WORLD PORRIDGE DAY 10th OCTOBER

10 October 2017

Porridge is packed with goodness and is the perfect start to your day as it keeps you going till lunch time.

WHAT IS IN IT?

100g porridge contains only 50 calories

16mg potassium

6mg sodium

11g carbohydrate

0.5g fiber

1.49g protein

Calcium, Iron and Magnesium

FUN FACTS & HISTORY

Porridge can really mean any grain that is cooked and mashed and eaten hot or even cold. Scottish porridge dates back thousands of years and is always made using oatmeal.

Traditionally porridge in Scotland was made and kept in a Porridge Drawer where it solidified and was cut out in bars and eaten later by workers for lunch to keep them going all day.

The name Porridge comes from the 16th century words Pottage and Porray both meaning broth.

Traditionally Scots porridge was served in a wooden bowl and when cooked stirred with a special wooden stick called a Spurtle.

Every year thereat thea Porridge Making World Championships in Carrbridge a Golden Spurtle is awarded to the winner.

Explorers and mountaineers always used to carry porridge to keep up their energy lervels. Porridge has been to the North and South Poles and also up Mount Everest!

Porridge was taken into space by US astronauts.

PORRIDGE POWER

Porridge helps to lower blood pressure

Reduces bad cholesterol

The wholegrain goodness maintains steady blood sugar levels

Porridge is low in calories

High in fiber for fullness

HOW TO MAKE PORRIDGE

Traditionalists say that porridge should just be made with oatmeal, water and a pinch of salt. Many people make it simply by cooking the oatmeal in milk.

You can top your porridge with fresh or dried fruit, bananas and apples are great. Some people add syrup or jam to their porridge.

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