Breakfast is an important meal of the day, yet it can be a struggle for many – including myself – to find the time to properly sit down and eat something. With early morning training sessions most days before work, breakfast for me often becomes a last minute panic to grab something before rushing out the door, hoping to get to work on time. Storing convenient breakfast options like these Moma porridge pots with coconut & chia in your desk drawer can be lifesaving on those days when you arrive to work hungry realising you left your food at home.
Moma Porridge pots are quick and easy to prepare. Just open the seal, pour boiling water into the pot until you reach the line, stir well and leave for 5 minutes so the liquid can absorb, resulting in a thick consistency of porridge ready to eat.
Wholegrain oats (78%), coconut milk powder (9%) (coconut milk 67%, tapioca syrup 2%, cavamax (soluble fibre) 1%, maltodextrin 30%), dessicated cococnut (8%), Chia seeds (2.5%), natural flavouring (1.7%)
Here’s the numbers for Moma porridge, coconut & chia pots and what they mean:
- Energy: 1731km/412kcal per 100g which equates to 1039kJ/247kcal per 70g pot
- Protein: With 10.9g/100g and 6.6g protein per pot, these are source of protein.
- Fat: At 14g/100g and 8.4g per pot this contains a moderate amount of fat – due to the addition of coconut milk, chia seeds and naturally from oats being a grain that has a higher fat content.
- Saturated fat: With 8.5g/100g and 5.1g saturated fat per pot, this is classed as high in saturated fats because of the use of coconut milk.
- Sugar: At 2.9g/100g and 1.7g sugar per pot, this is a low sugar breakfast option.
- Salt: At 0.02g/100g and 0.01g per pot this is low in salt.
- Fibre: Not declared, however I would estimate from the proportion of oats that the fibre content is approximately 13g/100g or roughly 9g per pot.
HEALTH & NUTRITION CLAIMS
Moma porridge pots are all gluten free for those who tolerate uncontaminated oats. The coconut & chia version is also dairy free and suitable for vegans and vegetarians because it uses coconut milk instead of dairy milk for the creaminess factor. Oats are a great source of fibre and beta glucans which has been shown to benefit blood cholesterol levels. Though they be tiny, chia seeds contains heart healthy omega-3s, fibre, protein and are rich in micronutrients as well.
The 70g pots don’t skimp out on the portion sizes, giving you a decent sized breakfast on-the-go. Also, because they contain plenty of protein and soluble fibre thanks to the oats and chia seeds they are very filling and satisfying. I’ve tried other porridge pots in the past where I’d need to eat 2 or 3 pots to begin to feel full, which wasn’t the case with these. With a bit of fruit added for flavour they contained the right amount of food to refuel me after busy early morning training sessions. Plus there was hardly any prep involve other than boiling the kettle and giving them a stir meaning they are super convenient to grab at the last minute when there’s no time to eat a proper breakfast.
While I love the taste of coconut, on it’s own I do find it to be a bit bland so on their own these pots weren’t flavoursome enough for my taste. Although taste is a very personal thing that differs so much between person to person! This was easily overcome by chopping and stirring some fruit in. Banana’s, frozen berries and fresh nectarines all complemented these porridge pots well.
Coconut is very high in saturated fats. The research out there is quite mixed when it comes to saturated fats and the impact on heart health. While it appears that the impact of saturated fats differs according to the source (with coconut being a potential positive impact), it’s still a bit inconclusive at present so I wouldn’t go overboard eating it all day every day. Moderation is key.
While they wouldn’t be something I’d eat every day for breakfast with the higher saturated fat content, Moma coconut & chia porridge pots are a quick, tasty and convenient breakfast option for on-the-go. They are perfect to store in the desk drawer for those days when the snooze button gets a work-out and you need something quick to eat at work with minimal fuss or prep. With a 70g dry weight pot giving you 250 calories, plenty of fibre and protein, they won’t leave you hungry for more and will get your day off to a good nutritious start.
This blog post contains sponsored content with samples of Moma porridge pots with coconut and chia provided by Moma Foods. As always it’s 100% my own opinion. No affiliate links were used.