A simple but fabulous muesli, and other quick breakfast ideas.

Stuck in a breakfast rut? I must say I know the feeling. As much as I love a good quinoa porridge, I have to say I am getting a little tired of it at the moment. Enter home made muesli. Luscious, hearty and sustaining, it is a super start the the day that will keep you nourished much longer than a packet cereal could ever dream to.
Somehow we have ended up in a place where we don’t have time for cooking grains, so we have cereal, or no time for that, a breakfast bar, and now the addition of up-and-go style squeezy packet pre-mixed situation. The more processed we go, the more dodgy added extras we get, and we end up with a bit of a non-food.  

Breakfast is super important! It sets up your entire digestive process for the day, improves concentration, maintains healthy weight, healthy blood sugar, and is just generally yum! If you struggle to eat breakfast in the morning because you are not hungry or feel nauseas, your digestive system may need a bit of TLC from your favourite health practitioner. A glass of warm water with the juice of 1/2 a lemon on waking is a good start! If you struggle to eat breakfast because you are short on time, read on for some suggestions.

  • Make up a large batch of muesli, ready to go.
  • If you have to leave for work super early, have a stash at work that you can eat when you get there.
  • Set your alarm 10 minutes earlier, do it as in investment in yourself!
  • Put a serve of muesli in a bowl, cover with milk of your choice, and sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning you will have a fab bircher style muesli ready to decorate with any toppings you have on hand, or just enjoy as is.
  • Hard boiled eggs. Just putting it out there.
  • If you do feel like toast, make the topping count with a high protein nut spread, hummus and avocado, chopped up hard boiled egg, or tahini and honey.
  • Smoothies are a good super fast breakfast solution, I will be posting more on that later.

If you have more time there is no end to the breakfast options, these are just a few quick ideas for the time poor. One of my all time favourite breakfasts is a breakfast salad (think figs, goat’s cheese, greens, peaches), but this works better in the warmer months…

Gorgeous Granola
4 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups coconut flakes
1 cup almonds, or mixed nuts of your choice
scant 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup pepitas or sunflower seeds, or both!
4 tablespoons coconut oil
1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
A few shakes of cinnamon (optional)

Fun extras to add after cooking:
Cacao nibs
Goji berries or those little organic dried figlets (packed with calcium!!)
Chia seeds

Mix the oats, coconut, nuts and salt in a large bowl. 
Combine the coconut oil and maple syrup/honey, use a small saucepan over a low heat if your oil is solid.
Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients, and stir well to coat.
Find your largest baking tray, line with baking paper and spread out the muesli on top.
Bake at around 160-170 degrees for 10 minutes. Take out the tray and stir. Pop it back into the oven and continue cooking for 5 minutes at a time, stirring after each 5 minutes, until the muesli is lightly golden. This will probably take 10-15 minutes.

Result = full of protein, fibre, energy, and deliciousness! Ready to rock breakfast, or sustaining snack. Top with yoghurt and fresh fruit if you like. 

Enjoy with much joy and deliciousness! x

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