Porridge is a great high fibre, low GI breakfast. Made with milk (or a milk alternative, enriched with calcium) and fruit it also provides essential vitamins and minerals to start your day. However, this breakfast is typical of many within the Western diet and that is, it is low in protein. When I say low, I mean lower than the optimum amount of protein, to optimise protein synthesis in the body. The ‘making of new proteins’ such as muscle is vital for optimal health, sport performance, strength and even a desirable body shape/composition. Including a higher protein breakfast following an overnight fast, is one of the top changes I would recommend to most of my clients, plus the extra protein with the high fibre fruit and oats is certain to keep you full until lunch!
The optimum serving for protein is 0.25-0.3g per kg of your own body weight per meal/snack.
A 60 kg female should consume between 15 – 18g of protein
A 80 kg male should consume between 20 -24g of protein at each sitting.
Adding flavoured whey protein to this breakfast is ideal, since you can add the amount you think you need to achieve the optimum level of protein while also adding flavour, which hopefully means you won’t need to add any sugar, honey or sweetener!
* Remember, this typical serving WITHOUT the protein provides ~ 10g of protein, so work out how much extra whey powder you need to achieve your individual requirements.