The Porridge Diaries: Coconutty Orange Porridge

IMG_4207Hola! I bring you the latest installment of The Porridge Diaries with a recipe for this Coconutty Orange Flavoured Porridge.

Also, have you guys heard about the new food pyramid being released in Australia? I’d love to here your thoughts. I think it was a good idea to update it to this generation’s needs, especially due to the growing obesity epidemic. In my opinion, it’s all for the better good. What about you?

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Recipe

Coconutty Orange Porridge

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon dessicated coconut
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ orange, juiced and zest

To serve:

  • Orange and Coconut muesli/granola
  • Orange zest

Method:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over low heat. Bring to a steady simmer for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring as often as you can to give you a smooth creamy porridge – if you like your porridge runnier, simply add a splash more milk or water until you’ve got the consistency you like.
  2. Serve warm in a bowl with your desired toppings.

Notes:

The recipe I used for the muesli was from Healthy Natty.

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Ahhh! I realised I haven’t being doing my ‘The Lowdown’ section lately. Ooops! So here we go:

The Lowdown:

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Image from here.

This is a great seasonal recipe because, well, it’s porridge (duh) but aside from that fact it makes good use of fresh oranges, which are in season during winter, along with all the other good orange coloured fruits and vegetables: sweet potato, pumpkin, mandarins, and grapefruit just to list a few. I am a big fan of fruits but I do really love oranges for their juicy citrus flavour. They provide us with much more than the widely recognised vitamin C benefits (whilst they are still good). So, here are some reasons for why you should include oranges into your diet, in my attempt to win you over:

  • They’re low in calories but full of nutrients.
  • They promote clear, healthy skin.
  • They can help to lower our risk for many diseases and conditions as part of an overall healthy and varied diet.
  • “An orange has over 170 different phytochemicals and more than 60 flavonoids, many of which have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and strong antioxidant effects.”
  • They’re a great natural sweetener.
  • They can be eaten raw in fruit salads, savoury salads or by themselves, juiced/zested, candied/dried, or in marmalades.
  • They also fit into the new Healthy Eating Pyramid, which suggests that 70% of our diet should be plant-based.

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Whilst this recipe may look fancy, I’m all about quick and easy stuff, so really its not that hard to make. It’s also a great healthy and balanced breakfast to have any day of the week. It tastes so good you wont even no its healthy!

The coconut additions are optional but I really love the extra flavour and nutrients they bring to the meal so I would give them a go.

Tanisha xx

References:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/272782.php

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