The ultimate winter breakfast to nourish your cells and delight your taste buds; Persimmon Porridge. Plus all the persimmon benefits!
Cooler weather calls for warm, fuzzy foods. I personally love porridges, and they are my go-to comfort foods during winters. And because I love porridges so much, I am always on the lookout for new porridge recipes using new ingredients.
Recently, I came across persimmon – an edible fruit that’s packed with a tonne of nutritional benefits. But, amusingly enough, I also noted that this fruit isn’t widely used in our diets, despite the excellent nutritional value it offers. So the creative me couldn’t help but think of a way to include persimmon in our recipes while keeping its nutritional content intact – and this resulted in the simple persimmon porridge recipe, which I will be sharing with all of you today.
Persimmon Benefits and Recipes
Persimmon looks like a tomato but tastes like a berry. This makes it a perfect ingredient for many recipes, including porridges. Let’s have a quick look at the amazing benefits this fruit has to offer:
Great for Gut Health
As persimmons are rich in fiber, they work wonders for the health of our guts. Those suffering from constipation or other dietary ailments should regularly include persimmon in their diets. The fiber in persimmon also helps regulate high blood sugar levels in the body.
Quite a lot of us are always worried about the bad cholesterol levels in our bodies. So if you’re looking for a natural way to keep a check on the bad LDL cholesterol in your body, you should make persimmon a part of your diet.
Apt for Eye Health
Let’s be honest – we’re all worried about excessive screen time and its harmful effects on our eyes. We cannot completely cut down on our screen time, because most of us work on our laptops five days a week. Instead, we can focus on including vitamin A-rich foods in our diets – and persimmon is an amazing source of vitamin A.
Persimmons contain loads of lutein and zeaxanthin, which are the carotenoid antioxidants to promote healthy vision. These antioxidants also help reduce age-related macular degeneration. If we consume more vitamin A-rich foods, we are at a 40% lesser risk of falling prey to these degenerative illnesses.
Helps Reduce Inflammation
I cannot emphasize enough how much we need to reduce inflammation in our bodies. Inflammation is the root cause of so many illnesses, and if we deal with inflammation, we wouldn’t have to worry about any of these illnesses propping up.
So if you, too, are on the lookout for foods that will help you deal with inflammation, persimmons are what you need. Rich in vitamin C, persimmons contain high anti-inflammatory compounds too. In addition, they are loaded with flavonoids, vitamin E, and carotenoids. All these help our bodies deal and neutralize with free radicals, thus helping prevent illnesses caused due to inflammation.
Rich Source of Antioxidants
Our bodies constantly deal with oxidative stress, triggered by unstable molecules in our systems. This oxidative stress is linked to major illnesses such as diabetes, heart diseases, and neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s.
Antioxidant-rich food is the only way to help our bodies combat oxidative stress. The skin and flesh of persimmons are high in flavonoids known to counter free radicals in our bodies. When we have natural ways to help our bodies deal with oxidative stress, we should try and resort to them rather than consuming medications for the same.
Benefits Heart Health
Any food that helps counter inflammation in the body also keeps our hearts healthy. Persimmons feature an excellent combination of anti-inflammatory compounds, making them an excellent choice to boost cardiac health.
Rich in flavonoids, kaempferol, and quercetin, persimmons are known to reduce the risk of falling prey to heart ailments significantly. These are also excellent for regulating blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels, which are contributors to heart ailments.
Easy to Include in Our Diets
The best part about Persimmons is that they taste delicious, and we can easily add them to our diets. We can chop them up, add them to salads or smoothies and consume them in the raw form any way you like.
Persimmons make great additions to yogurt. So if you’re looking to add a subtle sweet taste to your bowl of yogurt, persimmons are just the right ingredient you need. But, of course, you can also roast them, bowl them, consume them frozen in smoothies, or add them to porridge, just like I did.
That’s all about Persimmons – let’s dive into the delicious porridge recipe right away. I’m sure you’ll love this plant-based recipe, and it will become a breakfast staple in your homes in no time!
- 2 cups oat milk
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 persimmon ripe, chopped
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
For the toppings
- pomegranate arils
- pumpkin seeds
- chia seeds
- In a saucepan, bring the oat milk to a boil. Add the oats and persimmon and reduce to a simmer. Cook for about five minutes, uncovered, or until the oats have absorbed all the liquid.
- Separate the porridge into two bowls and top each with the coconut milk and the toppings suggested
- Serve warm and enjoy!