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An old dish becomes a new trend. It goes by many names. Porridge, oat bran oatmeal and less invitingly, oatmeal. We are talking about porridge, of course! Universally loved as a healthy and nutritious breakfast, this porridge of oatmeal and milk is now consumed in many different variations.

Porridge is garnished and refined with apples, strawberries, bananas, cinnamon, berries and many other ingredients. In the following article you can learn everything about porridge, what it is made of, how it is prepared, whether it is healthy and how you can best enjoy it.




Summary

  • Traditional English porridge consists of oatmeal and water or milk. The oatmeal can be ground to different degrees of fineness. For the liquid, vegetable milk can also be used, which works just as well.
  • Porridge is mainly eaten as a warm porridge with fruit or spices such as cinnamon or honey for breakfast, because it keeps you full for a long time and is the perfect start to the day. Of course, you can also eat porridge at any other time of the day.
  • Porridge is healthy because it consists of only two natural ingredients and has a lot of fibre, which is good for digestion. Oatmeal is rich in unsaturated fatty acids and healthy minerals.

The Best Porridge: Our Picks

With all the variations and different preparations of porridge, it is sometimes difficult to decide. That's why we've picked out and compared a few great porridge concoctions for you.

Buying and evaluation criteria for porridge

To help you choose the right porridge, here are the most important criteria you should look for when buying porridge:

Find out what these criteria mean in detail and why it is important to pay attention to them.

Additives

Sometimes necessary and sometimes superfluous are additives in porridge that you should watch out for. By law, certain additives must be declared in food. These include colourings, preservatives, antioxidants, flavour enhancers and sweeteners. Porridge should be as natural as possible and therefore contain very few or no additives.

Allergy information

Information on ingredients with allergy potential must be indicated on the packaging. Particular attention should be paid to the cereals contained, such as oats and other grains. Very close attention should also be paid to the addition of nuts.

Allergies to nuts can be very severe and some porridge mixes have various nuts mixed in. Attention must also be paid to milk and lactose or milk powder, as this product is then not suitable for vegans or lactose intolerant people.

Item weight

With regard to weight, the ratio of the net weight of the product to the total weight of the product with packaging should be taken into account. Sometimes the weight of the packaging is relatively high and is given as the total weight of the item. To be on the safe side, you should always look at the price per 100g net weight and compare it with other products. This way you avoid buying an expensive product with less content.

Vegan / Vegetarian

All classic porridge dishes are vegetarian, i.e. without meat. However, as a vegan, who renounces all animal products, you have to pay attention to something more. Many porridge mixes contain milk powder, which is of course not vegan. You should also look out for gelatine, egg whites and other animal products such as honey when looking for a vegan porridge.

Special features

Particularly great are, of course, products with an organic or eco certification or products that are produced regionally or only in Germany. These products promise high quality, environmental awareness and the best ingredients. But they are usually a bit more expensive.

Special features can also be added sugar, for example, which does not have to be listed among the additives, but is nevertheless not really desirable. A healthy porridge should not contain unhealthy industrial sugar and you should pay attention to this when buying it.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about porridge answered in detail

Now we will answer the most important and frequently asked questions about porridge.

Who is porridge suitable for?

Porridge is actually suitable for everyone. If you want a tasty and healthy breakfast, porridge is the right thing for you. Porridge is especially suitable for athletes or people with an active lifestyle who need a filling breakfast so they don't get hungry again until lunch.

When it comes to age groups, porridge can be eaten and digested well by toddlers to pensioners alike.

Even vegans can enjoy porridge prepared with water or with various plant-based milk alternatives. Only people with an oat or gluten intolerance need to avoid oat porridge. But there are also alternative porridge recipes with buckwheat and quinoa.

What types of porridge are there?

There are many different types of porridge. The original porridge, originating from England or more precisely Scotland, is made from oatmeal and water and is mixed with milk or cream on the plate when warm or cold.

Nowadays, porridge is usually eaten warm and mixed with fine oat flakes and milk or water. It is then garnished with fruit and refined with spices or sweeteners such as agave syrup or honey.

Porridge

Porridge is often garnished with various berries. Try stirring in maple syrup or honey! (Image source: Rita E/ pixabay)

Overnight oats are also very popular. Raw oatmeal is mixed with liquid, left overnight and eaten the next morning. There are no limits to the creativity with oatmeal and that is why there is also baked porridge or even porridge in the form of balls or small cakes.

How is porridge prepared?

Porridge is very quick and easy to make. The only ingredients you need are oatmeal and water or milk or vegetable milk. For one person you need 40g of oatmeal and 200ml of your chosen liquid.

Heat both together in a saucepan and cook to a porridge, stirring constantly. The porridge is ready after about 2-3 minutes on the cooker and can be garnished with ingredients of your choice and eaten.

How healthy is porridge and what nutritional values does it contain?

The oat flakes in porridge contain little fat and sugar, but a lot of unsaturated fatty acids. Porridge fills you up thanks to the fibre and complex carbohydrates it contains. Porridge also contains iron, protein, folic acid, magnesium, biotin, zinc, B1 and B6. Porridge is therefore not only filling, but also healthy.

Conclusion

No matter when, no matter where, no matter how, porridge never disappoints! True to this motto, you can eat porridge and garnish it however and whenever you like. Maybe you'll invent a new trendy recipe with porridge and surprise us all with the infinite variety of flavours of a few oat flakes and water with creative additions.

Porridge is more fashionable than ever and its many healthy and delicious qualities have made it an essential part of many people's breakfast tables. We're definitely excited about the diverse flavours of the different porridge varieties and can't wait to test more for you.

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