Now that the champagne glasses have been washed and put away, and the last fizz of bubbly has faded in my tummy, and the calendar on my desk still looks mostly pristine and uncluttered, all I can think of is: breakfast.
The house is in order, holiday festivities are behind us, and it’s time to take that first step toward all those resolutions, intentions, goals, or actions…whatever you may call them. And we need a good start. So why not begin with the first meal of the day?
By now, you know my love for homemade granola, and my obsession with overnight refrigerator oatmeal. But lately, my thoughts have been occupied by meusli. What’s the difference? I’ve been pondering the same thing. This trinity of healthy breakfasts is so similar, but simply put, I differentiate them as such:
granola = (oven baked oats + nuts + dried fruit) + sweetened + toasted with a little oil
overnight oatmeal = (raw oats + nuts + fruit + seeds) + soaked overnight in milk and/or yogurt
muesli = (raw oats + mixture of grains + dried fruit + nuts + seeds) served soaked in milk or sprinkled over yogurt + with fresh fruit.
Little nuances make a big difference.
Muesli is arguably the healthiest of the three, since in addition to rolled oats, you have a bevy of other hearty grains, and no sweeteners or oils. It may also sound the least appealing. But I assure you, if you already like sprinkling yogurt with crunchy granola, or love the magic of overnight oats greeting you in the refrigerator in the morning, then you will love this Blueberry Muesli.
Muesli can be found in the cereal aisle, but this delicious version can be made in less than three minutes. It is way too easy to toss together rolled oats, oat bran, flaxseed meal, and various nuts, sweetened only with shredded coconut and the best part: dried blueberries. It can be enjoyed as an overnight oatmeal, by soaking in almond, soy or skim milk, or if you prefer the raw crunch, sprinkled simply over yogurt or milk. Whether or not you decide to sweeten it with a drizzle of honey is up to you, but I prefer to add fresh blueberries, and it’s sweet enough for me.
Here’s to healthy starts and a healthy New Year!
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I can't think of a healthier way to start the day. This Swiss German inspired breakfast is sure to give me the energy I need on a busy morning.
1 1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup oat bran
1 cup dried blueberries
1/2 cup flaxseed meal
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Store in a tightly sealed container, in a cool, dry place.
To serve: sprinkle over yogurt or milk, or use as as an overnight oatmeal by soaking overnight, along with fresh fruit and a drizzle of honey, if desired. For more on the latter, see Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal.
Loosely based on Homemade Muesli, Bon Appetit.