then I pour the kefir on top, rather than mixing it through to get the most probiotic benefits.

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Serves 1

Ingredients

1/3 cup rolled oats (use quinoa or millet flakes for gluten free)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
1/2 teaspoon manuka honey (optional)
1/2 cup milk (any kind but I like coconut milk)
1/3 cup kefir
1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon pomegranate arils (and any juice)

Directions

Place the oats, cinnamon, flaxseeds, honey and milk in a small saucepan on low heat. Stir regularly until thickened to your liking (avoid temptation to increase heat and shorten cooking time as the lower the temperature the better to get the benefits of the kefir).

Spoon into a bowl and top with kefir, walnuts and pomegranate.

*If you want to make this recipe as an on-the-go or take to work option simply combine the oats, cinnamon, flaxseeds, and milk in a jar and the kefir, walnuts and pomegranate in a separate jar and leave in the fridge overnight. The next day just add some water and cook on a stove top OR add a bit of boiled water to the oat mixture until softened and warm, then top with kefir mix.

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