In the beginning came the porridge

Everything happened one evening at the climbing gym. The place was about to close and a friend (let’s call him Kevin) working in the staff gently offered me and another friend (let’s call her Alice) a bowl of porridge. I had never eaten porridge before. It was delicious. Kevin and Alice were quite surprised and started asking me questions about my eating habits. It took them a few seconds to realise the gravity of the situation…

Of course I’ve always known that nutrition was important. I was also slightly interested in the topic. For example, I used to watch a few videos from a rock-climbing Youtuber exposing his view on nutrition. Still, I never considered the subject too seriously. But now it was different. It was clear that I needed a proper food education.

A few days after this realisation, I went online and looked for porridge recipes (like this one). This was literally my first time watching a cooking video. I discovered what chia seeds are (hey, new friends!) and I started eating porridge every morning. My classic recipe has a base composed of 1/3 cup of oats, warmed up in water with a pinch of salt (pro-tip from Alice – it can be soaked overnight. See here an article about the benefits), augmented with chia seeds, greek yogurt or milk (now replaced with almond or soya milk), honey (now replaced with maple syrup or marmalade) and all sort of things for topping (dark chocolate, almonds, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, the sky is the limit!)

Best way to start the day

The ‘porridge benefits’ came quickly:

  • Breakfast was now a real feast: delicious and varied.
  • I had a new reason to wake up in the morning.
  • For the first time in a while I was feeling energetic during the whole morning.
  • My digestion improved (you don’t want more details).
  • My interest in food and cooking was starting to grow and I was appreciating eating good food again.

I’ve eventually became a fierce defender of the porridge community and I highly recommend it as a breakfast idea to anyone who haven’t tried it yet!


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