Breakfast…beyond the box

My challenge to you this week is to think beyond packaged, processed breakfast cereals (yes, I do mean Weetbix!) and to ban all those boxes with their seemingly virtuous health claims emblazoned across the front. Put simply, just about all ‘breakfast cereals’ you buy in a box are refined and processed, meaning the whole grain (rice, corn, oat or wheat) has been put through machines to change its form and has been depleted of most of the goodness it started with. So much so, that synthetic vitamins and minerals need to be added back in after processing.

The best, most nutritious start to your day will always be whole grains, fruits, nuts and seeds.

Breakfast at our house

At this time of year, weekdays usually consist of various styles of homemade muesli or bircher muesli and more recently, i’ve started making granola to add some crunch and indulgence to our repertoire – all served with lashings of natural yoghurt and fresh fruit (or thawed, frozen berries).

Saturdays are usually easy – croissants from the markets or quality fruit toast (our local bakery favourites include Barrett’s and Lawley’s) with nut butter and preserves or simply some organic butter.

Sunday signifies leisurely eggs (usually scrambled – but I do love poached) with spinach and rye toast, or buckwheat pancakes with real maple syrup and berries.

Recipe Inspiration

I have to admit that my muesli recipes tend to change every time I make them – i’m always adapting and tweaking them to suit the season or what I have on hand in the pantry. Start with these ideas and add your own interpretation:

Granola

  • My current favourite is an olive oil and maple syrup based version that you can download here. Granola isn’t difficult, its just a matter of being prepared with the basic ingredients and remembering to stir the mixture every now and again while its in the oven. The sweet and spicy aroma in the kitchen is worth it!
  • I also love Nigella’s version using apple sauce and rice syrup.
  • If you prefer a no fuss approach, then the Sunday Suppers recipe (pictured above) might be more your style, based simply on oats, nuts, butter and honey.

Bircher Muesli

If you just can’t bring yourself to make your muesli from scratch, then you simply can’t go past australian organic company realgoodfood. They have a fantastic range of mueslis, porridges and bircher mixes in lovely glass jars. I lived off their Chocolate Bircher Muesli when I was pregnant!

No more excuses to have to resort to those cereals that taste about as good as the box they are packed in…

Go forth and mix your muesli today and get your day off to the best possible start!

{Images clockwise from top left: Neil Perry’s Bircher Muesli; Sunday Suppers Granola; Design*Sponge granola ingredients; Bircher Muesli from Trotski & Ash}

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