#BTreviews : @whitesoats celebrate @breakfastweek by Grainne McGarvey

20140131-162715.jpgIt’s not very often I have a top chef cooking my breakfast, so when Paula McIntyre was in charge of the hob to highlight Farmhouse Breakfast Week, I knew I was in for a treat.

Paula was working with White’s Speedicook, a local porridge and oat cereal producer to rustle up some breakfast ideas that are slightly more interesting than the usual options.

I love porridge during the week, but only have time for the two minutes required to ping it in the microwave with milk, so was grateful to try Paula’s options of maple syrup, rhubarb and nuts. Granted, some of her ideas are slightly more suited to a leisurely Saturday morning, rather than a frantic week day, but I’d say they are worth trying when I have the time.

20140131-163741.jpgWe all want to buy local, but sometimes it’s out of a sense of community, rather than because the product tastes the nicest. I always thought porridge is porridge, but they do in fact taste different, so says local shoppers who selected White’s as their favourite in a recent blind taste test of four of the leading porridge oat cereals.

Now for the technical bit:

• The nutritional benefits of porridge oats – such as their high fibre and high beta glucan properties, which have been proven to lower cholesterol** has led to many endorsements from health professionals in recent years and a surge in their popularity.

• Oats are one of a small group of superfoods*** because of their high concentration of vitamins and minerals. Oats are a complex carbohydrate that release energy more slowly into the bloodstream and so make the body feel fuller for longer, reducing the urge to grab high fat high sugar snacks in mid-morning.

• Naturally low in fat, oats have no added salt or sugar and are low in calories with an average bowl of porridge containing just 103 kcal making it an ideal nutritious and healthy breakfast.

**the inclusion of oats as part of a diet low in saturated fat and a healthy lifestyle can help reduce cholesterol

***Nuts, broccoli, blueberries and avocado are the other three superfoods.

I have now learnt that porridge oats are not just for breakfast; thanks to Paula I now have the recipe for blackberry and raspberry granola bars, oaty wheaten cob as well as oat and raisin pancakes. I think I might need some practice, well a lot of practice to have the recipes looking half as good –but I came home armed with my ingredients, so now I have no excuse!

Review by Grainne McGarvey of @PulsePRNI

Read more about Grainne as she spots some great Northern Ireland stories on her G Spots! column for Belfast Times here

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