Ground Nut & Seed Porridge

Ground nut & seed porridge.jpgI have written about breakfast before because I feel very passionately about this first meal of the day. I find that making sure I have a healthy breakfast sets me up for better eating patterns the rest of the day. Also, breakfast accounts for about 30% of the day’s nutrients – doesn’t that make it the ideal place to start making healthy change?

Most mornings of the week, I have a mostly vegetable smoothie which I keep exciting by playing around with the vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and taste I use. Some days I will have a more gingery smoothie, others a more chocolatey or chai-inspired one.

There are days when I feel like having something different to a smoothie though and this recipe is what I often have. I personally am not a fan of oats – I find I don’t digest them very well and they don’t keep me full, so I wanted an alternative to typical mueslis and porridges.

Here is my answer to a more traditional porridge – a ground nut and seed porridge that will keep you going until lunch time thanks to the healthy fats and protein you get from the nuts and seeds. Try it out and see if it works for you, too!

Ground Nut & Seed Porridge

The mix below is actually called LSA (Linseed, Sunflower and Almond) and was created by Australian doctor, Dr Sandra Cabot, also known as Liver Doctor. It is very simple to prepare and provides essential fatty acids Omega-3, 6 and 9 in the ‘right’ ratios, while also being rich vitamins and minerals. I also find the nutty taste really delicious when it is prepared as described below.

You can make a bigger quantity of the mix and keep it in the fridge for a few days, making it a breakfast that is ready to eat in just a few minutes!

Ingredients

3 tbsp linseeds

2 tbsp sunflower, pumpkin or sesame seeds

1 tbsp almonds or hazelnuts

A splash of milk of your choice – I use almond milk which I make myself. This video shows how you can make your own nut or seed milk in just a few minutes. You can warm the milk a little if you want.

OR

Full-fat, natural yoghurt (without any added sugar)

Fresh or dried fruit

Method

Grind seeds and nuts in a coffee grinder or spice mill.

Spoon 2-3 tablespoons of the ground mix into a bowl and add a little natural yoghurt or milk – enough to create a thick paste.

Add spices of your choice such as cinnamon, vanilla or cardamon. Spices add a naturally sweet taste while also providing taste benefits – for example, cinnamon has been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels.

Top with raisins/other dried fruit or fresh fruit.

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