Chocolate Rice Porridge (Champorado)

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We have always heard the saying: “Eat your breakfast, it is the most important meal of the day.” And some may think, I often skip breakfast but I don’t feel anything different! Well this article may tell you to think again.

In every day’s hassle and rush, a good number of us people tend to succumb to the habit of skipping breakfast. A student rushing to school so not be late for the exams, or a teenager who wants to speed up on a diet and decides to avoid the morning calories, or a working individual who’s about to be late for work, or even a housewife who wants to a get things done in the home before getting a descent meal – all of us have at one time or another sacrificed the rice and the egg so to speak.

Whatever reasons it may be, it ideally should not be an excuse for not eating breakfast. The more we skip the morning meal, the more we create health problems in the future. For example, no breakfast for a student would badly affect his memory due to hunger. The brain needs a supply of glucose for its functioning, and breakfast fills the blood glucose levels. Blood glucose is the brain’s fuel. Early in the day, the student may become fidgety and irritable, and may have a hard time concentrating and absorbing the lessons for the day.

Some of us working people stay up late and get up late and have no time for breakfast. A sip of coffee, tea or hot choco may be enough for some. Still, others prefer to have nothing at all and can manage until lunch. But being forgetful of things, inarticulate in communication, and lack of concentration may results from not eating in the morning. Researchers from the Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center of the Miriam Hospital and Brown Medical School in Rhode Island, U.S.A. say that those who are more possible to skip breakfast and frequent fast food lead to an increased risk of weight gain.Not eating breakfast may cause for a greater level of hunger which causes overeating in the middle of the day. So before skipping breakfast, think about it. Would it do you more good than bad to omit the word breakfast in your vocab’, when omitting the word and its meaning may lead to diabetes, heart disease and other deficiencies. I guess when we think about it, it is better to prevent than to cure.

One quick fix meal we can make in the morning in the good old Chocolate Rice Porridge or Champorado in local term. A “yummy, mommy” statement rewards this simple and budget-friendly breakfast. I used the native Calasiao cocoa tablets for a more bitter sweet chocolate experience. But if you don’t have this in your kitchen cabinets, any chocolate powder can do.

1 cup malagkit (glutinous, sticky or dessert rice)
6 cups water
1 bar of native chocolate tablets
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. vanilla
2 cups milk, divided into 2
ground cinnamon powder

In a saucepan, bring water into a full boil. Then add glutinous rice. Constantly stir to avoid burning. Cook rice until it is transparent and tender. Add chocolate tablets, sugar, cinnamon powder and vanilla. Boil for 5 minutes then add half of the milk. Pour champorado in individual bowls, swirl milk on top and serve.

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