Did any of you make a New Years resolution to eat breakfast every day? If you’re still looking for a commitment in 2010, breakfast might be a good place to start. Eating breakfast improves your weight control/loss and helps give you energy all morning long. I never have a problem with eating in the morning, but I do struggle with getting out the door in time, so I am a fan of easy breakfasts that can be made in advance. I recently discovered Bircher Muesli at brunch a few weeks ago. Bircher Muesli differs from the Muesli you might have seen in the cereal aisle of the grocery store, and is much healthier. Bircher Muesli is made of uncooked oats, soaked overnight, and mixed with yogurt and dried and fresh fruits. It was developed around 1900 a Swiss physician named Maximilian Bircher-Benner, who was a very early pioneer in eating raw and whole foods. It’s easy to prepare, delicious, and keeps me full all morning long. There are many variations on this dish, below is the recipe that I have been enjoying:

Bircher Muesli

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • About ¼ cup of skim milk or apple juice
  • ½ apple, chopped or grated
  • About 3 tbsp plain nonfat or low-fat yogurt
  • About 1 tbsp honey, maple syrup, or agave to sweeten
  • Topping ideas:
  • Walnuts, almonds, pecans
  • Dried cranberries, raisins, or apricots
  • Chopped bananas or any seasonal fruit

Instructions:

  1. Mix ½ cup of rolled oats with milk or apple juice (just enough to cover the oats)
  2. Cover bowl and refrigerate overnight
  3. In the morning, add the chopped apple, as well as a few tablespoons of nonfat or low-fat plain yogurt. From this point, you can add your pick of toppings. I’ve been adding chopped walnuts, sliced banana, dried cranberries, and a little bit of honey. Only a tiny bit of sweetener is needed once you add the natural sweetness of dried and fresh fruits. Play around with ingredients, using your personal favorites, or in-season berries. Enjoy!

-Jean

What is your favorite quick breakfast?

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