The winter chill has really set in so I fancied something filling and comforting this morning. As I’ve mentioned before, porridge is one of my favourite breakfasts, so I whizzed some up in the microwave, and chucked in some frozen berries to add a healthy dose of vitamins…
I used half a cup of oats and a cup of Alpro unsweetened almond milk for the porridge, which I blasted on high in the microwave for a minute at a time – it took about three minutes all together, but if you are making porridge in the microwave you really do have to watch it like a hawk so it doesn’t boil over – I’d recommend using a really large micro-safe container, otherwise I find my porridge boils up but won’t get to quite the right consistency (I like my porridge thick and stodgy feeling).
Once my porridge was just right (a la Goldilocks), I added a generous helping of frozen berries. For blog post purposes I made this look pretty in a nice bowl…
…however for “deskfesting” purposes I needed to make this portable so I transferred it into an airtight container and took it to work with me. This was a nice breakfast – the hot porridge instantly thaws out the berries, and in turn the berries cool down the porridge. Now personally I didn’t mind this at room temperature, because I am one of those people who like cold rice pudding, and cold custard – if the thought of that makes you squirm, then you might want to add the berries to the microwave and heat them up with the porridge.
This definitely kept me full til lunch, and is one I’ll probably have again, as it’s really easy, convenient and healthy.
Alpro almond milk comes in sweetened and unsweetened varieties – I used unsweetened which is really low in calorie – 26 cals per 200mls, and I am trying to reduce the amount of sweeteners and sugars I consume… If you’ve never tried almond milk before, then it is a really fresh tasting alternative – to me this is slightly less thick and creamy than soya milk and has a really mild nutty taste. It works well in tea and coffee, although you do have to add a fair bit if you want a “milky” drink.
If you’ve been making your own “deskfests” then tweet a picture using the twitter handle @Alpro_UK, and the hashtag #deskfest to be in with a chance to win a trip to New York! (More details HERE).
Disclaimer – I was provided with the Alpro products shown in the post for the purposes of blogging and promoting the Deskfest challenge.