Now doesn’t that sound like the tagline for a breakfast cereal! Haha..
No, I’m not here to promote the latest breakfast cereal you can get from the store, but rather, I just wanted to share how I have been preparing breakfast for the past week or so.
Thoroughly inspired by my friend who regularly prepares yummy nutritious meals for her family, (and also because I literally drool over her food pictures) I decided to try making some wholegrain porridge for breakfast.
For a start, I’m experimenting with wheat berries and oat groats.
I use only a quarter cup of each grain and that’s enough to make breakfast for two.
The night before, I put the grain combo into a pot and add about 2.5 cups water. A dash of salt is optional.
I bring the mixture to a boil over very low heat and simmer it for 15 minutes or so. Then I let it stand on the stove till morning.
When I wake up, I boil the mixture for another 20-30minutes and it’s ready to serve! The wheat berries have an al dente bite to it, whereas oat groats taste a lot like your regular rolled oats but slightly firmer. I like mine with a little bit of fresh milk poured in for flavor but hubby takes it milk-less.
You can eat it plain, or if you’re like me, you can let your imagination run wild and throw in a concoction of good stuff.
We’ve tried it with ground cinnamon and dried cranberries:
We’ve tried adding some maple syrup, ground cinnamon and steamed sweet potatoes:
And my favorite so far, which we had yesterday morning: with ground cinnamon, maple syrup and sliced strawberries:
Pleasing to the eye and palate too 🙂
Those strawberries actually were sour on their own, but when I added them to the wholegrain porridge, it was absolutely scrumptious!
I’ve read that you can add a sprinkle of brown sugar or some molasses if you like, as well. The possibilities are endless!
This breakfast leaves me feeling healthy and yet full, but not the same way an oil-laden bowl of Hokkien mee in the morning does. It’s a great way to start the day! I’ve noticed some improvement on my complexion too; whole grains must be good for that too – and I’ve also become more regular. 🙂
Have you tried wholegrain porridge for breakfast, and if so, have you any suggestions for me? 🙂
My personal goal now though is to try to get my kids to love this as much as I do, hopefully leading by example.