Honey and porridge are a dynamic duo and this pair are ever increasing in popularity. Research has shown that eating whole grains could help us live longer (by reducing the risk of heart disease) and sales of porridge are steadily rising. It is a combination that is abundant in vitality and energy.
There are so many things to eat with porridge, honey being the best, however I can’t resist adding additional toppings to give myself an extra boost. This weekend I used a small pot of Galtee honey (a favourite of mine from Ireland and harvested by father and daughter master beekeepers) and added a few extra sprinkles to my oats (cooked in oat milk).
One of the toppings I used this weekend was bee pollen. I used to assume it was something that only celebrities ate, until I noticed it regularly for sale in markets abroad (usually looking for honey). Bee pollen can now be bought in most health food shops and it is essentially little balls of pollen that a worker honey bee packs into balls (it is food for the young bees). Bee pollen is rich in proteins, amino acids and vitamins (including B complex) making it a natural energy enhancer, fighting off fatigue and enhancing your get up and go!
Shelled Hemp seeds are a great little topper on porridge too. They have a mild nutty flavour and are around 30% fat, including the two essential fatty acids, omega-6 and omega-3. In additional hemp is high in plant based protein.
Finally, a great porridge topper is pumpkin seeds, easy to find in any supermarket and they are high in magnesium and zinc. They are crunchy and the nutrients are great for your skin and hair.
However if you don’t want to add anything more, honey and porridge are simply delicious together and it is a joyful way to start the day.