What do you eat for breakfast? A recent TreeHugger survey revealed that 52% of readers eat a high fibre cereal. What could be healthier than to start the day with a bowl of hot steaming porridge. Unfortunately many of us envision grey, lumpy glop when we think of it...that's what my grandmother made.
But the Porridge Lady has appeared to set us straight. She calls herself the premiere freestyle Porridge maker and 'first lady of Porridge' and she is the real deal, having won the Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championships.
In 2009 she was the Specialty Winner, and in this video she teaches you how to make the "perfect porridge."
Porridge is a particularly British food. Oats grow well here, and the best groats come from Scotland. That's what the oats are called they are first harvested. Groats are turned into the traditional oatmeal through cleaning and chopping the grain.
It is also incredibly healthy. Plain porridge oats and oatmeal are 100% natural with no added sugar, salt of additives.
Health experts have shown that oats have many health benefits.
Oats have a high content of complex carbohydrates and soluble fibre so they release energy slowly.
Oats can also help in lowering cholesterol which may help reduce the risk of heart disease.
Oats contain one of the highest levels of soluble fibre in any cereal - essential for healthy digestion and also said to help maintain a healthy heart
Oats contain a number of necessary vitamins while it is also said that oats can help reduce diabetes.
The Specialty Winner in 2010 was a Canadian, from Calgary. Her creation was Canadian Cran-Apple Crunch. You can make her recipe too, using Highwood Crossing steel-cut oats, from south of Calgary, Alberta.