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A Good Night’s (And Mood’s) Coconut Oatmeal Porridge

Paras kookoskaurapuuro

Here I am again, with a porridge recipe. But what’s wrong with that? Porridges are wonderful! A great alternative to raw porridges are the more traditional warm porridges, especially when you cook them into coconut milk and choose the grain for the porridge best suited for your own needs. Changing the main ingredient of the porridge also affects the redeemable health benefits: this time I decided to go for tryptophan.

Despite the budding summer, I’ve been noticing a lot of stressed out people around (myself included), and I haven’t been the only one in my near circle complaining about troubles getting enough quality sleep. I don’t remember springs usually being this hectic, but it seems to be quite a common problem – maybe it’s that time of the year when people are trying to get things out of the way before leaving for summer holidays?

Well, whatever the cause of the hurry and hubbub, and occasional sleeping problems, there are many things that can be influenced. I’ve occasionally also used tryptophan, which helps us to relax, and eventually turns into serotonin and melatonin in our body. This time I preferred to have my tryptophan in a more natural form, and when I thought about it more carefully I noticed myself actually craving this tryptophan-loaded porridge portion. And, I must say, I slept super well!

A Good Night’s Coconut Oatmeal Porridge

(2 portions)

2 dl gluten-free rolled oats
4 dl coconut milk
1 dl water
2 handfuls of pumpkin seeds (ca. 30 g)
2 small bananas
honey

1. Cook the porridge according to the instructions on the package, but replace 4 dl of the water with coconut milk. Stir.
2. When the porridge is ready, chop in the bananas, throw in the pumpkin seeds and the honey. Enjoy your porridge, preferably in good company. The perfect, soothing evening meal!

This porridge contains a load of tryptophan, so the best time to enjoy it is in the evening. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid for human beings, and it is needed to build proteins, but as said, it also forms into a neurotransmitter and our dark hormone. In general, I often advise people to save the high GI carbs for the evening, when you can enjoy their calming effect, instead of suffering through tiredness after not so refreshing choices during lunch. The coconut milk in this porridge brings an extra softness to the texture, and the honey and banana act as natural sweeteners.

Yum!

Tuulia xx

Paras kookoskaurapuuro

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