By Katie Kelly
Isolation to protect against Covid-19 can have us feeling many things, ranging from fear to boredom. One way of reducing boredom during this time could be making small changes to what you’re eating each day. A great way of doing this is by changing up the toppings that you’re putting on your porridge each morning. Here’s a few ideas to get you started:
- Berries: Fresh or frozen berries are a great addition to porridge and contribute to your 5-7 portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Choose from blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries, depending on your preferences. Frozen berries are a particularly convenient way of doing this at the moment, as they keep well in your freezer and can reduce the number of trips to the supermarket needed.
- Seeds: Seeds are a great way of including healthy fats such as omega-3 in your breakfast. Try adding chia seeds, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds or poppy seeds for a little variety.
- Banana and nut butter: This is a great combination and should keep you feeling full. Try adding a drizzle of peanut butter or almond butter to add a new texture and flavour to your porridge.
- Apple and cinnamon: This combination is great for a warm, cosy breakfast on a rainy morning. Try stewing the apples the night before to make it extra tasty.
- Dried fruit such as sultanas or raisins are a good way of fitting some fruit into your breakfast if fresh fruit is not available during these times.
- Cocoa powder or a square of dark chocolate melted into your porridge can make a lovely chocolatey treat. This could be a good idea to do on the weekends, if you can keep track of what day it is during this isolation period!