This is my idea of a healthy breakfast during the Festive Season – and it works just as well for those dark wintry European mornings as it does for the hot, summery Christmas season Down Under. Homemade Muesli is a family staple in our house for breakfast on any day – so we make up a batch and keep it in the pantry. This year I decided to make a special Muesli for the festive season that has all the goodness of oats, fibre and protein – and the unmistakable taste of Christmas!
4 cups of Rolled Oats
1 cup of oat bran
1 cup of LSA
1/2 cup chia seeds (black or white or 50/50)
1 cup of linseed (flax seed)
1 cup of pumpkin seeds
1 cup of sunflower seeds
1 cup of low sugar Cranberries
1 cup of roughly chopped Pistachio Nuts
1 cup of dates – pitted and chopped (preferably Medjool)
1/2 cup of lecthithcin (optional)
11/2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of ginger
1 teaspoon of freshly ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons of dried mandarin segments – grated
(or Mandarin skin dried and ground)
Put all the ingredients into a large bowl and mix – store in an airtight container (in the fridge only if you have included Lecithin). This will keep the family in festive, fit and healthy breakfasts over the holidays and ensure every body gets a nutritious start to the day.
Soak with milk – cow, goat, soy, almond whatever (or try coconut water or freshly squeezed orange juice).
Top with natural yoghurt and fresh fruit. Eat, feel your body sing and enjoy. Yum!
A delicious, colourful & highly festive muesli in both look and taste, which the whole family will love – and help them resist all those naughty temptations at this time of year!
This amount will keep the average family in festive, fit and healthy breakfasts for a couple of weeks over the holidays – and ensure you all get the best start to the day.
Wishing you all a Healthy + Happy Christmas.
Some health notes about my Christmas Muesli
I have replaced the more usual raisins or sultanas with cranberries for their Christmas red colour and delicious flavour, as well their free radical chasing antioxidants in the form of Vitamin E and a small amount of Vitamin C. The fat contained in Cranberries is the healthier unsaturated fat which is heart healthy as unsaturated fats can lower your cholesterol levels and regulate blood sugar levels. Try to find the low sugar dried cranberries as these are obviously better for you.
The natural foil for the cranberries are pistachios, which are relatively low in saturated fat but high in protein and dietary fibre – as well as containing magnesium potassium and some B vitamins.
Dates are high in natural sugar, but are also high in insoluble fibre and are mineral rich, providing high levels of potassium, manganese, magnesium and copper. They also supply many essential B vitamins. The combination of natural sugars and insoluble fibre means that dates help regulate blood sugar levels – the sugar they supply is absorbed into the body gradually because the fibre slows down the digestive process.
The spices I have added conjure up the flavour and smells of Christmas as well as working well with the fruit and nuts included.
The dried mandarin segments or skin adds another layer of Christmas.
All together it is a delicious Chrissy combo ….