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Porridge Super Foods


It's the season for a hearty warm porridge-filled breakfast, but we're getting bored with our toppings and so decided to research some superfoods.

Rolled oats are a superfood themselves: high in fibre, fairly low in fat, and release energy slowly, keeping your hunger at bay for longer. They're also a perfect weight loss food (though watch out for pre-made or quick cook as it may contain hidden sugars and salt).

We found that blackcurrants help reduce the risk of asthma. According to the journal of Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, epigallocatechin, found in blackcurrants, works in partnership with your immune system to fight inflammation of lung tissue.

At Sainsbury's supermarkets it's 2 for £4 on boxes of blackcurrants, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries.

If you've had a hard weekend of riding, throw in a handful of blueberries (82p Asda) to your morning breakfast. They're full of antioxidants, which aid post exercise recovery. Bananas are full of potassium, which is an element vital for powerful muscle contractions, though it's lost when we sweat. Try slicing up a banana and adding it to your breakfast.

Don't fancy porridge? You can always grab a handful of blackcurrants, blueberries or banana and add them to Greek yoghurt. While yoghurt doesn't have the same slow release properties of rolled oats, you can always add a handful for a bit of texture.

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