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Simple Spiced Scottish Porridge

By Dipika Patel

Many of us are welcoming the New Year with new lifestyle and eating habits. Personally, I believe it’s time to clear my digestive tract and flush out those accumulated pandemic and holiday toxins. Over the holidays, I indulged in hearty breakfasts, lunches and dinners, so it is time to simplify my morning routine. 

If you’re feeling the same, I’d like to share one of my favorite versatile meals, spiced Scottish porridge. 

Do you know the importance of presoaking your oats (porridge) and why it is supportive to your digestive system? The traditional method is to cook oats in your liquid of choice on the stovetop for about 10-20 minutes. However, this method does not naturally allow the oats to open. It also cooks out nutrients that can be damaged through excessive heat. On the other hand, soaking oats helps the starches break down and reduces the natural phytic acid. This process helps your body utilize the nutrients efficiently, absorbing vitamins, minerals and macronutrients.  It also keeps you feeling fuller for longer and provides the necessary slow-releasing energy to last you till your next meal.

Not only does this particular recipe need minimal prep time, but there is no stove involved. The process is much longer; however, this will not affect you as you will be getting your beauty sleep!

2-4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups old fashioned rolled oats 
  • 2 cups of liquid of choice (milk or water)
  • Pinch of Himalayan salt to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon ginger powder
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 1 – 2 medjool dates, pitted and chopped 

Directions:

  1. Pre-soak oats by mixing oats and liquid of choice and mix; cover and refrigerate overnight.  
  2. Next morning, take presoaked oaks and mix in all your seasonings. Add more liquid if your desired consistency has not been achieved. 
  3. You can either warm it on the stove or microwave or eat it cold.   

This porridge keeps in the refrigerator for up to a week. If you do not add the spices, you can turn this delicious mixture into a sweet or savory dish, or you can add a couple of tablespoons into your favorite smoothie and blend for a thinker, smoother texture. Don’t forget… the topping options are endless; be creative and add whatever will brighten your day! 

Dipika is a holistic health and lifestyle coach who empowers clients to activate a balanced lifestyle of mind, body and soul. She can be reached at health@loveyourlifehealthy.com or www.loveyourlifehealthy.com.

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