Monday, January 26

National Breakfast Week: Healthy Bircher Muesli

According to the holy gospel that is the Waitrose magazine, this week (25th-31st January), is 'Breakfast Week': a time to celebrate the most important meal of the day.

Now anyone who follows my Instagram will know that breakfast is a big part of my life. I live for brunch and it is without a doubt my favourite meal of the day. 
So this week, it is going to be pretty food orientated on the blog and I'm going to feature a few breakfast-y things.

Breakfast, if you haven't already heard, is vital to kick start your day. It fuels you're body, wakes you up and more crucially, helps you avoid the dreaded stage of...

"Hangry: (Han-gry) When you are so hungry that your lack of food causes you to become angry, frustrated or both."

Nobody likes being hangry.

And there aren't any excuses or cries of "I don't have time", not when you have a recipe like this under your belt.
I nipped home this weekend to sort out a few bits and bobs before lectures start again this morning, and my mum proudly plated up her new favourite morning bite.
With a steaming cup of coffee by my side, (I'm a complete addict and can't wake up without it), I had a look over the recipe.

My mum and I have been obsessed with the Hairy Bikers diet books for ages, their chilli con carne recipe is now my staple and we make their recipes all of the time.
Since I usually have porridge every morning, I was a bit hesitant to try this bircher muesli. I've got to the stage now with porridge that nothing else fills me up in the morning!
But, I was really impressed with this muesli. Tasty, nutty, and healthy- it's the perfect recipe for those trying to watch their weight and with little time.

My mum makes a huge bowl which will last her a few days at a time, saving her a couple of minutes in the early hours of the morning.

To make your own Hairy Bikers bircher muesli, you will need:

- 50g porridge oats
- 25g blanched hazelnuts, chopped
- 1 eating apple
- 75ml apple juice
- 100ml semi skimmed milk
- 150g fat free or Greek yoghurt
- 1tbsp light brown sugar or runny honey
- Berries or stewed fruit to serve. (I just cooked some plums in a pan with a few tbsp of water and a tsp of cinnamon for about 5 minutes until soft and with a vibrant pink residue. You could do this with any fruit: rhubarb, blueberries and apples all work well.)

All  you do is put the oats and hazelnuts into a bowl. Peel and grate the apple (coarsely), then stir this and the apple juice into the oats, followed by the milk, yoghurt and sugar/honey. Cover and chill for at least an hour or overnight. Then serve with whatever fruit you fancy.

It's such a ridiculously simple recipe and at only 328 calories (if having a large portion and split between two people), or 219 if split between three, it really is a cracker. 

Now that this is written, I'm popping off to dish myself up some muesli (I'm on stewed rhubarb today), before heading into uni to read about Napoleonic invasions of England.What a thrilling day!

What's everyone else's favourite breakfast options?


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