During my mission to quit the #beigedeadfood and help others too as well I frequently get asked about porridge.

Is it OK to eat porridge becuase it’s beige.

Well yes it is beige to a point. But there is a difference between beige real foods and beige dead foods. (Want to more even more detail about #beigedeadfood? Read more here!)

So let me explain more:

Porridge is just made of OATS. Oats are just oats. No other ingredients, no huge processing plant to turn the oats in to little hoops or flakes. No machines to turn it into a slurry to be reshaped into biscuits with nasty oils, salts or sugars added to it. In other words. Oats are just oats. They are much harder to digest than say breakfast flakes and bread, They look very much like they should do in nature.

If I want to lose weight should I avoid all beige starches and carbohydrates?

Not necessarily. For some people you will need to limit the serving size becuase no matter how healthy oats are, people that are sensitive to starches (People with excess belly fat for example) will over produce insulin. Insulin will stop their ability to burn fat and upset their blood sugar levels. This is why adding protein based foods and more fibre to the meal can encourage a better blood sugar response and subsequent appetite control and therefore maintain weight loss!

The closer we can eat to nature the better for us. However oats are still beige and as a rule of thumb any beige food will be less nutritious than colourful and natural foods such as vegetables!

How do you make oats more healthful and tasty? And how do you make them better for weight loss?

Porridge has the highest protein content of all other grains and so perfect for managing appetite and balancing bloods sugars. Unlike other grains, this combination of fibre and protein will increasing the desired fat burning effect. And becuase the oats help the brain produce Serotonin, the happy hormone in the brain, you are more likely to avoid those carb cravings.

Read on for a recipe that will transform the beige dish into a meal full of health and flavour!


For the porridge:


  • 1/2 cup of steel cut oats
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds (tiny power houses of nutrients, protein, good fats and fibre)
  • 1 1/2 cups of almond or coconut milk (get unsweetened)
  • 1 dash of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of flaked coconut
  • 1 tablespoon of crushed walnuts or pecans or toasted flaked almonds


Soak the porridge oats, vanilla extract, cinnamon and chia seeds overnight in the milk (this makes it easier to digest and much creamier to eat)

In the morning gently heat through stirring as you go. Add more milk if needed as the chia seeds will thicken it.

For the berry compote:


  • 1 cup of frozen berries
  • 1-2 teaspoons of Xylitol


Add to a small saucepan and gently heat until  ently bubbling and cooked thoroughly

To serve:

When the oats are cooked nicely, add the berry compote on top. Dress with the nuts and flaked coconut. Eat immediately.

This will keep your tummy full for hours and your metabolism functioning well into lunchtime!

Big love, small tummies

Jill – The Fat Controller

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