Have you been wanting to make your own muesli?
You all know I'm a huge fan of oatmeal. But one recent morning, it was too damn hot to eat oatmeal and I hadn't planned ahead to soak my oats for cooler breakfast consumption.
SO! I decided to make my own muesli. I knew a little bit about what was included (raw oats, nuts, seeds, dried fruit) and had just about everything I needed at my house. That's how to do it, folks. For pretty much anything in life. Start with a general idea and do your best.
Why do you want to make yer own muesli?
Muesli is an incredibly delicious, healthy and convenient breakfast option. Heck, you can eat it pretty much any time of day, really. It was first developed around 1900 by the Swiss physician, Maximilian Bircher-Brenner, for the patients at his hospital. He was an early advocate of whole foods and nutrition as the solution to most of what ailed folks. I heartily agree and can testify that the shift toward more whole foods and less refined products in my own diet has greatly improved my overall well-being. Many of you don't know the crap I once ate. I promise to write more about that in subsequent posts because I think it is a big gap in my story of transformation.
Here's my recipe/suggestions for building some kick-ass muesli. You want to have a fun and colorful assortment of dried fruit, nuts, seeds and fresh fruit to be served over/beside/under some fresh yogurt or milk of choice, like unsweetened almond—homemade or store-bought
I wasn't keeping up on my homemade coconut yogurt batches so I bought some incredible homemade Greek yogurt from a local shop—Sherman Market in Somerville which is now CLOSED :(.
It was sure damn tasty but my belly and my sinuses weren't having it. That’s the thing with food: sometimes what we LOVE doesn’t LOVE us back, and we need to adjust accordingly. I'm currently whipping up another batch of homemade coconut yogurt because I think it will be easier for me to digest.
Another thing you want to consider with your homemade muesli: keep the ingredient amounts to a minimum because, while it's fantastically nutritionally dense it is also mega calorie dense. Make sure you find a nice balance between being full and ready for the day and not overstuffed. Mix the following ingredients together and serve in a bowl over fresh yogurt of your choice.
MAKE YER OWN MUESLI
1/2 cup dry, raw quick oats (some folks use rolled oats. That's a lot of chewing for me.)
1 Tbsp roasted, salted pumpkin seeds
1 Tbsp sunflower seeds (raw or roasted)
1 tsp raisins or dried cranberries
1 Tbsp diced, dried apricots (make sure to get unsulphured!)
1 tsp chopped/sliced almonds
OK, I could go on. Here's are a few more tasty ideas:
-chopped dried dates
-raw cacao nibs
-fresh blueberries, strawberries, raspberries or cherries (OR ALL OF THEM!)