Good mooooorning! I always start my day with my muesli. And don’t laugh - but I think I’ve been eating this exact same breakfast for about 4 years now! I just love everything about it & if I love something I don’t need a change ♡ At most I’m alternating between strawberries and raspberries haha.
Apart from the taste it’s also has awesome nutritional values, as well as a lot of ingredients that are super healthy for your body!
So let’s get started! I’ll tell you what I use, why I use it & what it does to the body ♡
1. THE MUESLI
So obviously you need a „base“. I use about 40-50g of normal, rolled oats (but the softer ones, not the thick & hard ones). For me, oats are the best thing ever because they give tons of energy & strength to kickstart your day. They consist out of healthy carbs, a decent amount of protein, unsaturated fats, lots of fibers (great for your digestion), vitamins, iron and soooo on. I could write a whole book about oats.
And since I’m an absolute sweet tooth I can’t go without 20-30g of chocolate muesli in the morning. Regular chocolate crunchies always contain tons of sugar but luckily I found one that tastes DIVINE and is only sweetened with agave sirup - so no hint of cane sugar!! I always buy it in my local organic supermarket but I also found it on Amazon HERE.
Oh and I don’t heat my muesli - so it’s not a porridge! I just mix all the ingredients in a bowl and eat it like that. Time is money so better be quick in the morning!
Next I’m adding fruit. And that’s where I start to vary - woohoo. My absolute (!) favorite is pomegranate. Pomegranate is loaded with powerful antioxidants, has shown to reduce inflammations (inflammations are often the driving forces of diseases like cancer), is full of vitamins etc. etc. - pomegranate is my favorite, end of story.
Then I also really like using berries of all sorts - especially raspberries (fresh or frozen), strawberries & blueberries. They are also loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and they are very low in sugars.
If you’re looking for some extra calories in the morning you can also use bananas of course!
3. YOGURT & MILK
„Milk“. I think by now you know that I prefer rice-coconut milk, almond milk or rice-almond milk over cow’s milk. I wouldn’t say that I never drink cow’s milk but if I’ve got the option I will always choose those plant based milks.
And then I also add quark or greek yogurt for the proteeein. It also gives the muesli a creamy texture! Till now I haven’t found a yummy & high protein non-dairy quark substitute - do you know one? So I always use a normal, dairy yogurt with 0,2%-5% fat and about 10g of protein per 100g.
THE FUN PART! Here you can see a variation of toppings. Most of the times I choose 2 or 3 of them. Most of the times I don’t have all of them at home or some days I just don’t feel like „coconut flakes“. All of toppings have great health benefits and I would highly recommend trying them!!
Raw Cocoa Powder: Absolut fave. That’s actually the only topping that I use daily. It makes your muesli taste like chocolate, although it contains close to no sugar - nothing more to say. But actually I could mention that cocoa powder has 1) an antidepressant effect -> it makes you happy 2) is fulllll of antioxidants, e.g. 20 times more than blueberries or 120 times more than bananas 3) lowers blood pressure 4) contains sulfur -> shiny hair & strong hair
Seeds: Flea seeds, chia seeds, flaxseeds & hempseeds. They are rich in fibers, omega 3 fats, vitamins, protein, minerals & antioxidants. That’s why they protect your skin, significantly improve your digestion (oh the digestion topic again haha) & help you fight diseases.
Cocoa Nibs: Rich in antioxidants, fibres & potassium. And they give you that extra crunch with every bite! Yum!
Raisins: I mainly use them because you can leave them in your drawer for months, they never get „old“ and still give you a fruity feeling in your muesli. That’s why I always get back to them if I run out of fresh fruits! They also contain some fibers, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants though.
Nuts: In my opinion Almonds & Walnuts fit best in muesli. Of course they contain a high amount of unsaturated fats & are also high in calories - which is a great energy booster & also awesome if you want to gain weight and want to easily get in 100-200 kcal by adding a couple of nuts. Apart from that nuts are essential in your diet. They lower blood sugar levels, reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels. So don’t be afraid & go nuts!
Coconut Flakes: They taste amazing, are a great source of calories (so better eat them in moderation if you want to lose weight) and contain fibers & antioxidants. But I rather add them for the flavor, not for their health benefits.
5. FINISH OFF
Here are all the steps next to each other! Now you just need to mix everything together & enjoy ♡
What is your favorite breakfast? Do you rather prefer something salty? Tell me in the comments!
PS: That was my first time trying to do some proper food photography. Harder than I thought!