A Healthy Start
As an oatmeal enthusiast I start just about every day with a bowl... even in 90 degree weather. I know that I personally feel great starting out my day with this balanced meal, packed with protein and fiber from whole grains. I even notice the difference when I don't consume it. It keeps me satisfied and energized through to lunch.
Healthy tip: grind up & add flaxseed or chia seeds to boost the omega-3 fatty acids that help fight inflammation
A Summer TouchPhoto courtesy of www.bbcgoodfood.com
While eating something warm in the summer months usually doesn't bother me, recently I've been craving muesli as an alternative. Growing up, my grandfather (who immigrated to the US from Sweden) would make this tasty mix. Muesli is similar to oatmeal but prepared ahead of time and served cold - very refreshing!
To make muesli, mix oats with milk, dried fruit and or nuts, and fresh fruit finely chopped. It stays a bit more milky than regular oatmeal, making it more of a cereal consistency. It is best when allowed to stand overnight (in the fridge!), but can be served as long as the oats have been soaking in the milk for at least 30 minutes.
The Basic Formula:
Muesli = whole grain oats + nuts/seeds/dried fruit + milk + fresh fruit
The beauty of it is that using this core concept, you can make Muesli tailored to your favorite items.
- Whole grain oat options: wheat flakes, steel-cut oats, rolled oats, rye flakes, barley kernels
- Nuts/seeds/dried fruit options: (chopped/diced!) almonds, cashews, walnuts, flaxseed, chia seeds, raisins, currants, dried apricot, dried banana, craisins, dried blueberry **Keep this portion of the mix to 1/4 cup or less for healthy fat sources without maxing out the calories
- Milk options: skim milk, rice milk, almond milk, soy milk, kefir, milk and yogurt mix
- Fruit: finely dice apples and pear or top off your mix with fresh berries, kiwi, or sliced banana