Who's up for some morning muesli? The photo below displays my usual breakfast of goat's yogurt, fresh fruit, and muesli, sprinkled with milled flaxseed and maca powder. The muesli used to be Jordan's or Dorset Cereals brand, but now I make my own. Why? Because at £3.99 a box, the branded mueslis were getting a little pricey for my everyday consumption. Now I can make double the size of those boxes at half the price - plus I can mix and match what I want to go into my muesli with each batch. One thing I've noticed about big cereal brands is their reliance on wheat flakes and oats as a base. Instead, I use spelt flakes. they taste and feel exactly the same as wheat flakes. The only issue is that they do contain gluten - far less than wheat flakes, but they wouldn't be acceptable for someone with celiac disease. So I recently picked up a bag of guaranteed gluten-free oats and will try those in the next batch.
Since having this breakfast every day, I have found that I have far more energy in the mornings, and stay full until lunch without needing a snack in between. I know a lot of people say this about their breakfasts, but trust me - I couldn't live without my mid-morning snack and now I manage without one just fine.
In the summer, it is ideal as it doesn't weight you down like porridge or oatmeal can. In the winter, you can switch back to a hot cereal, but I'd recommend experimenting with different bases rather than oats. Try hot quinoa - either made as normal or try quinoa flakes, which act just like porridge oats. I've also seen millet flakes for sale at health food stores, serving the same purpose. The key, though, is to combine these bases with plenty of protein, fresh fruit, and some variety of nuts and seeds for vitamins and minerals.
The flaxseed and maca are added extras to sprinkle on, and aren't to be included in the muesli as they need to be sealed and refrigerated for freshness. However, these two are absolute powerhouses and provide a plethora of health benefits in just one teaspoon-sized amount.
When ground up, flaxseed is much more easily digested, so try and buy a ready-milled version (or you can grind your own in a coffee grinder or food processor). The biggest contribution flax can make to your diet is omega-3 fatty acids. It also provides a decent amount of fiber. What you will notice most on a day-to-day basis is the way it can balance your blood sugar levels, lessening the severity of diabetes but also allowing you to avoid those terrible energy crashes in between meals.
If you don't fancy making your own, be sure to look out for muesli that doesn't contain any added sugar and uses mostly (if not all) organic ingredients. The purer the ingredients, the better!
Makes a 1 month supply, assuming you have a 1/2 cup every morning
- spelt flakes
- shredded coconut
- pumpkin seeds
- sunflower seeds
- sesame seeds
- dried blueberries
- dried figs
- dried cherries
- flaked almonds
All products used in this mixture are organic and raw.