Cereal, it’s not for breakfast anymore.
We’ve banned commercial, boxed cereals from our breakfast menu, and pantry for that matter, and replaced it with a high protein meal for several reasons. Boxed cereals are generally loaded with refined sugar, processed grains, gluten, soy, synthetic vitamins and genetically engineered ingredients. Why is protein essential to start the day? Paula Owens, nutritionist and fitness expert states, “Protein and fat help prevent blood sugar fluctuations, increase energy, fuel your brain, and eliminate cravings. In fact, the first 40 grams of protein you eat every day goes to rebuild your immune system.” To read more about the benefits of starting your day with quality protein foods, read Paula Owen’s article, “Breakfast, Fuel for your Brain and Body.”
Don’t want to give up eating cereal? There is a healthier alternative to highly processed, commercial cereals. My family enjoys this delicious muesli cereal with fresh blueberries from our yard bushes and raw wildflower honey we harvest from our beehives. Frozen berries work great in this recipe too as they thaw overnight in the muesli. Store bought muesli contains dried fruit instead of fresh or frozen, thus increasing the sugar content, giving us another reason to make our own. Most oat products on the market contain traces of wheat and gluten because they are processed in the same facilities with wheat. However, there are gluten-free oats available. Bob’s Red Mill is a source for gluten-free oats. By soaking the oats overnight, the oats become easier to digest. Almonds add essential vitamins and minerals to this luscious cereal. Paula Owens, also informs, “A study in the Nutrition and Metabolism Journal revealed that eating almonds at breakfast stabilize blood sugar and induce feeling of satiety versus a high glycemic breakfast of juice and toast.”
While we don’t suggest that you have muesli for breakfast every day, it makes a nice Sunday morning treat. My husband likes to have a bowl of cereal for lunch on occasion. Enjoy!
4 cups old-fashioned, organic rolled oats, gluten-free
1 cup coconut flakes, unsweetened
1 cup sliced almonds
2 cups desired fruit combination, fresh or frozen: blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and/or kiwi, peeled and diced
2 organic apples, grated with the skins on
2 cups almond milk
½ cup raw honey
Add the first three dry ingredients to a large bowl and stir to combine. Add the remaining ingredients and fold until mixture is moistened thoroughly. Cover and chill overnight in the refrigerator, before serving. To serve, spoon desired portion into individual cereal bowls. Pour in additional almond milk, and raw honey, if desired. Store remaining muesli in the refrigerator and consume within five days.
Deborah Tukua is an author, freelance writer and editor of Journey to Natural Living. For more great recipes, check out the recipe index page and Deborah's book, Naturally Sweet Blender Treats.
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