Diabetic breakfast ideas: Porridge

So you’ve heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day a thousand time. But when you have diabetes, it is true. 
It is in the morning, around breakfast time, when you are likely to have the highest blood glucose levels.
Choosing the right breakfast will help improve your control for the rest of the day. And for many diabetics, porridge is the answer.

 Porridge with Fresh Fruit

What are the advantage of eating porridge at breakfast?

Porridge is a carbohydrate, it’s true. But a good carbohydrate. It is high in soluble fibre making it slower to digest. And it won’t raise your blood sugar as much or as quickly. 
Best of all it is versatile. You can choose to serve it with seasonal fresh fruits, reduced sugar syrups … but more of that later.

 How to make porridge for breakfast

Champion porridge maker Ian Bishop from Carrbridge  in Scotland swears by the following method:

  • Pour three cups of water into a small saucepan and place over a moderate heat.
  • Tip in one cup of medium oatmeal and bring to the  boil, stirring constantly.
  • As soon as the  porridge starts to pop and splutter, add half a teaspoon  of salt. (Add salt to all porridge, even if you are  going to sweeten it afterwards.)
  • Continue stirring until the porridge  has been cooking for a total time of 5 minutes. Tip into warm bowls.
  • Serve with a bowl of cold milk ready. Lift a spoonful of hot porridge and dip it into the cold milk and eat.

Traditionally, you should only stir your porridge clockwise or you risk summoning the devil. A wooden spurtle will get right  into the corners and prevent your porridge from sticking.

 Warming porridge with orange segments

Liven up your daily breakfast by adding the fresh toppings

If you want to liven up your daily porridge, yogurt or cereal, simply add healthy toppings:-

  • dried apricots, pears or prunes
  • fresh chopped fruits, such as apples, bananas and oranges, topped with a spoonful of yogurt or low fat fromage frais
  • Natural fruit syrup
  • orange segments with natural or greek yoghurt
  • raisins or sultanas
  • stewed apples, fresh fruit compote or apple sauce (easy to make at home)

Did you know?

You can prevent the mad rush in the morning by mixing your oats with milk before bedtime. Leave overnight and microwave or cook in the morning. Serve hot and steaming!

Diabetic friendly Porridge Oats

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