Another blogpost about porridge

I’ve written several blogposts about porridge (see list on this page) including recommendations for some good brands of oats.

I’ve been using Flahavan’s Irish Organic Jumbo Oats recently but have become fed-up with fishing out the half dozen inedible husks that seem to appear in every panful.

I’ve gone onto Jumbo Oats produced by Shepcote of Driffield in East Yorkshire. They’re lovely and creamy but still have the coarser texture associated with jumbo oats.

The Shepcote website has a fascinating history of the company which was established in 1969. Originally trading in sugar, Sheppcote’s evolved into producing  handmade marzipan confectionary. In 1970 the company started supplying Fortnum and Mason’s with handmade marzipan petit fours and developed royal connections. The company has expanded hugely into a wide variety of products. I haven’t tried anything other than jumbo porridge oats but they really are good.

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Another blogpost about porridge


I prefer porridge made with Jumbo Oats and recently discovered the best ones yet.

Flahavan’s Irish Organic Jumbo Oats are really good with a lovely bulky texture.

Flahavan’s have been milling oats at the family mill in Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford for over 200 years. Read more.

I bought my Flahavan’s Irish Organic Jumbo Oats from Sainsbury priced at £2.30 / kg and worth every penny!

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My 5 favourite superfoods

These are currently my favourite superfoods:


Porridge Oats


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Non-citrus fruits packed with Vitamin C


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Have you tried hemp seed on your porridge?

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I’ve been adding ground flaxseeds to my porridge for several weeks.

I’ve also been trying hemp seed hearts which add a lovely nutty flavour.

The hemp seed packaging offers persuasive health reasons for eating the contents. However, after reading 6 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds I’m definitely keeping hemp seeds in my diet.

I bought my hemp seed hearts from Sainsbury’s but they’re produced by Good Hemp Food. The website for Good Hemp Food is packed with information and recipe ideas. The story of the business is very interesting and the recipe for  Christmas Pudding Volcanoes with Hemp Seed Ice-cream looks delicious.

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10 reasons to add ground flaxseeds to your daily porridge.

There was a time when this blog could have been called The Daily Porridge Blog.

Who’s been eating my porridge?

More porridge!

Blueberries: a great porridge topper and good for you too!


But I haven’t had a porridge post for quite a while.

So here are 10 reasons to add ground flaxseeds to your porridge each day.

1. Flaxseeds Are Loaded With Nutrients.

2. Flaxseeds Are High in Omega-3 Fats.

3. Flaxseeds Are a Rich Source of Lignans.

4. Flaxseeds Are Rich in Dietary Fiber.

5. Flaxseeds May Improve Cholesterol.

6. Flaxseeds May Lower Blood Pressure.

7. They Contain High-Quality Protein.

8. Flaxseeds May Help Control Blood Sugar.

9. Flaxseeds Keep Hunger at Bay, Which May Aid Weight Control.

10. Flaxseeds Can Be a Versatile Ingredient.

Read more on this very informative and useful website.

I don’t know whether the above assertions are entirely true but they certainly match some of the claims on the packaging by the manufacturer’s of the Ground Flaxseeds I buy.

Prewett’s Ground Flaxseeds

Linwoods Milled Organic Flaxseeds

But the authors of the above 10 reasons to add ground flaxseeds to your porridge each day have missed the best and most important reason.

They are marvellous for helping to manage constipation!

Yes the “C” word!

Not the one that rhymes with the surname of the Secretary of State for Health.

And not the euphemism for Cancer so prevalent a decade or so ago.


which according to the NHS website


one in every seven adults and up to one in every three children in the UK at any one time.

Well, I’ve found that a daily serving of ground flaxseeds is a great help and I can’t understand why the producers don’t make more of this helpful selling point!

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turmeric spices

I like to sprinkle cinnamon on my porridge

and occasionally a little nutmeg.


Yes, that’s what I said. A reader of my blueberries blogpost advised that she liked to stir a teaspoon of turmeric into her porridge. And she said the flavour of turmeric really enhances the blueberries.

I sometimes add a little turmeric to the cooking water when boiling rice. This makes the rice slightly yellow, or orange if you’re over enthusiastic when shaking the jar. I didn’t think turmeric had much flavour and I’ve always thought it was a cheap substitute for saffron.

So, time for a re-assessment.

Looks like the jury is out!

On the one hand:

Why Turmeric is the New Superfood

And on the other:

Stop Calling Turmeric A Superfood.

But several foodie bloggers such as HeavenLynn Healthy are hugely enthusiastic about Turmeric Porridge.

The recipe doesn’t seem greatly different to mine so I think I’ll have to try adding turmeric to my daily porridge.

I’ll let you know how it turns out.

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Blueberries: a great porridge topper and good for you too!

blueberries porridge

Porridge is a great way to start the day

especially with a healthy topper.

Sometimes I include a drizzle of honey and occasionally a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Today I added a few blueberries to my porridge and they were delicious.

I know that a handful of blueberries make a great contribution to your 5-a-day. The NHS website spells out the benefits by asking are blueberries a superfood?

According to the NHS, some nutritionists believe that if you make only one change to your diet it should be to add blueberries.

Blueberries are valued for their high levels of antioxidants.

Antioxidants are a type of molecule that can neutralise free radicals, which are a type of unstable and highly reactive species of molecule. I’m no scientist so if you want to understand more you’ll have to read this NHS page.

Alison Hornby is a dietitian and spokesperson for the British Diabetic Association. She told the NHS researcher that the health claims for blueberries were inconclusive but that blueberries make a fantastic choice as one of your five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

And I agree with that!

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Cinnamon: a delicious porridge topper


I’ve found that cinnamon is a delicious topper for my daily breakfast porridge.

And not only does cinnamon taste good but it does you good as well.

According to our well-thumbed copy of Food is Better Medicine than Drugs,

cinnamon is very good for reducing blood sugar levels and can also help to reduce ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol levels.

Cinnamon appears to complement the health benefits of eating porridge oats  as well as tasting so great.

The website ‘Authority Nutrition’ offers 10 Evidenced-Based Health Benefits of Cinnamon which makes for very interesting reading.

But like so many things that sound too good to be true not everyone agrees.

The website Cinnamon Vogue points out some side-effects that may occur with adding cinnamon to your food that also need to be considered.

It appears there are two main  types of cinnamon: Ceylon and Cassia.

And there’s a substance called Coumarin which is toxic and found in all forms of cinnamon.

But there’s less Coumarin in Ceylon cinnamon than there is in other types.

Overall, it seems that a small, occasional addition of cinnamon to your daily porridge oats won’t do you any harm and may well do some good. And if you buy the more expensive but purer Ceylon cinnamon that will be better still.

And cinnamon does taste really good on porridge oats especially oats from our favourite brand, Yockenthwaite so I’m going to continue with an occasional sprinkle!

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