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
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 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.