Baby Porridge Muffins

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These muffins are a delicious twist on a classic breakfast staple!

One of the biggest requests I get is ‘what should I feed my baby for breakfast?’. It can be quite daunting starting letting your baby feed themselves especially at breakfast. Believe me I tried giving my baby plain porridge made with milk but it ended up all over both the baby and me. Overcooked porridge is quite dry so with a little experimenting I added in as much nutritional benefit as I possibly could and eventually the Baby Porridge Muffin was created.

Oats are high in fibre and are a slow release food which keeps you feeling full for longer. They are also a great source of iron which all weaning babies need. The muffins also contain milk which is great for calcium, eggs for protein and apple and raisins for some added vitamins and minerals. The sunflower seeds are rich in vitamins and minerals and the chia seed is a great source of fibre, protein, calcium and omega 3’s.

 

Baby Porridge Muffins:

Recipe makes 24 mini muffins – (Thats 24 breakfasts!)

Ingredients

•   1 Cup Oats (soaked overnight)

•   1/4 Cup Raisins

•   1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

•   1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg

•   2 Eggs (see below for egg substitute)

•   1 1/2 Cups Milk (use almond or soy milk for dairy free)

•   1 Apple

•   2 Tablespoons Finely Ground Sunflower Seeds

•   1 Tablespoon Milled Chia Seeds

 

How to make them:

1. Preheat oven to 180ºC/350ºF

2. Make sure you soak your oats overnight. You can soak in either water or milk of your choice. (This is extra liquid to the above). They are so much better, lighter and fluffier when you do this. The next morning drain before using.


3. Chop your apple into small baby sized pieces. It will be soft when cooked.


4. In a large bowl mix all the ingredients together.


5. Divide into an oiled mini muffin tray and bake for 20-25 mins or until golden brown as shown in the photo.

6. We serve ours with a tiny drizzle of maple syrup (at the weekends).

Egg Substitute: 1 tbsp ground flax seeds + 3 tbsp water = 1 egg

Aileen Cox Blundell is a mother of three and owner of Baby Led Feeding. The philosophy behind Baby Led Feeding is simply that cooking and eating both should be delicious fun. With healthy, refined sugar free and nutritious bite sized meals babies can feed themselves, it creates a positive relationship with food, right from the very start.

Find her gorgeous recipes at http://www.babyledfeeding.com/or follow her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/babyledfeeding

Super Speedy Porridge

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I have to admit that I have a very serious addiction to porridge! I crave it all the time and secretly wish that I could eat it for every meal every day, that’s how much I love it. I just love how warming and soothing it is, it’s like eating a giant hug. Plus it’s so creamy and you can top it with all your favourite things to create something insanely delicious. I normally add banana slices, fresh berries and lots of almond butter, plus some cacao nibs and pumpkin seeds for a little crunch!

This porridge recipe is an absolute saviour for those of you that have busy mornings as it only takes 3 minutes to make – how amazing is that! It also means that there’s now no excuse not to eat a beautifully healthy and energising breakfast every day. The secret to this recipe being so easy and speedy is that we soak the oats in boiling water for ten minutes, during this time you can get dressed and ready for the day while the oats soften perfectly. After those ten minutes the oats are soft enough to eat, so all you need to do is heat them up and add your toppings, which only takes three minutes – it’s like the best, healthiest instant porridge!Serves 2

– 2/3 of a cup of oats (100g)

– 2/3 of a cup of boiling water (200ml)

-1/3 of a cup of almond milk (100ml)

Optional

– Banana

– Berries

– Almond butter

– Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and cacao nibs

Start by placing the oats in a saucepan with the boiling water, stir it together and then let it sit with the lid of the pan on for 10 minutes.

Once the oats have soaked and are soft, place the pan on a hob and heat it up with the almond milk for 3-4, stirring it every minute or so.

