A warm breakfast is the ultimate health insurance during cold weather.
Starting your day with a bowl of something well-cooked, nourishing and full of energy is the perfect way to keep your inner fire glowing when it’s cold or gloomy outside.
Oats are a medicinal substance in Chinese herbalism. They calm the mind and strengthen the digestion.
In modern nutrition, oats are recognised as an important prebiotic. Prebiotics are the food that your “good” gut bacteria like to eat. When you feed the friendly ones well, then they fortify your immune system and generate good moods – a perfect antidote to the winter blues and sniffles!
Modern oats are a close relative of the original wild red oat, originating in Asia.
For more than 2,000 years, the oat’s ability to thrive in cool, wet soil has given them a prized place at the table in places like Iceland, Scotland, Great Britain, Germany and Scandinavia.
Traditional Scottish porridge is stirred with a “spirtle” – basically a wooden stick. You can use a wooden spoon if you can’t find your spirtle!
Some porridge variations to try: