Healthy Porridge Snacks

For most of us, porridge is a boring morning meal whose only purpose is to start off the day on a dietary high. Its name suggests nothing out of the ordinary, and for those on a tight budget, nothing more exciting can be said of its taste. However so, porridge is actually an awesome dietary item with immense benefits for physiological health and well-being. Packed with micro-nutrients and healthy fiber, porridge is not only healthy but it provides your body with the energy it needs to sustain a highly active lifestyle. Better still, mixing it with different nutritional elements makes it more palatable and turns it into a meal you can actually look forward to with much excitement.

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Porridge is a general term used to describe the coarse or fine products of various grains which, when mixed with water or milk form the thick liquid that we all refer to as porridge. It is largely for this reason that porridge exists in different forms, that is, wheat, barley, millet, corn, rice, sorghum or oats. Though the kind of porridge meal you'll typically find served up in different parts of the world depends on geographical location, origin and culture, all kinds of porridge have more or less the same nutritional benefits.

High Fiber

It's no secret that the high fiber content found in porridge is excellent for digestion. Porridge is largely made up of whole grains, which contain either soluble or insoluble fiber. While soluble fiber assists in the lowering of glucose and cholesterol, insoluble fiber performs a different function, that is, promoting the movement of waste through the digestive tract. Besides being linked to blood sugar levels and the digestive process, a high fiber diet can also have a positive impact on blood pressure whilst reducing the risk of hemorrhoids at the same time.

Essential Nutrients

Foods made from whole grains such as porridge provide the kind of essential nutrients existent in whole grain seeds. Cracked, crushed, cooked or rolled grains therefore contain -besides fiber- protein, iron, magnesium, zinc, vitamin B and E, photochemicals and, more importantly, antioxidants. This 'whole package' of nutrients helps to boost the immune system and improve the body's ability to fight off infection.

Weight Loss

Foods high in fiber have a direct positive impact on weight loss because they're low in calories. But what makes high fiber foods helpful in losing weight is that they make you feel full and reduce the amount of food you eat during the course of the day. In addition to that, it triggers metabolism and generally increases body energy levels.


Directly related to weight loss is the fact that porridge is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants are primarily responsible for getting rid of toxins that build up in the body over time. Coffee, fast foods, alcohol and smoking all have a negative impact on the body that can be curtailed by a bowl of porridge every morning.

Porridge might not be exciting to the taste buds, but it sure as day kicks butt when it comes to the nutrition it provides.