I used to have porridge for approximately a year almost every single day – however I kind of got sick of the taste and texture. After not eating it for I while, I was suddenly craving it again. So, I thought – okay let´s give it a try and make my super simple porridge recipe. And surprise: I liked it again.
I thought a little bit about it, why this happens, that we fall in love with a certain kind of food, then eat it until we almost feel sick of it and then after some time we find interest in it again.
Actually I experienced this in a another – more extreme version as well. I didn´t allow myself to have chocolate for a while – and I was afraid, that when I am introducing it back into my diet, I will only eat chocolate for the rest of my life – because all I wanted was chocolate. However I gave in in my cravings someday and I ate one bar of chocolate, Two, maybe even a little bit more. I felt so sick by that time of the taste and the feeling it gave me, I actually thought I am never going to like chocolate anymore. But the next day I was craving chocolate again. A lot of it.
This feeling passed after a while – maybe it´s been like four months of eating more chocolate than usual – and now I barely crave chocolate. I still like it and I always have some at home, but when I have it, I only have one or two rows, even without restriction or limiting myself. And it makes sense. It´s called habituation.
Habituation means being exposed to a certain stimulus (in this case food) repeatedly, so your senses get used to the exposure and your reaction towards decreases (less excitement, tastes less satisfying, …). In conclusion: Eating your fear foods or the foods you think you will never stop eating once you allow yourself to have it, makes it less attractive. Eating it becomes normal again.
On the other hand bringing variety in your diet, makes food actually more satisfying. Having the same breakfast over and over again, will leave you most likely more unsatisfied and increases your cravings. Variety is also good to challenge your food rules and fear foods as well as it makes it easier to cover all your nutritional needs.
But let´s get back to the porridge: This is my super simple porridge recipe, which is easy to make and you have probably everything on hand at home. You can choose any toppings you like, but a piece of chocolate on hot oats combined with banana and berries is just heavenly delicious. You should definitely give it a try.
Which porridge toppings are your favourite ones? Raspberries are a must-have for me.
super simple porridge recipeCourse: breakfast
really doesn´t matterkcal
30, 50, or 70g oats (1/3, 1/2 or 3/4 cup)
30, 50 or 70ml water
30, 50 or 70ml milk
pinch of salt
2 tbsp yogurt of your choice
1 tsp peanut butter or 1 tbsp peanut flour
opt. 1 tbsp protein powder (unsweetened)
1 tsp sweetener of choice. I like honey best
- fill the oats, water, milk and salt in a pot and heat it up
- le to simmer for approximately 5-10 minutes, lower the heat and let it thicken, in the meantime you can prepare the toppings you like
- combine the yogurt, peanut flour (or butter) and protein powder with a little bit of water in a extra bowl before stirring it into the porridge – this will prevent any lumbs in your oats
- add some sweetener (as much as you like. 1 tsp is enough for me, but it doesn´t mean, it has to be enough for you as well)
- Pour it in a bowl, add your toppings and enjoy!
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