Then serve with your favourite toppings.

http://deliciouslyella.com/super-speedy-porridge/

Winter Warmer Odlums Porridge

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At Odlums we have created another fantastic product using the finest quality porridge oats. Ready in just 90 seconds our Quick & Easy Microwaveable Porridge Oats are a delicious way to kickstart your day!

What’s more, Odlums Quick & Easy packed with all the goodness of 100% wholegrain oats. Not only are they high in fibre but they are low in salt and saturated fat too.

Try adding some chopped fruit or sprinkle with some nutritious seeds to pack your breakfast with a little more goodness!Odlums_0011_Quick-Easy-Porridge-Oats-1

http://odlums.ie/recipes/winter-warmer-odlums-porridge/

Ten Simple Steps to Lose Weight

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Ignore all the pre-Christmas extreme dieting noise! Here are 10 simple, realistic and healthy ways to lose weight from nutritionist Nuala Collins.

Nuala’s first step is to set realistic goals for yourself, remember Rome wasn’t built in a day. By setting achievable weight loss goals, you will feel more confident about your progress and more likely to sustain your weight loss.
  1. Eat a healthy breakfast! It kicks starts your metabolism and you are less likely to snack mid morning and less likely to eat past the point of fullness at lunch.  Eating porridge every morning has other health benefits . It boosts energy, helps to lower cholesterol (as part of a low fat diet), may help prevent heart disease and some cancers, helps control blood sugars and aids digestion.
  2. Eat cereal for breakfast (hot or cold).  Breakfast cereals such as wholegrain cereals (oat or wheat based cereals) are lower in calories and higher in vitamins and minerals than other breakfast foods. A typical breakfast demi-baguette contains 1,335 calories and 66 g of fat – EIGHT times the calories and 33 times the fat value of a breakfast of porridge oats and a serving of orange juice*.
  3. Choose porridge and a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice instead of a latte and a croissant and save 140 kcal and 14g fat.  Or if you insist on having morning coffee, swap your cappucino or latte for an americano and save 100kcal.  As porridge is 100% wholegrain, one bowl provides two of the three servings of wholegrains recommended for health. Diets rich in wholegrain can help prevent heart disease.
  4. Drink plenty of water; people often mistake thirst for hunger. The recommended daily amount is two litres and more when exercising.
  5. Choose an apple instead of a muffin and save 265 kcal and 14g fat.  Or go for a pear instead of a ring doughnut and be 200kcal better off.
  6. Eat more low energy dense foods like fruit and vegetables – leave the fruit bowl on the kitchen table and finish every meal with a piece of fruit.
  7. Half fill your plate with steamed or salad vegetables at your main meal.  These foods are filling but have very few calories.
  8. Avoid distractions at mealtimes.  Eating while reading the newspaper or watching the television can blunt satiety cues and results in higher calorie intakes.
  9. Don’t snack while watching the television (or at the cinema) as this leads to passive over consumption of calories.  Look but don’t eat.
  10. Watch the size of your portions! Food portion sizes grow year by year, even though people actually need less energy due to the shift towards sedentary lifestyles. The Americans have dubbed it ‘portion distortion’.
 http://www.flahavans.ie/health-and-nutrition/ten-simple-steps-to-lose-weight/201

Flahavan’s Porridge with apple, sultanas & creme fraiche

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Ingredients (Serves 2-3)
  • 350 – 450ml (12-16 oz) Apple juice (according to desired consistency)
  • 100g (3½ oz) Flahavan’s Progress Oatlets
  • ½ apple grated
  • 1 tbsp. sultanas
  • Freshly grated nutmeg to taste
  • 1 tbsp. crème fraiche
Cooking and Serving Instructions 
  1. Place the oats and apple juice in a saucepan and bring to the boil.
  2. Reduce the heat and simmer for 3-4 minutes until soft and creamy.
  3. Add in the sultanas and grated apple and stir gently.
  4. To serve, pour the porridge into a bowl and grate over a light dusting of fresh nutmeg.
  5. Top with a spoonful of crème fraiche.