When it comes to making porridge or oatmeal I like to play with different flavors and ingredients, so when I discovered this whipped berry porridge idea, breakfast suddenly became my favorite meal of the day. The pink color, refreshing taste, creamy texture, and the detoxifying properties – can you think of a better way to start your morning?
Eating porridge for breakfast is a great way to give your body cleansing foods first thing in the morning, but it can become boring waking up to the same meal every day, which is why it’s important to keep things interesting for your taste buds.
Oats are a nourishing and cleansing ingredient you should add to your regular diet. I always have them in my kitchen, and I use them in various ways: in granola, in my home-made cleansing muesli, for thickening soups, in raw desserts or snacks, and in my delicious pudding.
Oats have an excellent nutritional profile due in large part to their high levels of diverse minerals, especially manganese, copper, magnesium, and zinc. All of these are directly involved in the detoxification process of the body and have a specific role in the healthy activity of our cells.
What makes the oats a detox superstar is their specific dietary fiber type, called beta-glucan, with exceptional benefits like lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease by lowering the bad cholesterol levels, stabilizing blood sugar levels, reducing the risk of Type 2 diabetes, and for lowering the risk of breast cancer for women.
Soluble dietary fiber from whole grains creates a mucilaginous mass when combined with water and absorbs toxins and excess cholesterol and helps your system to flush them out of the body once and for all.
The combination of oats and berries is not only delicious and gorgeously-colored, but a highly detoxifying one. The cleansing fiber in oats, along with their unique antioxidants, makes a great pairing with the high concentrations of antioxidants in berries, creating a cleansing duo to help your cells fight against free radicals.
(Make this next: Beet and Berry Detox Popsicles)
Whipped Berry Porridge
- Yield: 2 1x
- 2/3 cup oats
- 1/2 cup purified water
- 1/2 cup vegan milk of choice (I always use almond milk because of its neutral taste)
- 1/2 cup mixed berries, fresh or frozen
- 1/2 small beet root, peeled
- 2 tsp bee pollen
- To garnish – mixed seeds
- *Optional – 2 tsp sweetener of choice
- In a medium saucepan add the oats, water and vegan milk, bring to boil, give them a good stir, then cover the pan and let sit for five minutes, until the liquid is absorbed.
- Transfer into the blender, with the berries, beet and bee pollen (and the sweetener if necessary), and process to obtain a creamy, velvety texture.
- Distribute into serving bowls, garnish with mixed seeds and bee pollen and serve warm.