Recipes

Pomegranate & Pollen Dairy-Free Porridge

This week Helen Mead shares this delicious winter porridge recipe with us as well as listing all the reasons why we should say yes to a healthy breakfast that will uplift us in the winter months. We hope you enjoy it!

Do it ALL with this scrumptious porridge! Reward your mind and body with this hearty and healthful breakfast; totally satisfy your tastebuds as well as lifting your mood!

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day – now believe it by seeing what this one simple dish will do for you!

Balance your blood sugar
Smooth your nervous system
Reduce cholesterol
Improve your digestion
Help your body detoxify
Boost your immune system
Reduce allergies
Balance your hormones
Boost your fertility
AND Improve your mood

Pomegranate and Pollen Dairy-Free Porridge

Ingredients per person

  • 1/2 mug of porridge oats
  • I mug of coconut rice dream
  • 1/2 finely chopped apple (skin included)
  • 1 tablespoon mixed seeds (sunflower/pumpkin/sesame)
  • 1 piece of finely chopped dried mango

for the topping

  • 1 dessertspoon of Pollen
  • 1/4 medium sized Pomegranate

Recipe

  1. Combine the oats, rice dream, apple, seeds and mango in a pan. You can either prepare it the night before or on rising and leave it to soak for at least 30 minutes to an hour for jumbo oats.
  2. Stir fairly constantly over a medium heat until it reaches a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and continue to cook for a few minutes. If too thick for your taste add a little water or additional rice milk.

I was inspired to share this by The Life Crentre’s theme of Winter Warmers – this is my favourite current way to start the day.

I first discovered Rice Dream when I became diary free 20 years ago.The benefit of using it in creating your perfect porridge is that it is also naturally sweet so there is no temptation (or need) to add any sweeteners.Their recent addition to their range of Coconut Rice Dream has sent me on a voyage of discovering new ways to enjoy my start to the day. This recipe sees me tipping a nod to my days in Thailand and hints at the flavours of sticky rice and mango pudding with the addition of a little of the dried variety – which like an essence, comes through the porridge with a delicious hint to the sunshine and beaches every few mouthfuls… bringing warm memories to overcast and cooler mornings. Don’t under-estimate the influence of creating such an experience for your body/mind to give yourself a positive psychological boost at a time of year so many of us can start feeling a little low. Embrace the magic of the strength of our memories and bring them alive in the present moment!

As well as packing a magical taste punch – this recipe also features many super foods. Don’t,. whatever you do, underestimate the power of two of the major, and less glamourous ingredients: the oats and the apple. #
Oats are probably the most economical super food on the planet. a complex carbohydrate containing ten per cent protein and plentiful fibre – they will balance your blood sugar, keeping you fuller longer, while also gifting your digestive system the bulk to attach excess cholesterol, oestrogen (an excess of which so often causes our PMT) and any toxins the liver has cleared out the night before, and package it up to exit our bodies in a timely (and regular) manner. If you are constipated (less than one bowel movement a day) add a tablespoon of ground or whole brown linseeds to your porridge on serving.

Oats are also a great boost to your mood. They contain a natural tonic for your nervous system which helps to balance out the effects of stress and depletion, especially adrenal burn-out and insomnia. the more regularly you get your oats – the better you’ll feel, the more able you’ll be to cope with what life throws at you and you’ll be able to sleep better too through it.

For those who stress hits them in the stomach the oats too will also help, as will the addition of the apple. By cooking this fruit in you help to alleviate gas and bloating. another favourite of mine is to stew cooking apples with cloves and cinnamon (especially if you experience uneven blood sugar) and then add a couple of tablespoons to the end porridge. Apple is rich in pectin which is another binder to take toxins out of the body- so is always good in the morning (as the liver cleans at night). Preparing the porridge the night before allows the flesh of the fruit longer to oxidise which turns it brown- the darker it becomes the greater its anti-fungal properties. Eating an oxidated apple is the cheapest and easiest way of killing off fungi in the gut.

Pollen and pomegranate combine to make the perfect toppings for this winter season as well as making your breakfast look beautifully seasonal! The pomegranate is another wonderful cholesterol cleanser, boosting heart health – so especially beneficial if you are indulging in more treats than usual over the festive season! And the pollen, well the pollen, is a complete blessing and the number one superfood there is containing virtually every nutrient needed by man. Bee pollen also stabilises cholesterol, boosts the immune system and has been used for centuries to rid sufferers of their allergies. it also promotes a healthy weight and helps to control cravings. Finally, if this weren’t enough- if you are looking to conceive it also boosts your fertility. So this breakfast could really make you feel like Queen Bee!

Remember its not just what we eat its how we eat it.
So maximise your enjoyment of this porridge by eating it mindfully (that means without checking your emails at the same time!). Take time to notice the tastes, textures, aromas and how your mind and body respond to them.
Eating mindfully will also stop you over-eating. And not just this meal, studies have shown that you will also be more aware of the next meal you eat too and will consume fewer calories!

Eat well, live better.

Helen Mead is a professional complementary medicine practitioner who operates from a naturopathic base and includes diet and lifestyle in her consultations. Her aim is to inform and empower her clients to heal themselves.

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