A warm bowl of Porridge

She climbed up onto the large kitchen chair; in front of her sat a huge bowl of hot porridge.  The steam was rising from it, and it looked delicious!  Being as hungry as she was she took her spoon and dipped it into the warm mush.  As she brought it to her lips she realized it was way too hot, and sadly placed the spoon back onto the table.

Across the table was another bowl that looked like it might be a bit more suitable.  So she climbed down from her chair and readjusted herself onto a smaller more fitting chair.  Looking down at this bowl it looked like it might be the most perfect bowl of porridge she could find.  Reaching for the spoon she dipped it quickly into the bowl but when she placed it into her mouth it was just far too cold, and quite to her disliking.

She was hungry and she really wanted the very best.  There was one more bowl to try.  She headed quickly to it.  When she arrived at the chair, she didn’t have to climb up onto it.  It was the perfect sized chair for her.  When she saw the bowl of porridge she hoped that it would be the right one.  Reaching for the spoon she dipped it gently into the porridge, gave it a stir and then placed a small amount into her mouth.  She let out a little groan of delight.  She had finally found the best for her. She gobbled the rest of it down, enjoying every mouthful.  After she finished the bowl she licked it clean and was completely satisfied.  Her belly was full and she was feeling a little sleepy.  She leaned back in her chair for a big stretch, but lost her balance and toppled to the floor, leaving one of the chair legs broken.  She picked herself up and went exploring for a comfy bed…..

I loved the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears when I was a child.  Each time I sat in front of a bowl of porridge, when I was younger, I immediately thought of that story.   Mum made porridge for our family in the cold winter months.  She always threw a handful for raisins into the pot while making it, and a little bit of milk and brown sugar sprinkled on top.   We felt very full and satisfied heading out the door to school, or to play in the snow.

A bowl of porridge to start your day is a great idea.  Since it is high in fiber, both soluble and insoluble, it has some staying power, leaving you feeling full and satisfied.  The fiber content allows the food to be digested slowly, keeping sugar levels from absorbing quickly, so it may help in reducing the risk of Type 2 diabetes. It is also loaded with essential nutrients and therefore has some immune building properties.

I guess, Momma does know best after all!  Grab a bowl, give it a try!

Some cool toppings for your porridge are: bran buds, some dried granola, dried apricot slices, a handful of raisins, apple sauce with a pinch of cinnamon, sliced bananas with a drizzle of maple syrup, blueberries, strawberries, and even some craisins.

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