Have you heard of Carman's?
I test Carman's creamy honey and almond porridge sachet.
Carman's muesli, oat bars, nut bars, crackers and porridge are Aussie made and owned and are available on airlines and in 32 countries. Carolyn Creswell bought the company 20 years ago with a partner for $1000 and the family business is now worth nearly $100 million.
Individual sachets - one per person.
As we're into autumn in Australia and the morning temperatures are dropping, I started thinking about making Carman's porridge for breakfast. In the cereal aisle of the supermarket, Carman's occupies several shelves over 2 metres. There is a number of varieties of porridge sachets. When I saw this packet had probiotic cultures I read further - it contains Bacillus coagulans -which I had recently been reading is the best probiotic to prevent leaky gut.
The recipe is easy to follow when you're still waking up in the morning.
It is very easy to make - tear open one sachet and add 2/3 cup of milk. I used rice milk since I'm still on a dairy-free diet, and I heated it in a small ceramic pan on the stove as I'm not a fan of microwaved food. Bring to the boil while stirring, and reduce heat for 30 seconds. It's that quick! I did wonder, though, whether the heat would damage the probiotics, or maybe it helps 'wake' them up.
Just the porridge on its own is all you need.
On it's own it's a good balance of flavour and texture, but you could top it with anything you like in the way of fruit or yoghurt.
It's my easy way to start a cold day - not too heavy, a sufficient portion, that's nutritious and delicious.
I hope you enjoyed reading this review.
Let me know in the comments which countries have this Aussie-made real food and which don't.