Satisfying your sweet tooth whilst managing your weight is a typical problem dieters face. Instead of trying to eat a healthier version of dessert, save time (and frown lines), and whip up a bowl of porridge - trust me, you'll be surprised at how satisfying it is, and the combinations you can come up with.
For a low glycemic index (GI) bowl of the fibrous oats, I like to cook oats in a bowl of almond milk and top with peanut butter, chia seeds and cinnamon (pictured).
If you want a more indulgent bowl of oats, and I know that feeling - when cravings for something sweet tug at your insides and a piece of fruit won't cut it. In such situations, I go back to basics. Whole, unhomogenised milk is naturally creamy, rich in protein and makes a luxurious bowl of porridge. Add some maple syrup and two cubes of dark chocolate. This really hits the spot for me. It satisfies my cravings for chocolate, but, unlike a standard bar of chocolate, doesn't contain any nasties, e-numbers or unpronouncable additives.
A warm, hot, sweet dessert is the way forward when you're thinking about something to enjoy after dinner, or, most commonly, as breakfast. Once you've tucked into a bowl of porridge, I can assure you, you won't be hungry, or crave those biscuits you were eyeing in the supermarket earlier.
Dieting, or at least sticking to a healthy lifestyle can be hard enough with the stress of life, not to mention the numerous cafes and patisserie bars which seem to be popping up everywhere. Porridge is the answer - it has worked for me anyway.
If you're not keen on cows milk, porridge can be made with coconut oil, water and honey (optional).
I have even made a bowl of comforting porridge when I've had sugar cravings, with butter, water, a pinch of salt and jam. They were the most indulgent oats Iíve made in under 2 minutes.
However you make your bowl of oats take this away from it: choosing porridge over a slice of cheesecake shows that you're already on the right path and care about your health. Porridge is nearly a million times better for you than shop-bought desserts. So get creative.