Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I’m sure you’ve all heard that before, and if you’re like me you’ll agree. I think I’ve mentioned in a previous post about my issues with hanger. It’s a real problem. Suddenly I’ll turn into an angry lion hunting for prey; anything that gets in my way may gets it’s head bitten off. I have strategies that I’ve developed to avoid the onset of hanger, not only for me but mostly for the people around me.
I like to know when/what my next meal will be. When my husband proposed, he made up an elaborate story to get me at the beach by sunrise. The story was that we had to get up early because we were going ‘whale watching’ on a friend’s boat. So naturally, I wanted to pack some lunch, but he adamantly told me not to worry. The idea of being on a boat without any food kind of made me preemptively hangry. Luckily for me, it turned out I got a ring and there was no food-less boat!
Breakfast is my number one way of keeping the hanger at bay. I actually look forward to breakfast. Sometimes I’ll wake up in the middle of the night, slightly hungry, and just lie there thinking about breakfast until I fall back to sleep (that’s normal, right?). I usually have oats in some form for breakfast. If I get slack and just have some toast, things get a bit awkward by 9 o’clock at work when my stomach is rumbling loudly as I talk to patients.
Thankfully, I’m pretty sure I live in the Breakfast capital of the world. Anyone else living in Melbourne will know what I’m talking about. Nothing beats dog-watching while sipping on a cappucino and eating *insert favourite cafe breakfast* in the sunshine. That favourite cafe breakfast for me is usually Bircher Muesli. It used to be the Bircher at Mama Bear in Flemington until they changed their menu. That was a really sad day. Ever since I’ve made multiple different Bircher Muesli’s at home, just trying to reach somewhere near the goodness of Mama Bear’s. After many attempts, I’ve been through the mourning process and accepted a life without Mama Bear’s Bircher. I’ve moved on with something new and different, my Blueberry and Beetroot Bircher Muesli.
I might have lost some of you with the beetroot part. I love it, my husband hates it. If you’re not keen please don’t stop reading, you can swap out the beetroot for apple! This recipe makes about 5 serves. I tend to make it on a Sunday so I’m set for breakfast for the week (just make sure your milk has enough time left on it’s use-by).
So for those of you who need a bright and tasty breakfast for the summer, here it is. This will keep away the hanger so you don’t lose your boyfriend/job/shit! Enjoy!
Bright Blueberry and Beetroot Bircher Muesli
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 cup milk
- 3 tbsp pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
- 1/4 cup sultanas
- 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1 small beetroot/apple, grated
In a blender, mix together the frozen blueberries, orange juice and milk. In a large-ish tupperware container, mix together the pepitas, sultanas, rolled oats and grated beetroot. Pour the blended mixture into the container and stir together. Put the lid on the container and refrigerate overnight.
I like to serve this with plain yoghurt, fresh berries and a drizzle of honey.