18/08/2018 | Tamara Brown
This recipe is for a cold porridge but if you'd prefer a warmer version, warm water instead of cold and add an additional 2 Tbsp of chia seeds. Blend for a minute or so longer and eat the porridge immediately.
A word from The Raw Food Girl
I do enjoy a bowl of hearty porridge. There's just something comforting about it, especially on a winters day. All of my kids love traditional porridge, but unfortunately Mr Josh (my third child) can't handle very much of it without getting a sore tummy and breaking out in eczema So I initially created this recipe for him, though it's quickly become a staple for everyone in the family.
Grains are one of the hardest food groups to digest, and can pull nutrients from the body. They have also been shown to increase inflammation and trigger food allergies and intolerances the truth about refined grainst. Which is rather unfortunate, because whole grains have been a staple part of our food pyramid for the past 30 years.
But if they are so difficult to digest, why does the government recommend we eat 5 - 6 serves of them every single day?
Maybe we need to have a closer look at who is funding these recommendations.
It comes to no surprise that one of the major sponsors of the Dietician's Association of Australia (DAA) is the Australian Breakfast Cereal Manufacturers Forum - comprising of organisations like Kellogg's, Nestle and Sanitarium.
Their primary objective is not your health - it's to sell breakfast cereal, which is predominantly made up of a mixture of whole grains, refined grains and sugar. And not much else.
I'm not suggesting that we should never eat grains, but I think we are encouraged to eat way more than necessary. Grains still convert into sugar (1 bowl of cooked rice is the equivalent to 10 teaspoons of sugar and I would much prefer to get my sugar from fruits.
Cutting down on grains is easier when you know of a simple alternative. I use zucchini noodles in place of spaghetti, cauliflower rice in place of boiled rice, and for this recipe - soaked seeds in place of oats. Easy!