These days, buying everything ready-to-eat is tempting—options in the market make them easy to buy. Breakfasts are, more often than not, an eat-on-the-go or grab-and-go kind of meal—especially when dealing with traffic and getting to work on time. However, just because you’re in a mad dash every morning, doesn’t mean you have to go for fast food, deli sandwiches (that have tons of hidden calories), or cereal loaded with sugar. Trying to eat healthfully or stick to a diet? Ditch the packaged “healthy” cereals and granola, too. Many granola varieties are loaded with hidden sugar, sweeteners, or honey, not to mention dried fruits that are packed with sugar and preservatives. The crunch of “fiber”, could also mean it’s loaded with unnecessary carbohydrates like rice puffs, corn flakes, and the like.
Allow us to introduce you to muesli. Muesli, like granola, is a mix of oats, nuts, seeds, and fruits usually eaten for breakfast. They’re great with milk (both dairy and otherwise), or yogurt, and when chosen well, are packed with fiber, vitamins, calcium, and protein. The difference is, muesli foregoes binding ingredients used in granola (like honey, syrup, sugar, or yogurt) that gives you the clumpy texture and sweetness. All you need is a base and some fresh toppings, your choice of milk, and you’re good to go—a small bowl can pack so much nutrients, but will fill your belly even way past lunch time.
Add a cup or more of your choice of milk or yogurt—non-fat milk, your choice of nut milk, coconut milk, rice milk, and the like. Add your sweetener of choice if needed—but trust us, fresh fruits and raisins have enough natural sweetness that you won’t even need a sweetener.
Before Monday rolls around, stock up three jars with rolled oats, mixed unsalted nuts, and rains to make food prep easy, or combine all three ingredients in a large jar. Buy a mix of fresh fruits from the supermarket or weekend market and keep them in the fridge. Right before breakfast time, fill a small bowl with your base, and top with fresh fruits of choice. Add milk and enjoy. Prefer your oats cooked? Boil oats with water, and add toppings right before eating. A small bowl will go a long way: the protein from the nuts, fiber and nutrients from the fruits and oats, and the calcium from the milk or yogurt will fill you up, and will do wonders for your digestion!